PharmaCare Establishes Four-Year Award to Benefit Frostburg Community
Sarah Fuller, the first recipient of the J. Glenn Beall Jr. Memorial Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship to a Mountain Ridge High School student attending Frostburg State University, speaks with John Balch, president of PharmaCare Networks, which funded the scholarship, during his recent visit to the FSU Admissions Office, where Sarah works.
When PharmaCare opened a new pharmacy in Frostburg in the summer of 2006, John Balch, president of the PharmaCare Networks, was ready to commit to its new community. The new Mountain Ridge High School rising within sight of the business on New George’s Creek Road and his own belief in the value of education made for an easy decision.
After PharmaCare gave Mountain Ridge a computer lab in its first year, school officials suggested that a scholarship would be a more beneficial gift in the long run. The J. Glenn Beall Jr. Memorial Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship for Mountain Ridge students attending Frostburg State University, was born.
Balch chose to name the scholarship in honor of the late U.S. senator in recognition of the stature he held in the community, and that of his family before him.
“Sen. J. Glenn Beall was a longtime friend and one of the most legendary citizens of Frostburg,” Balch said. Beall served as Maryland’s U.S. senator in the 1970s and was a successful businessman and committed community volunteer.
PharmaCare has committed more than $92,500 to cover the costs of four years of full in-state tuition and associated fees at FSU for a Mountain Ridge High School graduate each year.
Sarah Fuller, a freshman at FSU who is the first Beall Scholarship recipient, learned of her good fortune graduation night.
“When they called it out, I was a little shocked. I couldn’t really believe they said my name,” she said. But her family heard right, and they all jumped up and cried. Fuller’s mother, Kim Fuller, who is a single mom, could now stop worrying about how to put her daughter through college.
While Balch and PharmaCare are not involved in the selection process – that is handled by Mountain Ridge – it turns out Balch knew Fuller’s mother, and she was in his office the very next morning to express her thanks.
Fuller, who earned other scholarships and works in the FSU Admissions Office to cover books and other expenses, is now able to plan for graduate school as soon as she graduates from FSU. She intends to major in early childhood education.
Balch purposely did not seek a minimum grade point average as a requirement for the scholarship. His concern was that it go to a good, hard-working student and that it would be awarded every year. “In exchange, I hope they appreciate it and get a good education,” he said.
Sarah Fuller is grateful and on her way to that good education. Her advice for other students? “Try your best. Get the best grades you can. It can affect you in good ways.”
The FSU Foundation has embarked on a $15 million comprehensive campaign, Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, to raise badly needed funding for higher education in Western Maryland. Donations to the Foundation support student scholarships and programs, academic programs, faculty development and other critical University needs. For more information about supporting FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu/admin/foundation or call 301-687-4161.