Thursday, March 17, 2016

Scholarship Opportunity

The Frederick Sister Cities Association (FSCA) , in partnership with its Sister City, Schifferstadt, Germany is offering a $1,500 scholarship towards a 10-day travel/study trip to Schifferstadt and surrounding region for early July, 2016.   It is open to current high school juniors in Frederick County Schools (public or private) who have an excellent record and a demonstrable proficiency in the German language.   The FSCA is offering $1,500 towards travel expenses and the City of Schifferstadt will provide housing, meals, and cultural experiences.  Applicants should send a letter of interest outlining the student's academic record and German language skills as well as a short letter of nomination from the German language instructor in the student's school.  A two-page typewritten essay, outlining the applicant's educational experience and goals as well as what the trip means to them is also required. The deadline for the application is April 15, 2016 and the winner will be announced by May 15.  For further information, please contact Ms. Ronnie Osterman, President of the FSCA at or at 301-682-6174. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"Chamber Music: Chocolate and Champagne"

We encourage everyone to attend the "Chamber Music: Chocolate and Champagne" concert being held on July 17th at Brodbeck Music Hall, Hood College. All funds will go towards the Frederick Sister City Association's travel scholarship program. The concert will feature cellist, Katja Zakotnik of Schifferstadt, Germany and pianist, Noel Lester of Frederick, MD. Come and enjoy an artful evening while supporting the association in its efforts to build a lasting relationship between the two sister cities. For more information contact Ronnie Osterman at or 301-682-6174

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The newly-reorganized Frederick Sister Cities Association (FSCA), which now comes under the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, recently awarded travel scholarships to two high school students to spend 10 days in Schifferstadt, Germany, Frederick's Sister City. The Frederick Sister Cities Association is providing airfare and the City of Schifferstadt has planned a full schedule of events for the two students which will acquaint them with German customs and culture and will help them to improve their conversational German. The Frederick Sister Cities Association hopes to do this each year and anyone who would like to send a tax-deductible donation to support this endeavor may contact Ronnie Osterman, President of the FSCA, at
Report from Vice President, Professor Noel Lester of his concert trip to Schifferstadt,Germany March 2015 :
I had a very warm welcome from our friends there, including fantastic publicity for the Sister City concert and lots of publicity. Mayor Volk was so excited about the whole thing and it generated lots of press. Katja Zakotnik (the cellist with whom I appeared) and I played 3 concerts--2 in the Schifferstadt area and one in the northern part of Germany. We got 4 reviews for 3 concerts; this would have been unheard of in the U.S. They were very excited to hear that we (FSCA) are planning to go there in the fall of 2016 and they hope that our Mayor will able to come, too. FYI, I have attached one of many articles which appeared. I don't know if any of you read German (I don't), but I thought you might like to see it, anyway. Katja and I will be playing this same program on the summer chamber music series at Hood in July. I am hoping that we can give her as warm a welcome as I received there.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

About us - A message from the President


The Frederick Sister Cities Association (FSCA) was originally a chapter of Sister Cities International which was inspired by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to establish partnerships between communities in the US and similar communities internationally.   By building grassroots partnerships, the basic principle is to evolve friendships that bind us together to promote peace one person at a time. 
Frederick has two sister cities:  Schifferstadt and Morzheim, both in the Rhineland-Pfalz region of Germany. These sister cities relationships were established in 1982 and 1956 respectively.  Our community has been enriched by people who came from these cities, among many others, Jacob Brunner from Schifferstadt and Johann Thomas Schley from Morzheim.  Our partnerships should represent the diversity in Frederick and the interests to the entire community. 
Presently, the FSCA is organized as an affiliate of the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, Inc.  Their purpose is to encourage the residents of The City of Frederick County, Maryland, and the residents of Schifferstadt and Morzheim, Germany, to foster a continuing relationship stemming from our mutual heritage and interests.  As such, we will undertake such activities and programs which will provide one another with appropriate aid, comfort, education and mutual understanding.  FSCA will actively participate as an organization in the promoting, fostering and publicizing such activities. 
In July 2014, the FSCA sent two Frederick County students, who are studying the German language, to Schifferstadt, Germany as ambassadors from Frederick and to learn about the language and culture of Schifferstadt. The FSCA is now planning for the visit of 28 guests from Schifferstadt, Germany, who will be touring Frederick during the month of October 2014. 

   Ms. Ronnie L. Osterman, 
President, Frederick Sister Cities Association