2024 DCA Scholarship Program Guide


Demonstrating the community’s support for accomplished students in Darnestown.

Demonstrating the community’s support for accomplished students in Darnestown. The DCA scholarship and The Bruce Deppa scholarship rewards students who have completed their secondary education, are advancing their education and have demonstrated civic engagement. This aligns with the DCA’s mission to promote improvements to the quality of life in Darnestown by developing a sense of community and awareness.


Program Description

The Darnestown Civic Association (DCA) Scholarship and The Bruce Deppa Scholarship program seeks to further the DCA’s mission of supporting and enhancing the lives of Darnestown residents, specifically the youth. This scholarship will support students from the community of the DCA boundaries. During each school year, the DCA will award $1,000 to two residents of Darnestown pursuing higher education.



  • Resident within the DCA boundaries
  • Applicants must be graduating seniors accepted into a post 12th grade accredited educational program. Examples of programs include a four-year college or university, community college, military academy, or career and technical education/certification.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 high school grade point average, on a 4.0 scale.


  • Completed application – all fields complete and signed by applicant
  • Essay Response – applicant must complete essay response
  • Transcripts -transcript submitted showing GPA


Applicants are to submit their application package via email or mail to the DCA’s Scholarship Committee. The documents included in the application package serve to support information in the application form, as well as aid in the DCA’s evaluation process.


DCA Scholarship Application

Evaluation Criteria

Every application is reviewed by members of the Scholarship Committee. All applications are reviewed on a “blind basis”. The application is reviewed first for eligibility as stated above. After review, scholarship applications are evaluated on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activities and essay.

Award Announcement and Payout

Applicants will be notified of award status by email. If you are awarded the scholarship, you will be provided instruction via email to sign a scholarship agreement and provide verification of enrollment. Once we receive the required signatures and documentation, we schedule payment directly to the school of your choice. Applicant will be honored at our June Town Hall meeting.

Meet Previous Winners

The DCA Scholarship which supports the applicant who demonstrated civic engagement was awarded to Matthew Nagey. Matthew graduated Quince Orchard High School and is starting his freshman year at University of Georgia in the Honors Program pursuing Finance and Real Estate.

The Bruce Deppa Scholarship which supports the applicant who embodies all things Darnestown was awarded to Adele Williams. Adele graduated Northwest High School and is starting her freshman year at Cornell University pursuing Communications and Government.


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