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September 2007 Press Release








Annapolis, MD (September 6, 2007) – Over 800 students will be named finalists and semifinalists in Maryland’s Distinguished Scholar Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, September 8, 2007 in the Reitz Arena on the campus of Loyola College, 4501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. More than 1,000 students and parents will attend the event.

Each year, MHEC honors Maryland’s best and brightest high school seniors who have met the stringent requirements of the Distinguished Scholar Program. The daylong event featured performances and exhibits by some of the State’s most talented high school students, workshops on financial aid, and opportunities for students to learn about Maryland colleges and universities, and a recognition ceremony.

The afternoon will feature an art exhibition and showcase of the performing arts, followed by a recognition ceremony. Secretary James E. Lyons, Sr., Maryland Higher Education Commission, Governor Martin O’Malley, Former U.S. Representative, Kweisi Mfume, and Vice President Marc Camille, Loyola College will serve as guest speakers.

“These young men and women – the future of our great state – are examples of the best and the brightest, and we are proud to have them represent Maryland in this year’s group of Distinguished Scholars,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Maryland has a number of excellent institutions that will afford great opportunities for these talented students.” Dr. Lyons echoed Governor O’Malley’s sentiments, adding, “Along with the parents of these bright students, we are very proud of their accomplishments. We hope that the best and brightest students will attend college in Maryland upon graduation from high school this year.”

The Distinguished Scholar Program offers $3,000 a year for four years to the State’s top high school students as an incentive for them to go to college in Maryland. Application for the scholarship is made during the student’s junior year in high school. Applicants in the achievement category who must have an unweighted grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale are ranked on the basis of GPA and SAT/PSAT/ACT test scores. Students nominated in the talent category (vocal and instrumental music, dance, drama, and visual arts) must audition before a panel of professionals. National Merit and National Achievement finalists, identified in their senior year in high school, are automatically eligible for the scholarship. The $4.2 million program provides 350 new scholarships each year plus continuing awards to students who maintain a 3.0 GPA in college. The scholarship can be used for any college-related expense at any degree-granting institution in Maryland.


Finalists and Semi-Finalists by County:

Allegany 6
Anne Arundel 56
Baltimore City 20
Baltimore County 123
Calvert County 14
Caroline County 2
Carroll County 27
Cecil County 6
Charles County 10
Dorchester County 2
Frederick County 45
Garrett County 2
Harford County 19
Howard County 114
Kent County 2
Montgomery County 284
Prince George’s County 22
Queen Anne’s County 4
Saint Mary’s County 7
Somerset County 2
Talbot County 4
Washington County 11
Wicomico County 6
Worcester County 6

Schedule of events

Noon – 4:00 p.m.      Visual Arts Exhibit
1:00 p.m.                    Showcase of Performing Arts
2:00 p.m.                    Recognition Ceremony
3:00 p.m.                    College Fair
3:15 p.m.                    Financial Aid Session


Editor’s note: The best photo opportunities are at 1 and 2 p.m.

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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