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Feb. 2: Alumna endows student scholarship

Monday, February 2, 2015

FREDERICK, Md.—An endowed scholarship that will benefit students pursuing bachelor degrees in business, education, music or the humanities, and named for an alumna and longtime supporter of Hood College, has been established with combined donor gifts.

Michael S. and Marlene Grossnickle Young, president of Delaplaine Foundation Inc., founded The Marlene B. Grossnickle Young '76, H'14 Scholarship. The scholarship is also supported by George B. Delaplaine Jr., chairman of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. and by the Youngs' children and their spouses, Steven W. and Lauren R. Young and Derek P. and Jennifer Young Ritter, who earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Hood.

"I am deeply humbled and honored in the establishment of this scholarship," said Young. "It is an honor and privilege to be able to give back to a community and institution that has afforded me great opportunities. We anticipate that this scholarship will help future students receive a first-class higher education at Hood so that they can make a positive difference in their own lives and communities."

Young has backed other Hood College programs. Through the Delaplaine Foundation, Young has supported Hood College's summer reading clinic, which provides instruction for children who need to improve vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling, grammar and writing skills. She and her husband also instituted the Virginia Shaver Harshman '41 Scholarship.

"We are grateful to the Young family and George Delaplaine for their generosity, now and over the years," said Hood College President Ronald J. Volpe. "Their uncommon generosity to Hood continues to enable students to realize their dreams."

The Frederick community and business leader, philanthropist, administrator and musician has piloted a number of other education-related enterprises. She is the founder of the Frederick News-Post History Bee, an annual competition based on Frederick history for elementary-age children. She and her husband established the Carson Reading Room at Wolfsville Elementary School and are underwriters of the Carson Scholars Fund. They have established The Young Scholars Award Fund through the community foundations of Frederick and Washington counties, which provides scholarship funding for high school seniors at Middletown and Smithsburg high schools who are pursuing higher education.

Young has recorded and released seven albums, the sales proceeds of which have gone to benefit multiple local nonprofit organizations, including The United Way, Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs and the Women’s Giving Circle.

In May 2014 Hood awarded Young an honorary doctorate in recognition of her contributions and commitment to the Frederick and Hood communities.