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Frederick Community College unveils new name for Learning Commons Center

The center was named after Bess and Frank Gladhill, who donated to FCC

FREDERICK, Md. - Sunday was a busy one at Frederick Community College with an unveiling of the name for the learning commons center and a celebration with many Frederick County officials for a scholarship fund.

Sunday Frederick Community College held a dedication ceremony with many officials from Frederick County. The ceremony was for the newly named learning commons center after scholarship donors’ Bess and Frank Gladhill.

"It’s a wonderful place to have Bess and Frank Gladhill's name on because it is such a popular place with our students" says Deborah Powell, Executive Director for the Frederick Community College Foundation.

The Bess and frank Gladhill learning commons is used for students to get one on one assistance, use study rooms and an innovative digital makers space.

"This space is the center for students support in so many ways" says Elizabeth Burmaster, President of Frederick Community College

The revealing of the name also comes with a special gift from the Gladhill family who are very well known in the area. The scholarship will provide one year scholarships of up to $6,400.00 for those who qualify.

"Things like books and childcare and people trying to balance work and things like that it could be a really big issue for students so I think it’s a really big deal especially for some people who are really in need and who could really excel but they wouldn’t have a chance without it" says Julie Yagodich, President of FCC student government.

The Gladhill family has given back to a number of local charities. And Mrs. Gladhill says today is overwhelming and she misses her late husband but she said he would be so proud.

"Frank would say I’ve live in Frederick county and I now have the opportunity to give back to Frederick county what they’ve given me" says Bess Gladhill, Bess & Frank Gladhill Scholar Fund.

And Gladhills daughters say Sunday is bittersweet but they are excited to be able to help students at a college they’ve all attended.

"Were very proud to be here today it’s a beautiful facility were proud that our family have a legacy and we’ve been involved with the college for a long time" says Laurie Mark, one of the Gladhill daughters.

Frederick County executive Jan Gardner was also there for the ribbon cutting and to present an award to the Gladhill family.


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