Bank Creates Scholarship at Chesapeake College


Pictured L to R are: Chesapeake Board of Trustees Member Robert Grace, The Peoples Bank President and CEO Ralph Dowling, Chesapeake College President Barbara Viniar and The Peoples Bank Executive Vice President and Director William “Tad” Wheatley.

The Peoples Bank, a local and independent community bank since 1910, recently gave a $50,000 donation to Chesapeake College

The $50,000 gift will establish an endowed scholarship to be awarded yearly to deserving students from Chesapeake’s five-county service area for career training or degree preparation.

“As our business has expanded, I’ve seen the impact that Chesapeake has had on our employees and customers,” said The Peoples Bank President and CEO Ralph Dowling. “The college is an incredible resource for everyone in our region. Businesses, in particular, can benefit from the education and training Chesapeake offers to prepare the local workforce.  We see Chesapeake as a strategic priority for economic development in the area.”

The Peoples Bank, with headquarters in Chestertown, has branches in Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. As part of its mission as a community bank, The Peoples Bank, supports efforts that benefit many in the service community.

Chesapeake College, Mr. Dowling added, is an entity that serves all populations on the Shore with a range of opportunities. From trades training to transfer degrees, Chesapeake offers programs that prepare students for careers or the next step.

“The college is a great feature of this area, which is basically rural and somewhat isolated.  Chesapeake is open to all, and able to fill the educational gap between high school and a career in so many fields,” Mr. Dowling said.

Vice President for Advancement Lucie Hughes said of the donation, “We’re grateful to The Peoples Bank for a generous gift that will help many students achieve their dreams. An endowed scholarship ensures that we can continue to help our students for many years to come. “

For more information about scholarships at Chesapeake College, please contact Ms. Hughes at

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