Harp Medical Center

Scholarship Information

Available Scholarships, Application Details, and Eligibility

For many years students from the Middletown Valley of Frederick County Maryland have been offered scholarships by the Board of Directors of the Dr. J. Elmer Harp Medical Center to pursue medically related careers. Three of these scholarships have been provided through the estate of Jane Harp in honor of her father, for whom the Center is named. The fourth scholarship was established by William H. Browning Jr. to honor his friend Gloria M. "Stretch" Grossnickle who participated in the founding of the Center. Each of the scholarships will be for $3,500. Over the years, scholarships totaling more than $400,000 have been awarded.

Available Scholarships

Dr. J. Elmer Harp Family Memorial Scholarship

The estate of the late Miss Jane E. Harp, daughter of Dr. J. Elmer Harp, funds the Dr. J. Elmer Harp Family Memorial Scholarship. It was established to honor Dr. Harp, a general practitioner who served Middletown Valley families for over 50 years. Each year, the Board of Directors of the Medical Center selects three persons who are pursuing a career in the medical field to receive this scholarship.

The Gloria M. "Stretch" Grossnickle Scholarship Fund

This fund honors Mrs. Grossnickle, who was a charter member of the Harp Board of Directors and served until her death. Her friend, Mr. William H. Browning, Jr., established the fund to honor her. Each year a scholarship is awarded to one person pursuing a career in the medical field.

Scholarship Eligibility

In the past these scholarships have helped send Valley residents to medical school. But not all recipients have been training to become doctors. The awards are targeted at anyone pursuing medically related fields, including, for example, nursing or physical therapy.

Guidelines listed below

Applicants must be pursuing a career in the medical field.
Applicants must be completing their senior year of high school, be enrolled in schools of higher learning, or must be non-traditional students who are pursuing a post-secondary education.
Applicants must have applied to one or more post-secondary institutions or be presently enrolled in a college or university at the time of application.
Applicants must be residents in the Middletown Valley geographic area from: Washington County line (north), Braddock Heights (east), South Mountain (west), and the Potomac River (south).
Among other factors, applicants will be evaluated based on demonstrated financial need.

Important Announcement: Deadline Extension and FAFSA Waiver for 2024 Applicants

In light of significant challenges with FAFSA this year, we are extending the scholarship deadline to May 15th. Additionally, for all 2024 applicants, we are waiving the requirement for a completed FAFSA form. If you are applying based on financial need, kindly submit details about your background in place of the FAFSA form.

Requirements listed below

Completed  application form.
Copy of completed Financial Aid Form (FAFSA) and any other financial form required by colleges.
One recommendation from an academic source.
Copy of authorized high school or college transcript; a GED certificate may be substituted if deemed necessary.
List of other scholarships received and/or applied for.
Copy of letter(s) from college(s) acknowledging acceptance.
List of community/civic activities in which applicant has participated.

Application Requirements

Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria above and follow the list of requirements to submit a complete application for consideration. The application form must be downloaded and be submitted by mail to:

Scholarship Committee
Board of Directors of the Harp Medical Center
P.O. Box 856, Middletown, Md., 21769

Questions can be directed to:


All applications must be received by April 30th.

Take the Next Step

Thank you for exploring the eligibility requirements and application process for our scholarships. Take the next steps towards a rewarding career in the medical field. Begin your application journey today.