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Leggetts’ Legacy To Be Celebrated During Event at Strathmore

Outgoing county executive and wife have founded a scholarship fund supporting local students

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Catherine and Ike Leggett

Leggett Legacy Forward

Outgoing County Executive Ike Leggett and his wife, Catherine Leggett, have established a scholarship fund serving student populations that have historically faced barriers on the path to higher education.

The Leggetts’ years of public service and support of higher education will be celebrated Sept. 23 with an event at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, where donations for the Ike and Catherine Leggett Scholarship will be accepted. The free event, called “Leggett Legacy Forward,” will include a performance from jazz musician Marcus Johnson, according to a news release.

The Leggetts’ scholarship fund will benefit students who have participated in the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program, which stems from a partnership between Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. The program seeks to remove barriers to higher education and offers academic coaching to students at 13 MCPS high schools and at the college and USG.

“We wanted to identify a scholarship program that reaches out and helps those who want to advance but don’t have the financial means to do it, so ACES is just perfect,” Catherine Leggett said. “We believe that it is so important to go to college, we believe that college education gives you the discipline, the vision, and a focus for your future.”

Ike Leggett later this year will leave office after completing his third term as county executive. While he’ll be stepping out of his executive role, the scholarship will continue the Leggetts’ commitment to creating educational opportunities, a news release stated.

Strathmore’s cafe will open at 2 p.m. on Sept. 23 for the event. The program itself is slated to begin around 4 p.m. ACES students and coaches are expected to speak about the academic program.

Ticket reservations are available through the event site or the Strathmore website.

Scholarship donations can be made online at the Montgomery College site and at the USG site.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

This story was updated to correct the date of the event.

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