bernies 01 Mar , 2018

2018 Bernie Scholarship Awards - Celebration of 63 Awardees

Bernie Tetreault, Co-Founder

Reception (from left Board member Jacqueline Dennard, volunteer Erica Bentley, volunteer and centerpiece donor Floria McGuckian)

Dinner buffet

Cake honoring 63 Awardees

Prior Awardee Colby Moore provides music during dinner

Emcee Diana Benson, Board member

Board Chair, Tocque Peyton

Tayla Brawner, Awardee and speaker

Bitseat Getaneh, Awardee and speaker

Group photo of Awardees

Community Service Awardee and Keynote Speaker, Ruby Rubens

Bernie Tetreault gives Ruby Rubens a Trophy

Retiring Program Administrator Jessica Doran

The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program

Founded in 1995 by Bernie Tetreault, a former Executive Director of the Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC), THE BERNIE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM is a component fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose goal is to change lives through education for low-income students who live in subsidized rental housing in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The program fulfills this goal by providing financial support to augment traditional financial aid.

​We support students' drive, persistence, courage and resilience.

Please check out our site. We have lots of information whether you are applying for a college scholarship or would like to donate your time, expertise, or money to help others! The latest news and other articles can now be found in our Blog section.

Be sure to friend/follow us on Facebook, LinkedInTwitter and Instagram!


Check out our new BROCHURE. Download/print/email to your friends and family and spread the word about the Bernie! The brochure has great information about how our MISSION, how to DONATE, and how future students can APPLY.



Bernie Scholarship Awardees left to right:
Yvette Hammond, single mom who completed her B.S. & is now in a Masters degree program, employed with benefits in Community Health & new homeowner;
Kimberly Hanson, new Bernie Board member & daughter of a single mom, completed her B.S. in biology & is working on  a Masters degree; Maryamawit Abate, in her second year at Montgomery College in the Registered Nurse program.