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Date: July 8, 2002 (02-38)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery Scholars Bound for Universities/Cambridge
MC Transfers Heading to Top Schools; Freshmen to Study In England

           Students completing Montgomery College’s 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 Amherst. 

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 High.

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)

Amherst College
Jeremy Collins, Derwood, Magruder HS (Also accepted by Cornell University)

Georgetown University
Maria Kostaris, Rockville, Wootton HS

Jonathan Thron, Boyds, home-schooled/Cedar Brook Academy

Adam Weidenhammer, Rockville, home-schooled/Learning Community

Hood College
Dvija Stempel, Boyds, home schooled

Houston Baptist University
Janice Strasser-King, Germantown, Seneca Valley HS

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Christina Choi, Gaithersburg, home-schooled/Covenant Life

Michelle Mays, Gaithersburg, home-schooled/Covenant Life 

(Choi and Mays also were accepted by Georgetown University)

University of Maryland, College Park
Carolina Lasso, Germantown, John F. Kennedy HS

Alon Shalev, Gaithersburg, Northwest HS

University of Maryland, Shady Grove
Yiying Tsai, Rockville, Richard Montgomery HS

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Brandon Bryn, Olney, Sherwood HS


Penn State
Forsythia Igot, Olney, Albert Einstein HS

Towson University
Garrett Wozniak, Montgomery Village, Watkins Mill HS (Also accepted by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Note: This is the second class to finish the Montgomery Scholars program.


England Beckons for First-Year Scholars

          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.

         Teaching 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 same time

         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 Beacon 2002

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 work.    

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 Honors

            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. 


About Montgomery Scholars

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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