September 2009 Press
release: September 10, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
Grants to Provide College Awareness to Middle School Students
Grants are Part of the Federal College Access Challenge Grant Program
Annapolis, MD (September 10, 2009) - The Maryland Higher Education Commission
has awarded grants totaling $845,392.80 to provide outreach activities and
services to improve preparation for and access to college for low-income middle
school students in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County.
The grants, under the federal College Access Challenge Grant Program, were
awarded to 13 nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education to
provide college awareness information and services to students, who are at risk
of not enrolling in or completing college, and their parents on postsecondary
benefits, opportunities, and career planning and preparation.
“These grants will provide academic enrichment, college awareness and career
exploration activities for students who may be at risk of not enrolling in or
completing postsecondary education,” said James E. Lyons, Sr., Secretary of
Higher Education. “Support and information will also be provided to the parents
of these students to help them understand the college admissions and financial
The recipients of the College Access Challenge Grant awards will offer a variety
of programming to include college and career exploratory activities, financial
aid awareness seminars, college tours, and information on the importance of
taking rigorous courses in high school.
The following received awards: Age of Awareness, Inc.; Baltimore City Community
College; Capitol College; In Reach, Inc; University of Maryland, College Park;
Living Classrooms Foundation; Minority Access, Inc.; Prince George’s Community
College; Stevenson University; The Light of the City Resource Center of
Maryland, Inc.; 100 Black Men of Maryland, Inc.; Towson University; and the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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 337,000 college students in Maryland, for the State
and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.