William Grant ’75 was the recipient of the 2017 Humanitarian Leadership Award by The Community Trust Foundation (CTF). He will be recognized in September for his professional and philanthropic leadership at Frostburg State University.
A 1975 graduate, Grant received a bachelor’s degree in history from West Virginia Wesleyan College before attending Duquesne University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate and served on the Duquesne Law Review. A recent retiree, Grant was the Chairman and CEO of First United Bank and Trust for nearly 20 years and had a banking career spanning almost four decades.
A great philanthropist, Grant continually gives back to the community by providing services to many local organizations, including the State of Maryland Regulatory Reform Commission, Past Chair of The Greater Cumberland Committee, Vice President of the Southern Garrett High School Alumni Association, Community Trust Foundation, Chair of the Garrett County Memorial Hospital Foundation, President of The Garrett Choral Society, Southern Garrett High School Improvement Team, Past Chair of Leadership Maryland, Board of Directors University System of Maryland Foundation, member at the Mountain-Lake Park Lions Club and many more. He has also been a volunteer mentor with the Garrett Mentors Program for the past 11 years and HART.
In addition to his community work, Grant has also served on Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees since 2006 and continually refers high school students to the College.
Grant has received numerous awards including The Greater Cumberland Committee’s Greater Good Award, Maryland Bankers Association and Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance Champion of Women Award, and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Golden Ambassador Award.
Established in 2006 by the late Robert Ebert and a small group of business and civic leaders, The Community Trust Foundation is a way for local donors to give back to their community. Since 2009, CFT has provided over $4 million to Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties and has supported education and youth leadership programs, honored our rich cultural heritage, helped build a stronger arts community, enhanced health and wellness programs, and preserved the environment.