UMUC to Honor Over 200 New Community College Scholarship Recipients

$1 million earmarked for community college graduates in 2008–2009 academic year alone


By Kerry O'Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   November 6, 2008

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 06, 2008)—UMUC and President Susan C. Aldridge will honor 204 new recipients of UMUC’s Community College Transfer Scholarship at a special dinner Friday, November 14, 2008, in the UMUC Inn and Conference Center Ballroom in Adelphi, Maryland. The university has granted more than $3.5 million in transfer scholarships since the fund was established in 2003 and is expected to disburse more than $1 million in the 2008–2009 academic year alone to more than 400 new and returning transfer scholarship recipients.

“I was amazed at how easy it was to apply [for the transfer scholarship],” said Sarah English, a transfer scholarship recipient for the past three years who will speak at the dinner. English expects to graduate from UMUC in May 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and hopes to earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average. “UMUC made the application process really easy, which allowed me to focus on academics.”

To other community college graduates considering a UMUC degree, English added, “Go for it! It’s a wonderful experience, and with campuses all over [Maryland] and classes available online, it’s really convenient.”

Full-time students who qualify for the Community College Transfer Scholarship receive $3,300 per year, and qualifying part-time students receive $1,650. The scholarships are renewable as long as recipients remain in good standing.

In October, UMUC announced an alliance with Wor-Wic Community College, in Salisbury, Maryland, the16th and final Maryland community college to sign an articulation agreement with UMUC, streamlining the transfer process for community college graduates who wish to transition to a four-year UMUC program.

“At UMUC, we have worked hard to forge strong ties to community colleges in Maryland and across the nation,” said UMUC President Aldridge. “Our community college transfer students—like Sarah English—are consistently among our most successful, and we are pleased to recognize and reward their hard work and great potential.”