JCFF is now accepting scholarship applications for the
2017-2018 academic year.
Joseph Ferrante strongly believed in the idea that it is up to us to make our communities, churches, schools, and our country a better place. He was always looking for
ways to give back, including coaching, assisting with the boys and girls club, school and church fundraising both personally and through his business, Nick's Supermarket in Clinton, Maryland. Joe was
active in local and state politic, and helped with weekend retreats for married couples. He served on the Board and as an officer of the Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association. He lent his
hand to all the Association's activities, because he wanted to help make the community a better place to live and raise families. He was also involved with his church and with the Knights of Columbus
in their outreach to the parish and community. He spent time cooking for the Warm program of St. Mary's County which is an outreach to the homeless to give food and shelter during the coldest weather
The GB/PK Civic Association along with the Ferrante and Conlon families want to honor his memory by giving this scholarship(s) to those students who have already found
ways to give back to their schools, communities, churches, or charities. It is not a need-based scholarship, and not necessarily given to the student with the highest grades, but will be awarded
based on recommendations from teachers, counselors, church leaders, and civic leaders, combined with grades and an essay.
We will start accepting applications in January of each year. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31st. Award recipients will be notified by mail in May.
Scholarship awards vary. Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the schools.
We hope Joe's legacy will continue to encourage future leaders of our communities and neighborhoods.
Scholarship Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must:
1. Be a graduating High School Senior who will be enrolling full-time in the fall at an accredited institution of higher learning or an accredited technical school; or a
student currently enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning or an accredited technical school.
2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (official transcript required).
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of "giving back" to his or her community, church, or school. This will be determined through a 500 word essay and at
least three recommendations from school, church and/or civic leaders. The topic of the essay is "Why is giving my time and talent to my church, school and/or community an important part of my
4. Be a resident of Southern Maryland, which includes Calvert, Anne Arundel, Charles, Prince George's, and St. Mary's counties.
5. Agree, along with their parents, to allow the use of their name and likeness for the purpose(s) of notifying the public of the award and/or fundraising
Scholarship Application Process
1. Applying student must complete the provided Joseph C. Ferrante Memorial Foundation Scholarship Application.
2. The student applicant will submit a 500 word essay on the following topic: "Why is giving my time and talent to my church, school and/or community an important part of
my life?" The essay must be typewritten, minimum 12 point font, and have a cover page that indicates student's name, address, and phone number. The essay must be the student's original work and all
essays submitted become the property of The Joseph C. Ferrante Memorial Foundation Scholarship.
3. The student applicant must submit at least three (3) recommendations from their school, church and/or civic leaders using the provided recommendation
4. The student applicant must submit an official transcript.
5. The application and supporting documentation must be mailed in its entirety, to:
The Joseph C. Ferrante Foundation Scholarship
P.O. Box 229
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
6. Application, essay, and recommendations must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2017.