July 15 is the Conroy Scholarship deadline for sons, daughters of
fallen soldiers and public safety officials
Disabled veterans and spouses can also qualify under MHEC
financial aid program
(Annapolis, MD) July 1, 2008 – The deadline for the Edward T.
Conroy Memorial Scholarship is July 15, 2008. This scholarship,
administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is
available to the sons and daughters of members of the United
States armed forces who died as a result of military service or
who suffered a service-connected disability of 25 percent or
greater as a result of military service and to POW/MIAs of the
Vietnam War and their sons and daughters.
Those also eligible for the scholarship include sons and
daughters and serving spouses (who have not remarried) of
victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, sons,
daughters and surviving spouses (who have not remarried) of
State or local public safety employees or volunteers who died in
the line of duty or who sustained an injury in the line of duty
that rendered the public safety employee or volunteer 100
percent disabled, and State or local public safety employees or
volunteers who became 100 percent disabled in the line of duty.
The late Maryland State Senator Edward T. Conroy was a dedicated
Korean War veteran who spent 20 years in Prince George’s County
politics. During his career in public service, Senator Conroy
was devoted to veterans’ issues. He served as both a state and
national commander of the Disabled American Veterans and
introduced numerous bills supporting veterans during his career
in the General Assembly.
“I am pleased MHEC has the opportunity to make a difference in
the lives of fallen soldiers’ loved ones through this
scholarship,” Higher Education Secretary James E. Lyons, Sr.,
said. “It is devastating to lose a father or mother who gave the
greatest sacrifice either through death or disability. The
O’Malley-Brown administration has achieved an outstanding record
of supporting our veterans and public safety workers during
their 16 months in office, and I am sure they share my
sentiments regarding the importance of the Senator Edward T.
To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must enroll for at
least six credits each semester in a degree-seeking
undergraduate or undergraduate program at a college or
university, or a private career school in Maryland. More
detailed program information and an application are available on
the MHEC website, www.MDgo4it.org. Complete applications must be
received at MHEC by July 15, 2008. Interested applicants can
also contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at (410)
260-4565 or (800) 974-1024.
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 distributes nearly
$110 million in scholarships and grants to more than 58,000
students per year.