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Date: October 5, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College Hosts Scholarship Conference for High School Juniors and Seniors, Parents, and Montgomery College Students
Information about Financial Aid, Scholarships, Local Colleges on Oct. 20

Montgomery College will host a scholarship conference for high school juniors and seniors, their parents and Montgomery College students on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The free event will provide information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities. It will be held on the College's Germantown Campus in the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md.

The highlight of the conference will be the keynote address, "The Scholarship Workshop," by Marianne Ragins. She will give advice on writing resumes and essays for scholarship applications. She will also talk about how to find scholarship organizations and how to use the Internet in your search. Ragins is the author of "Winning Scholarships for College: An Insider's Guide," which provides scholarship information and shares Ragins' experience with earning more than $400,000 in scholarships. Using scholarships and other free aid, she paid for her bachelor's degree from Florida A & M University and her M.B.A. from George Washington University. Ragins owns The Scholarship Workshop, LLC, an educational consulting service.

The conference will include a panel discussion with area college graduates who earned scholarships to help pay for their education. They will share their insights on the scholarship process, especially for community college transfer students, and common do's and don'ts.

Representatives from the University of Maryland, University of Baltimore, Morgan State University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will be on hand to provide information about their scholarship programs.

Support for the scholarship conference is provided by the Montgomery College Foundation and the Gazette. The conference and parking are free. Light refreshments will be provided.

Limited transportation will be provided from the Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campuses. Contact Aggie Harrell from the Rockville Campus at 240-567-5079 or Gerry Block from the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus at 240-567-1473 to reserve a seat.

For more information and to register, visit For disability accommodations, call Professor Denise Simmons Graves at 240-567-5093 at least one week prior to the event.

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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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