For immediate release: December 15, 2008
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BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund application grant
ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 15, 2008) - Lt. Governor Anthony G.
Brown and Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons, Sr.
today announced the recipients of the Base Realignment and
Closure (BRAC) Higher Education Fund grants. Some of the
college and university presidents as well as the project
directors were in attendance at the press conference in the
Lowe House Office Building.
The BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund, which was
included in Governor O’Malley’s fiscal year 2009 budget,
ultimately included $2 million for the Maryland Higher
Education Commission to finance the grants.
“Maryland’s colleges and universities are the catalysts of
our workforce,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “I am proud to
announce the recipients of the 2009 BRAC Higher Education
Fund grants. These programs will keep Maryland on the path
to progress as we continue the work to prepare for BRAC.”
“We received some tremendous applications from many of our
outstanding postsecondary institutions in Maryland,”
Secretary Lyons said. “After a thorough review by a diverse,
impartial panel, I believe we approved some bold and
innovative applications that will make the implementation of
BRAC in Maryland even stronger in terms of higher
Eligible grant applicants included Maryland two- and four
year public or independent colleges or universities,
Maryland research institutions, Maryland Regional Higher
Education centers, and Maryland private career schools
approved by MHEC.
Sixteen applications were approved by the awarding panel
ranging from $25,000-$164,500. The approved programs range
from basic literacy, on-line and graduate projects.
Baltimore City Community College, Bowie State University,
Cecil College, the Community College of Baltimore County,
Hagerstown Community College, Harford Community College,
Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Prince
George’s Community College, Towson University, the
University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland
Baltimore County and Washington College received grants.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member
coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide
policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and
universities and private career schools. It serves as an
advocate for more than 326,000 college students in Maryland,
for the State and its needs, and for business and industry