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January 2006 Press Release





Annapolis, MD (January 23, 2006) – The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has launched a new program designed to identify Maryland students who attend Maryland community colleges and provide a transfer scholarship incentive for them to enroll in a Maryland 4-year college or university as a full-time undergraduate student.

The Distinguished Scholar Community College Transfer Program will award a scholarship of $3,000 per academic year. The scholarship may be applied to tuition, mandatory fees, room, board, books, and supplies. The award is in addition to any other State scholarships that may be offered to the student. This award is renewable for one additional year provided that the recipient continues to meet all eligibility requirements and maintains an annual 3.0 grade average for each academic year.

             To be eligible the applicant must:

  • Be a Maryland resident; if dependent, parents must also be Maryland residents;

  • Have completed at least 60 credit hours by the start of the 2006 fall semester;

  • Have a Maryland community college transcript indicating an overall academic grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent grade point average;

  • Attend a Maryland 4-year institution of higher education as a full-time undergraduate student; and

  • Apply for the scholarship within 1 year of completing the required credit hours or an associate degree program from a Maryland community college.

Application Process:  Applicants for the scholarship must submit an application available on the MHEC website (www.mhec.state.md.us) and provide all required documents to the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) by March 1, 2006 to be considered for awards beginning in September 2006. 

Complete and mail application and official transcripts by March 1, 2006 to:

Maryland Higher Education Commission
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Attention: Distinguished Scholar Community College Transfer Program
839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401-3013

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