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  • Date: March 30, 2005
    Media Contact: Judy Phair, 301-317- 8243 (Universities at Shady Grove); Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970 (Montgomery College)

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    Kendall Scholarships Awarded to Six Students at the Universities at Shady Grove and Montgomery College

    Six students from Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) are the recipients of the 2005 Clifford and Camille Kendall Endowed Scholarships. 

    The annual scholarship program awards $5,000 to students attending the third or fourth year of a baccalaureate program at USG and $2,500 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 at USG. Seven 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.

    Receiving $5,000 scholarships are John Arcilla of Germantown, entering his junior year in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park; Nisha Rishi of Gaithersburg, entering her senior year in the Smith School; and Rose Anne Stout of Germantown, beginning her senior year as a dual elementary and special education major at Towson University.

    Montgomery College recipients include Hassan Afzal of Germantown, who will begin his sophomore year as a business major; Natalya Safronova of Gaithersburg, a new freshman in accounting and business administration; and Parissa Youseffi of Gaithersburg, who will also be a freshman this fall.

    “We are pleased and honored to have the opportunity to help these talented Montgomery County students achieve their potential.  They are inspiring examples of hard work and determination,” commented Clifford Kendall, 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 degree at USG.

    Kendall served on the USG Board of Advisors from 2000 to 2003, and was instrumental in expanding USG’s offerings five years ago.  “Cliff and Camille Kendall have long demonstrated their deep commitment to higher education,” commented William (Brit) Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland.  “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 higher education degrees for full and part-time students in the Montgomery County region.  More than 4,000 students have since attended USG. Participating USM institutions at Shady Grove include Bowie State University; Towson University; 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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    Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study. 

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