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August 2007 Press Release








Annapolis, MD (August 16, 2007) – The Maryland Higher Education Commission has announced the names of the 11 new recipients of the William Donald Schaefer Scholarship Program (WDS) for 2007. Named in honor of Maryland’s former Governor, this award provides funding to full- and part-time students who are preparing for careers in public service.

There are 31 recipients total, including 20 renewals from last year and the 11 new awardees for this year. A formal ceremony with Governor Schaefer is scheduled for August 16, 2007.

The name of each recipient, his or her field of study, and the college or university the individual is planning to attend follows:


Kwame S. Alleyne
Social Work
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Rosa D. Alvayero
Social Work
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Laura E. Brandon
Public Policy
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Danielle H. Dwinnells
Elementary Education
Frostburg State University

William C. Ferguson IV
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Jamie Funderburk
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Jordan T. Hadfield
Public Policy
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Brianna L. Harcum
Social Work
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Deanna Jefferson
Kinesiology; Public and Community Health
University of Maryland College Park

Brandon A. Metcalf
The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Ashley E. Wagner
University of Baltimore


Named in honor of Maryland’s former Governor, these awards provides funding to students who are preparing for careers in public service. Each recipient must be a Maryland resident, demonstrate need, attend or plan to attend an eligible Maryland postsecondary institution, and be enrolled full- or part-time in a course of study, training, or other educational activities designed to prepare the student for a career in public service. The total amount of a William Donald Schaefer Scholarship award ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 annually.

A recipient of a William Donald Schaefer Scholarship is required to sign a promissory note with the Maryland Higher Education Commission that states he/she will meet graduation requirements and will then be employed in Maryland full-time in public service, one year for each year, or portion thereof, that a payment of assistance under the program is made. If the conditions of the promissory note are not met, the award must be repaid with a fixed interest rate that matches the Federal Stafford Loan rate established in July of each year.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and for private career schools.

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