October 29, 2010 -- The Webber Family Foundation will support Montgomery College through two grants totaling $130,000 for scholarships and programs. One of the foundation’s grants will provide $30,000 over two years for a new initiative, the Innovation Fund, announced by Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard at her inauguration on October 29, 2010. The Innovation Fund will support creative new programs and services that enhance the education and graduation of Montgomery College students.
The foundation is also providing a $100,000 grant over four years to award scholarships to students with financial need and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Eligible students must be studying engineering or the arts, two of the areas of special interest to the late Arthur and Adrian Webber, former board members of the Webber Family Foundation and lifelong learners at Montgomery College. Scholarships will also be available to students who graduate from the Gateway to College program, a special initiative for at-risk youth who are completing their high school diplomas at Montgomery College, and who are interested pursuing their associate’s degree at the College.
“The Webber Family Foundation continues to be a generous supporter of the mission of Montgomery College,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “The foundation realizes the importance of educating young people and these grants will directly affect the futures of countless Montgomery College students by providing scholarships and funds to develop new curricula to improve learning outcomes. I can think of no better way to recognize and celebrate the Webbers’ passion for education.”
Arthur and Adrian Webber took dozens of arts and humanities classes at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus. A former elementary school teacher and administrator at the National Institutes of Health, Mrs. Webber began taking classes in the summer of 1987. Her interests were in photography, foreign languages, violin and Israeli dancing. Mr. Webber, who had an engineering background, began taking classes in the fall semester of 1995. He enjoyed photography, piano, sculpture and foreign languages.
Mrs. Webber passed away on October 26, 2007, and her husband died on May 16, 2008. In 2009, the Webber Family Foundation created an endowed memorial scholarship in Mr. and Mrs. Webber’s name.
The Webber Family Foundation was founded in 1999 to support educational programs in Austin, Texas and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The foundation has provided a number of generous grants to the College’s Arts Institute for activities and events benefiting students and the general public, including “WILLPower!,” the annual William Shakespeare festival at Montgomery College.
Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.