UMUC Honors 280 Community College Scholarship Recipients
Dr. Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, presented the keynote at this year’s Community College Scholars dinner
ADELPHI, Md. (November 18, 2011)—UMUC honored hundreds of scholarship recipients this evening at its annual Community College Scholars dinner. Each year, UMUC awards transfer scholarships to exemplary graduates of alliance community colleges. For the 2011–12 school year, 280 students from community colleges across the country received scholarships, worth up to $3,300 per year. The university awards more than $1 million in scholarships annually through its Community College Transfer Scholarship program.
The Community College Scholars dinner was held in the UMUC Inn and Conference Center Ballroom and featured a keynote address by Dr. Walter Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), along with a welcome and remarks by UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge and Provost Greg von Lehmen. Dr. Bumphus has a long history of work in higher education and is one of the few leaders in the field to have received both the National CEO of the Year Award and the AACC National Leadership Award in addition to having chaired the AACC Board of Directors.
"We are very proud to join Dr. Walter Bumphus in honoring these outstanding community college graduates," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "Our community college transfer students are consistently among our most successful, and as a university, we constantly strive to make higher education more accessible, especially through our partnerships with community colleges and by nurturing promising scholars like those we recognized at the Community College Scholars dinner."
Former UMUC student and Community College Scholar Tiffany Washington also addressed this year’s scholarship recipients. Washington graduated from UMUC in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting after transferring from the College of Southern Maryland. She now owns her own business, and has been recognized by the National Association of the Self-Employed and twice invited to meet President Barack Obama. She spoke to students about her personal quest to complete her education and her success since graduation.
Following is a breakdown of the number of students awarded scholarships from each community college:
- Anne Arundel Community College – 36 students
- Baltimore City Community College – 3 students
- Carroll Community College – 3 students
- Central Texas College – 4 students
- Community College of Baltimore County – 13 students
- Community College of the Air Force – 1 student
- Cecil College – 1 student
- Chesapeake College – 11 students
- College of Southern Maryland – 53 students
- Florida State College at Jacksonville – 2 students
- Frederick Community College – 17 students
- Gloucester County College – 1 student
- Hagerstown Community College – 17 students
- Harford Community College – 5 students
- Harrisburg Area Community College – 1 student
- Howard Community College – 2 students
- Houston Community College System – 1 student
- Lone Star College System – 1 student
- Maricopa Community College District – 2 students
- Miami Dade College – 1 student
- Montgomery College – 60 students
- Northern Virginia Community College – 14 students
- Pikes Peak Community College – 1 student
- Pima Community College – 2 students
- Prince George’s Community College – 26 students
- Wor-Wic Community College – 2 students
UMUC employs a team dedicated to supporting students who transfer from community colleges in Maryland, Virginia and across the United States. Since establishing its first alliance agreement in 1996, the university has signed agreements with all of Maryland’s community colleges and currently boasts alliances with more than 70 institutions nationwide. University leaders estimate that more than half of UMUC’s enrolled students transfer from two-year schools.