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Date: April 1, 2009
Media Contacts: Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College to Receive $40,000 Grant from MedImmune
Company to Provide Scholarships for Biotechnology Students

Montgomery College will receive a $40,000 grant from MedImmune, a leading biotechnology firm headquartered in the greater Washington, D.C. area, to support workforce development efforts for the biotechnology industry in Maryland.

MedImmune will donate $30,000 over the course of three years to fund scholarships for students enrolled in the Biotechnology Program at the Germantown Campus of Montgomery College. Students who receive scholarships may be eligible for internship opportunities within the company. 

“The demand for skilled workers in the biotechnology industry has never been greater,” said Dr. Hercules Pinkney, vice president and provost at the Germantown Campus. “We are pleased to partner with one of the leaders in the field, knowing that these scholarships will allow students to pursue a degree from Montgomery College and a career in the industry.”

“MedImmune and Montgomery College share a commitment to furthering science education in our local community,” said Toni Stiefel, director of corporate responsibility and community affairs for MedImmune. “We are pleased to provide assistance to these deserving students while they pursue their education.”

The company will contribute the remaining $10,000 to support scholarships for public high school students taking Montgomery College biotechnology courses through the Biotechnology Academy, an academic partnership between the College and Montgomery County Public Schools. High school seniors participating in the program can take a college-level biotechnology class or intern at a biotechnology company to complete the Academy’s capstone course.

The Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College provides state-of-the-art educational opportunities in applied biotechnology and bioscience, integrating laboratory and classroom instruction. Students may complete a certificate program or receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MedImmune is dedicated to advancing science and medicine to help people live better lives, specializing in oncology, infection, respiratory disease and inflammation, cardiovascular/gastrointestinal disease and neuroscience.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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