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May 2006 Press Release




Annapolis, MD (May 17, 2006) – The Maryland Higher Education Commission has announced the names of the 10 new recipients of the William Donald Schaefer Scholarship Program (WDS) for 2007. Named in honor of Maryland’s Comptroller, this award provides funding to full-time students who are preparing for careers in public service.

There are 20 recipients total, including 10 renewals from last year and the 10 new awardees for this year. A total of $150,000 will be awarded to the 20 awardees. A formal ceremony with Comptroller Schaefer will be scheduled for late July, 2006.

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

Jalpurinia L. Blalock
Elementary Education – Bachelor’s Degree
Towson University
Forestville, Maryland

Stacy Ritter
Social Work – Master’s Degree
University of Maryland Baltimore
Brooklyn Park, Maryland

Jayni A. Shah
Law – First Professional
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland

Matthew K. Folstein
Medicine – First Professional
University of Maryland Baltimore
Middle River, Maryland

Ingrid M. Lofgren 
Social Work / Law – First Professional
University of Maryland Baltimore
Beltsville, Maryland

Theresa A. Schell
Law – First Professional
University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland

Felicia M. Ollom
Early Childhood Education – Bachelor’s Degree
University of Maryland College Park
Leonardtown, Maryland

Daniel M. Baker
Criminal Justice – Associate Degree
Hagerstown Business College
Hagerstown, Maryland

Lacey E. Egerton
School Counseling – Master’s Degree
Loyola College
Elkridge, Maryland

Monica N. Strong
Social Work – Bachelor’s Degree
Coppin University
Baltimore, Maryland 

Applicants must be a Maryland resident, demonstrate need, and attend or plan to attend an eligible Maryland postsecondary institution, and be enrolled full-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 WDS award may be equal to tuition and fees at the institution attended, however the total dollar amount may not exceed $8,550.

Each 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 variable 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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