Springdale, Md. (Sept.
6, 2017)—With college affordability a major obstacle facing many high school
students and families, a groundbreaking partnership today officially launched
the Prince George’s 3D Scholars program.
Scholarships allow eligible Prince George’s County public school
students to earn dual credit at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) and
ultimately earn a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland University
College (UMUC) for $10,000 or less. For some students, the degree could be
A Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony at Charles
Herbert Flowers High School finalized commitments made by the three entities
and kicked off the school year for the inaugural class of 18 3D Scholars in
Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).
“We are so appreciative of the help of our higher education
partners,” said PGCPS Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell. “This innovative
partnership will remove financial barriers and increase access to college and
career preparation for more deserving students in Prince George’s County public
“This is a model of how higher education can be sustained
and made affordable to all Maryland students. We are delighted to see such
talented students taking advantage of the 3D Scholarship Program,” said
President Charlene Dukes of Prince George’s Community College.
“The Prince George’s 3D Scholarship Program will provide
students with an exceptional opportunity to complete high school diplomas,
associate degrees, and baccalaureate degrees for a maximum cost of $10,000,
right here in Prince George’s County. Prince George’s Community College is excited
to be a part of a bold partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools
and University of Maryland University College.
Students in the Prince George’s 3D Scholarship Program will begin an
academic pathway that produces well-educated graduates, addresses college
affordability, and supports a regional workforce. This program responds to the
needs of our community, and we are proud to support such a unique opportunity.”
“This scholarship program sends a powerful message to our
students, to their families and to all of higher education that a future bright
with promise depends on our ability to make opportunity accessible and
affordable to all who have the will and desire to succeed,” said UMUC President
Javier Miyares. “With our partners, we continue to light the way to broader
horizons, brighter futures, and a world that is marked by learning, equality, prosperity,
“We truly owe a debt of gratitude to Maryland Senator Jim
Rosapepe, who advanced the idea behind this partnership and has advocated for
it ever since,” Miyares added.