This illustration of the St. Charles Master Plan shows five villages divided into neighborhoods, three business parks, a shopping mall and a series of parks connected by open space and pathways. Illustration courtesy of ACPT.

The American Communities Property Trust (ACPT) has established a $5,000 scholarship program for residents of its St. Charles neighborhoods. The program awards five $1,000 college scholarships annually. Three will go to residents of communities in St. Charles, a fourth to a resident of a St. Charles apartment community, and the fifth to a resident of an ACPT apartment complex outside St. Charles.

The program began last year with a $5,000 ACPT donation to the Charles County Ministers Alliance scholarship fund. The development company aims to make it a continuing program. “Education is integral to the success of the neighborhood,” Craig Renner, community relations manager for ACPT told The Bay Net.

Traditionally, ACPT has contributed generously to educational opportunities in Charles County. Through the years, they’ve donated eleven large parcels of land to the county for school buildings within the St. Charles neighborhoods. ACPT is major corporate sponsor for preschool early-learning programs such as the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland, the Judy Centers at Dr. Mudd, Eva Turner, and Barnhart elementary schools. They’ve also funded exceptional music programs like the Charles County Youth Orchestra.  

Applications for the scholarship are due at the Charles County Scholarship Fund office or the ACPT office by March 1. You can find an application and further details:

  • On-line, at
  • On-line, at, click the Charles County Scholarship Fund link
  • By writing to ACPT Scholarship Fund, c/o Craig Renner, 222 Smallwood Village Center, St. Charles, Maryland, 20602
  • From any property management office operated by the American Rental Management Company.