For the fall 2017 term, the Foundation will distribute a total of at least $12,000 in scholarships in the amounts of $500 or $1000

Who  we are: The FHC Communities Education Foundation was created to foster and encourage members of FHC communities  to seek post-high school educational opportunities that may include 2- or 4-year undergraduate degrees, vocational programs and graduate studies.  “FHC communities” are defined as

  • FHC employees and their families world-wide;
  • Immediate family members of our customers,  vendors, and industry partners;
  • Residents of communities surrounding Bowdoin, Maine;   Greenville, Pennsylvania;  Bucharest, Romania;   Medellín, Colombia; and now, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 

Scholarship  Details:   For the fall 2017 term, the Foundation will distribute a total of at least $12,000 in scholarships in the amounts of $500 or $1000. Qualified recipients will have demonstrated their understanding of the value of education towards their personal goals and to help support their local community. An applicant must be enrolled in a degree program at a recognized institution of higher learning and be willing to provide all of the application materials outlined below to be considered.

We are proud to announce The Brian Carter Memorial Scholarship. This is an additional opportunity for a single $500 grant. This grant was donated by an FHCer and is intended to be presented to a deserving student pursuing post high school studies in at least one of the following areas: photography, machine tool techniques, conservation/ wildlife studies, music or aviation. The scholarship honors the memory and life interests of longtime FHCer, Brian Carter. This grant will be judged separately and awarded to a single recipient who is also eligible to receive a CEF grant.

Scholarships for the fall 2017 term are based on academic standing and financial need,  as well as content and presentation of the required essays. References may be verified when needed. While these awards are grant based, the Scholarship Committee expects recipients to give back to their communities in the future, either in a monetary capacity or by donating their time to support a positive environment in their community. Funds will be awarded directly to the student, ensuring that they will be tax-free and can be excluded from calculations involving any other student scholarship awards. Funds may be used for school expenses such as books, housing, travel, etc.

Due to the increased number of applications received, our application review board will be selective. Therefore, please make sure you have all of your application materials submitted before the deadline. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

The Application Packet: Your application packet should include the documents outlined on the checklist. Please use the checklist provided to make sure your application is complete. You may submit all essays as one document and transcripts separately. Recommended file format for submission is PDF.

Please submit completed applications to the contact information listed below by:  

Fall 2017:   September 5, 2017 for an estimated September 11, 2017 decision date

Submit your completed application materials to:  CEF co/FHC, Inc., Attn: Cindy Lavan, 1201 Main Street, Bowdoin, Maine, 04287 or via email to For questions, use this contact as well.

Application Packet


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