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Base Realignment & Closure
Higher Education in Maryland

December 2008 Press Release



For immediate release: December 15, 2008                 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
                                                                                                 Communications: (410) 260-4511



BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund application grant awardees announced

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 education.”

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 in Maryland.


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