Founded by wife Elizabeth Randall for Frederick County residents studying journalism and/or photography, preferably Catoctin High School graduates attending Frederick Community College.
George Randall was an accomplished Frederick journalist, dedicated to integrity in reporting and publishing a successful newspaper. He was president of Randall Family LLC, as well as editor and publisher of The Frederick News-Post, the last wholly family-owned daily newspaper in Maryland. After he graduated from Middletown High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in history from Lynchburg College in Virginia and earned his master’s degree in photojournalism. Later he completed his law degree and passed the Maryland Bar. He began his newspaper career even before he owned a car, working in the photography department at The Frederick News-Post and as a reporter for The Lynchburg News & Advance. His dream job was to run the paper his great-grandfather started. In December 1985, he was appointed vice president of Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Co., the paper’s parent company at that time. Under his leadership, the newspaper published its first Sunday edition. Mr. Randall loved The Frederick News-Post and the Frederick community. He was supportive of many local charities. He served on the boards of The Community Foundation of Frederick County, the Frederick Community College Fund Inc., the Frederick Mutual Insurance Company, and the Record Street Home, among others. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Frederick. Even with his busy schedule, Mr. Randall found time to raise polled Herefords on his farms in Rocky Ridge and Thurmont. His passions included hunting and gardening, and fishing in Alaska, Canada, Venezuela, and the Bahamas. An accomplished musician, he played piano, organ and clarinet. He was a very genial person and made friends easily. Elizabeth Randall turned to the Community Foundation to establish The George E. Randall Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of her husband of 27 years who died after battling a malignant brain tumor for 19 months. In keeping with George Randall’s own career path and passions, the Fund provides scholarships to Frederick County residents studying at the post-secondary level who are interested in journalism and/or photography. Preference is given to Catoctin High School graduates who wish to attend Frederick Community College.