Community Foundation’s Viren and Rekha Sharma Scholarship Fund Awarded to James M. Bennett High School Student

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Zane Rigler, a graduate of James M. Bennett High School, is congratulated by Viren Sharma for earning the inaugural Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Viren and Rekha Sharma Scholarship. Zane will attend Salisbury University in the fall. The new scholarship was established by the Sharmas to support students who are pursuing a college degree in engineering, math or science.

From (l to r) are: Viren Sharma, Fund Representative, Zane Rigler, scholarship recipient and Betty Rigler, Zane’s Mother

Over 200 scholarships worth almost $300,000 have been awarded to deserving local students throughout the three county region. The Viren and Rekha Sharma Scholarship, like other scholarship funds, is a permanent endowment fund held at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

About the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore: Celebrating 30 years of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) has been serving the needs of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties granting more than $50 million. Through the generosity and vision of our donors, CFES awarded grants totaling more than $5.4 million in fiscal year 2013. CFES brings together donors and builds on community assets through scholarship grants, advocacy and leadership development. By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods and nonprofit capacity building, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of health, education, arts and culture, community development and the environment. For more information about the Community Foundation, please visit for more information or call 410-742-9911.

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