UMUC Partners with Montgomery College to Create the Dr. Evelyn Bata Scholarship Program for Student Success

Generous gift will fund scholarships and support from resource advisors for select Montgomery College students who wish to pursue a UMUC bachelor’s degree


By Kerry O’Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   July 16, 2009

Adelphi, Md. (July 16, 2009) — UMUC today announced the creation of an academic pilot program with Montgomery College, made possible by a gift from Dr. Evelyn Bata, a member of the Board of Visitors and UMUC faculty. Beginning this fall, selected Montgomery College students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at UMUC will receive generous scholarship support to cover tuition as well as academic services from a resource advisor who will assist them in transitioning to a four-year program at UMUC.  

“We are deeply grateful for this generous gift from Dr. Evelyn Bata, and we are equally proud to offer such a remarkable opportunity to Montgomery College graduates through this innovative program,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “Many students who transfer to UMUC after graduating from a community college need focused assistance in the area of academic support, and this generous contribution promises to help us provide that support—along with significant tuition assistance—in a program tailored specifically to the needs of these students.”  

With a generous commitment of $250,000 over three years, UMUC will provide services to qualified students to be successful in their chosen academic programs at UMUC.  Eligible students must have demonstrated academic potential while at Montgomery College and have completed at least 40 credits. Preference will be given to those enrolled in high-demand disciplines such as information technology (IT), homeland security, accounting and other identified fields of study.   

In addition to financial support, the new scholarship program for student success will provide direct services at UMUC through a resource advisor.  A portion of the gift is designated for an advisor, who will provide important regular contact with students at key checkpoints throughout their transition from Montgomery College, beginning with registration and arranging for student support services, such as mentoring and tutoring. Additional funds will be used to cover textbooks and other supplies.  

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