Founded by parents Robert and Sandra Seidel for direct services to military veterans of the War on Terrorism.
1LT Rob Seidel was a 2000 Catoctin High graduate, where he played football and baseball and excelled academically. He went on to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served as a platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. The United States and the Frederick County community lost a dedicated soldier when 1LT Seidel was killed in action in Iraq on May 18, 2006. As a platoon leader, 1LT Seidel felt a tremendous responsibility for the safety and well-being of his men, putting their concerns above himself. To honor his memory and his commitment to his troops, his parents, Bob and Sandy Seidel, established The 1LT Robert A. Seidel III Memorial Scholarship Fund to award scholarships to graduating seniors from Catoctin High School, who exhibit academic promise, have participated in at least one varsity sport during their senior year, demonstrate an outstanding record of community service, and are active in their faith; and The 1LT Rob Seidel Wounded Soldiers Fund to award grants to nonprofit organizations who support wounded solders with medical treatment, housing assistance, psychological counseling, physical and occupational therapies, companionship, mentoring and employment training.