Fifteen Next Generation Scholars from Allegany County Visited Hood College
Students gain familiarity and get inspired during MBRT’s ninth External Learning Experience
The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) held its ninth External Learning Experience for students in its Next Generation Scholars program at Hood College on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. This daylong program was designed as a hands-on education event for students in grades 9–11 from Allegany County’s Fort Hill High School to discover programs offered at the college and provide them with choices as they start to think about college and their future.
“First-hand experience of visiting a college campus is critical for students as they begin formulating career choices and life paths,” says Brian Dulay, executive director of MBRT. “As we continue to provide our Next Generation Scholars with opportunities to participate in daylong college visits, we are inspired by the students who start to make the connection between college education and life success.”
The event at Hood College kicked off with an admissions presentation followed by a campus tour, lunch in the dining hall and a chance to meet Hood College President Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine. Later in the day, the 15 students enjoyed a men’s soccer game where Hood College played against St. Vincent College.
MBRT has hosted similar External Learning Experiences at Allegany College of Maryland; Bowie State University; Chesapeake College; Frostburg University; Salisbury University; Towson University; University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. They’ve also hosted students from Allegany, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Wicomico counties at Discovery Fest 2019 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground where students were exposed to more than 50 colleges and businesses as well as military offerings.
For more than 25 years, MBRT has been connecting the business community with local schools through its Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau and STEM Specialists in the Classroom programs. In 2017, MBRT added the Next Generation Scholars program, which provides funding through the Howard P. Rawlings Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), to enhance education and career awareness as well as college completion for high school students with a demonstrated financial need. The Guaranteed Access Grant provides an award that will help cover the cost of full-time study at a Maryland college or university for low-income families.
MBRT currently serves nearly 2,000 students in six high schools across five counties. The organization is one of several that partner with leadership and school counselors at select schools throughout the state to provide grade-specific services to ensure that students who are part of Next Generation Scholars graduate ready for their next steps in college, career and life. MBRT coordinators help students and parents understand that college is an option for everyone while bridging the knowledge gap that exists for many families about college and their chosen career paths.
Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a nonprofit coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. MBRT is the catalyst for business, government and education to drive high student achievement that ensures a competitive future workforce for a world-class economy. For more information, please visit http://www.mbrt.org/.