SALISBURY, MD---Two of the lower Eastern Shore’s most generous citizens, Charles and Martha Fulton of Snow Hill, are making graduation brighter for a group of Worcester County high school seniors this year. The Fultons have endowed a new $200,000 fund at Salisbury State University for Worcester County Scholars.
Nine Worcester County students have been awarded $1,500 to attend SSU, renewable each year for a possible total of $6,000.
“Charles and Martha Fulton have lived by the motto, ‘You are what you give.’ In particular, their generosity to young people has made them icons in this region. Their names have become a part of the fabric of Salisbury State and we are most grateful,” said SSU President William C. Merwin.
This is the second major scholarship fun the Fultons have established at the University. The first was in 1989 when they endowed SSU’s School of Liberal Arts. A portion of that $2.5 million bequest was set aside for the Fulton Scholars Program. The School of Liberal Arts was renamed in their honor.
While the Fulton Scholarships are reserved for students in the liberal arts, the Worcester County Scholars Program is open to all academic disciplines. Although all of this year’s winners are freshmen, both graduate and undergraduate students may apply. The only restriction is that the applicant be a graduate of a Worcester County public high school. Preference are give to students with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B) or better and who have financial need.
The Fultons are deeply concerned about the problems and education of young people in all aspects and have generously supported a variety of educational programs in the region. Charles Fulton is a retired agribusinessman.
Worcester County, where the Fultons reside much of the year, included Ocean City, Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke City. It has the largest population of students attending Salisbury State after Wicomico, SSU’s home county.