New Scholarship Enables Prince George’s County High Schoolers to Earn a Bachelor’s for $10,000 or Less

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Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prince George’s Community College and University of Maryland University College Partner to Establish Prince George’s 3D Scholars Program

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 15, 2016)—College affordability is a major obstacle facing many high school students and families. To address this issue head-on, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) have announced a pilot scholarship program that will allow high-achieving Prince George’s County high school students to earn a bachelor’s degree from UMUC for $10,000 or less, with minimal student loan debt. For some students, the degree could be free.

The Prince George’s 3D Scholars Program, announced at a ceremony at Largo High School on Tuesday, allows qualified high school students to earn dual credits toward an associate’s degree at PGCC, transfer to UMUC and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Here is what the leaders of the partner institutions and key government and education leaders are saying about the Prince George’s 3D Scholars Program:

“By combining early college credits with online college courses, this new program is a big step toward raising high school standards and cutting college costs for Prince George’s students.”      —Maryland Senator Jim Rosapepe (D-College Park), a former member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents who proposed the program to UMUC and Prince George’s Community College.

“I speak often about the different and affordable pathways that students in the University System of Maryland can take toward completing their degree. Initiatives such as this agreement between UMUC, Prince George’s Community College and the Prince George’s school system are a primary example of this innovative approach, making a UMUC degree accessible for no more than $10,000. This program helps the University System of Maryland maximize value to state taxpayers, by bringing together the resources of three prominent public education partners.”  —Robert L. Caret, Ph.D., Chancellor of the University System of Maryland

“I am thrilled that our students can take part in this exciting opportunity. Thanks to our partners at Prince George’s Community College and University of Maryland University College, this pilot will allow more students to achieve their dream of earning a college degree at an affordable cost.” —Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Prince George’s County Public Schools

“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.”   —Charlene M. Dukes, Ph.D., President, Prince George’s Community College

“This new scholarship program affirms our strong belief that the holy grail of higher education—the combination of quality, access, and affordability—is achievable for everyone. This lies at the heart of our mission and we hope other universities will take notice and follow our lead.” —Javier Miyares, President, University of Maryland University College

Recruitment into the program will begin in this fall. The first cohort of scholars is expected to start in fall 2017. For more information about the Prince George’s 3D Scholars Program and the scholarship requirements, contact 3Dscholars@pgcps.org.

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