Date: July 8, 2002
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager:
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
Montgomery Scholars Bound for Universities/Cambridge
Heading to Top Schools; Freshmen to Study In England
academically-rigorous Montgomery Scholars program are transferring to a
variety of top quality four-year institutions, while their first-year
colleagues are off to Cambridge University in England for a month-long
summer study program.
Amherst College leads the parade of four-year schools to which
Montgomery Scholars have been accepted. Magruder High graduate Jeremy
Collins of Derwood, who also was accepted by Cornell, will transfer to
Carolina Lasso, who earned honors as a
Montgomery College Board of Trustees Scholar, is headed for the University
of Maryland, College Park on a Transfer Merit Scholarship. Lasso, of
Germantown, was valedictorian of her graduating class at John F. Kennedy
Other Montgomery Scholars have been
accepted by Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, and Penn State.
Montgomery Scholars Acceptances to Date (From 2002 Class)
Jeremy Collins, Derwood, Magruder HS
(Also accepted by
Rockville, Wootton HS
Jonathan Thron, Boyds,
home-schooled/Cedar Brook Academy
Dvija Stempel, Boyds,
Houston Baptist University
Seneca Valley HS
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Christina Choi, Gaithersburg,
Gaithersburg, home-schooled/Covenant Life
(Choi and Mays also
were accepted by Georgetown University)
University of Maryland, College Park
Lasso, Germantown, John F. Kennedy HS
Gaithersburg, Northwest HS
Maryland, Shady Grove
Rockville, Richard Montgomery HS
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Brandon Bryn, Olney,
Olney, Albert Einstein HS
Garrett Wozniak, Montgomery Village,
Watkins Mill HS
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Note: This is the
second class to finish the Montgomery Scholars program.
England Beckons for
Meanwhile, the Montgomery Scholars
sophomores-to-be will fly to England Sunday, July 7 for a month of study
at Cambridge University. The Cambridge trip is a regular feature of the
three-year-old Scholars program, in which classes of 25 high-performing
students study a curriculum developed under a grant from the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
methodology for the humanities core curriculum in the freshman year is
unique. It is a team-taught interdisciplinary core of four
courses—history, literature, art history, and philosophy—interwoven and
taught over one year by four teachers who are all in the classroom at the
During their sophomore year, the
Montgomery Scholars focus on independent research and an honors thesis, in
conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution. The Scholars, many of whom choose the
program over four-year schools to which they’re accepted, remain together
as a unit throughout their Montgomery College careers, in both their
studies and social activities.
Scholar Makes it 1-2 at
David King, who will be a sophomore in the
Montgomery Scholars program this fall, recently won first place honors for
an original paper he presented at Beacon 2002, a conference for students
at two-year colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region.
For the competition, students submit a
scholarly works in 18 subject area categories. Authors of the top three
essays in each present their papers at the conference.
King, 19, of Wheaton, won first place for
interdisciplinary studies in literature. His paper focused on slave
narratives and their role in history.
The Beacon Conference, held last month at
Westchester Community College in Valhalla, N.Y., provides a unique
opportunity for two-year college scholars to be recognized for outstanding
Former Montgomery Scholar Daniel Hurtado,
now an Honors Program student at American University, won first-place
recognition in the Beacon Contest last year for a research paper on the
impact of technology in modern society.
Scholars Program Wins
The Montgomery Scholars program itself won the Maryland
Association of Higher Education’s Distinguished Program award earlier this
year. It also took first place in the Fostering Student Achievement
Category in the National Council of Teachers of English competition.
In addition, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a
resolution honoring Montgomery College for the NCTE award and recognized
each of the program’s founding creators with official citations.
Montgomery Scholars is a two-year,
transfer-oriented program that admits 25 top entering students each year
and places them on full academic scholarships.
The program establishes an honors learning
community with a 33-hour core curriculum that includes interdisciplinary,
writing-intensive, and team-taught classes; an extensive calendar of
coordinated cultural activities; internship opportunities with the
Smithsonian Institution; and summer travel-study at the University of
Cambridge in England.
Montgomery Scholars’ purpose is to foster
student achievement by providing an intellectual environment that bridges
the boundaries between disciplines, as well as the boundaries that can
separate the classroom from the world beyond the campus.
Montgomery Scholars is one component of a
growing honors program at Montgomery College that also features such
innovative offerings as:
Macklin Scholars, which offers rigorous
courses, paid corporate internships, and other benefits for
sophomore-level business majors. The program is a centerpiece of the
College’s Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute.
Millenium Scholars, serving part-time
students at the Germantown and Takoma Park campuses.
Biomedical Scholars, providing a
pre-freshman math and English skills program, then personal mentoring,
advising, peer support and a participant-oriented academic experience.
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