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Date: April 3, 2009
Media Contacts: Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College Establishes the Adrian and Arthur Webber Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Webber Family Foundation Commits $55,000 to Support Students with Financial Needs

The Webber Family Foundation has pledged $55,000 to the Montgomery College Foundation to create the Adrian and Arthur Webber Memorial Endowed Scholarship to benefit Montgomery College students with financial needs. Adrian and Arthur Webber were former board members of the Webber Family Foundation and lifelong learners at Montgomery College.

“Adrian and Arthur Webber embraced the lifelong learning opportunities available at Montgomery College and their shared joy of learning inspired our students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. Brian K. Johnson, president of Montgomery College, “We are so grateful to the Webber Family Foundation and the Webbers’ children for their generosity to establish this special scholarship for our students.”

The Webbers 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 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. The endowed scholarship will celebrate the Webbers’ passion for education by providing support for students studying at Montgomery College.

The Webber Family Foundation was founded in 1999 to support educational programs in Austin, TX 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.

This gift will help the Montgomery College Foundation reach its goal of raising $25 million in private support for Montgomery College. The Montgomery College Campaign marks the largest fundraising effort ever at a Maryland community college.

The Montgomery College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization governed by alumni, business, and community leaders to enhance the work of Montgomery College. The work of the Montgomery College Foundation has placed Montgomery College among the top 10 community colleges in the nation in fundraising.

For additional information about the Adrian and Arthur Webber Memorial Endowed Scholarship or to make a gift to the fund, please contact Rose Garvin Aquilino, director of corporate and foundation relations at Montgomery College, at 240-567-4249.

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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.

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