Thanks to the generosity of the Meltzer Family:

Alan, Amy, Jennifer, Edward, Elizabeth, Max, Tai, Mark & Kerry,

DCRF awards an annual $12,000 Educational Scholarship

- The Laurence M. Meltzer Scholarship -

in memory of their brother/uncle who died by suicide in 2008,


DCRF is pleased to announce Abigail Antonishek as the 2022 recipient of the Laurence M. Meltzer Scholarship.  The Meltzer Scholarship was created to recognize a Montgomery County public high school senior who actively participated in their school’s Our Minds Matter (“OMM”) program and demonstrated outstanding efforts in promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention.


Abigail’s essay was chosen over many worthy candidates for her extensive efforts in being a fierce advocate for acceptance, awareness and education of mental wellness. Her passion in wanting to help others led Abigail to create a supportive environment and safe space within her community so students could access and utilize the many resources available when they are in crisis and need support.  Abigail took what she learned by being a Poolesville High School OMM club member to build connections among students and effected positive change at her school.  Abigail showed great initiative, creativity and dedication by hosting many activities that helped students manage their stress in healthy ways. Her efforts inspired students to demonstrate compassion through simple every days actions and generated open and honest discussions of the struggles students face every day.


Abigail saw the value in helping students learn how to improve their mental health and prevent suicide. It is because of her dedication, passion and commitment to mental health that Abigail was chosen as the 2022 winner of the Laurence M. Meltzer Scholarship.


Abigail will be attending Purdue University in the Fall of 2022.


Congratulations Abigail!