Founded by wife Freda Gilbert for Frederick County Public Schools graduates attending trade or technical schools.
A native of New Haven, Connecticut, George Wesley Gilbert worked as a mechanical engineer with the Department of the Navy in Carderock, Maryland. He served in World War II with the Army. After his discharge, he graduated from the Academy of Aeronautics in New York City at the top of his class. A professional mentor to many over the years, he often praised the practical, hands-on experience achieved through training at a trade or technical school. Mr. Gilbert and his wife Freda of 47 years lived in Kensington for 39 years before retiring to Frederick County. When Mr. Gilbert passed away, his wife established The George Wesley Gilbert Memorial Scholarship Fund in his memory to award scholarships for graduates of Frederick County Public Schools who are continuing their education at trade or technical schools.