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Date: March 8, 2006
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

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Kendall Scholarships Awarded to Seven Students Attending Montgomery College and Universities at Shady Grove

PHOTO EDITORS: For a high-resolution image to accompany this release, click on this link: kendall_scholarships.jpg (Pictured: from left, Dr. Stewart Edelstein, executive director of the Universities at Shady Grove; students Roberto Lopez, Emily Nelson and Toneka Ogburn; scholarship benefactors Cliff and Camille Kendall; students Mary Vargas, Natalya Safronova, and John Arcilla; and Dr. Charlene Nunley, president of Montgomery College.)

Seven students attending classes full-time at Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) are the recipients of the 2006 Clifford and Camille Kendall Endowed Scholarships. 

The annual scholarship program awards full scholarships at in-state rates to students in the third or fourth year of a baccalaureate program offered at USG and full scholarships at in-county rates to first and second year students at Montgomery College.  To be eligible, students must begin their studies at Montgomery College and complete their baccalaureate degree in a program offered at USG.  Eight Maryland public universities offer upper level undergraduate as well as graduate and certificate programs at USG, a regional center of the University System of Maryland.

USG scholarship recipients are John Arcilla of Clarksburg, a senior accounting major in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park; Roberto Lopez, Germantown, senior, criminal justice and criminology, University of Maryland, College Park; Toneka Ogburn, Kensington, senior, elementary education/special education, Towson University; and Emily Nelson, Silver Spring, junior, elementary education/special education, Towson University.

Montgomery College recipients include Mary Vargas, Gaithersburg, freshman, hotel and restaurant management; Natalya Safronova, Gaithersburg, sophomore, accounting/ business administration; and Parissa Youssefi, Gaithersburg, sophomore, biology/pre-medicine.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to help these talented Montgomery County students achieve their potential.  They are  inspiring examples of today’s students – they have worked hard academically and they have still found time to give back to the community,” commented Clifford Kendall, member and immediate past chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents and former chairman and CEO of Computer Data Systems, Inc.  He added that the scholarship program also supports the strong partnership between Montgomery College and USG – a partnership that enables Montgomery College students to transfer easily to complete their baccalaureate degrees in programs offered at USG.

Kendall served on the USG Board of Advisors from 2000 to 2003, and was instrumental in expanding the center’s offerings five years ago.  “Cliff and Camille Kendall have long demonstrated their deep commitment to higher education,” said Stewart Edelstein, executive director, USG. “Cliff has been a tireless advocate for the establishment and growth of the Universities at Shady Grove. The Kendall Endowed Scholarships are making higher education a reality for many in the region who would otherwise not have
that opportunity.” 

“These wonderful Kendall Endowed Scholarships are helping to ensure that educational opportunities are not out-of-reach to students who need financial assistance," noted Dr. Charlene Nunley, president of Montgomery College.  "We know that many of our Montgomery College students struggle to make ends meet when they transfer to four-year institutions with higher tuition costs.  Cliff and Camille Kendall are truly pioneers in recognizing this challenge and rising to meet it."

Founded in 1993, the Shady Grove Center offered primarily evening and weekend courses and programs until 2000.  At that time, the University System established USG as a regional center providing undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs for full- and part-time students in the Montgomery County region.  More than 4,000 students have since attended courses from leading Maryland public universities at USG. Participating USM institutions include Bowie State University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; and University of Maryland University College.

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Editor’s note:  For more about each of the Kendall Scholars, go to

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