Inaugural Class of 3D Scholars Kick Off New School Year

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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 free.

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 schools.”

“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, and peace.

“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.