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Dr. Harry Harden Jr. Student Academic Excellence Awards

Monday, May 16 at 4 p.m., VIRTUAL EVENT

About Dr. Harry Harden Jr. (1957–1998)

The late Dr. Harry Harden Jr. was a dedicated educator, compassionate counselor, committed philanthropist, and passionate public servant.

Dr. Harry Harden Jr.

Dr. Harden joined Montgomery College in 1986 as an instructor at the Rockville Campus Student Development Office. He earned an assistant professor position in 1987. After earning a PhD from American University, Dr. Harden became the dean of student development at the Germantown Campus in 1993. The College awarded him an associate professor position in 1994.

He established the Black and African-American Student Academic Awards Program at the College in 1989 to recognize and inspire high-achieving students of Black and African-American descent. As a catalyst for student success, his legacy continues to inspire and motivate students to achieve, and thus the awards ceremony to acknowledge academic excellence of students of all ethnicities at Montgomery College, one of the most diverse community colleges in the nation with students from nearly 170 countries, is named in his honor.

Watch the 2022 Dr. Harry Harden Jr. Student Academic Excellence Awards


Student Academic Excellence Award Criteria

The criteria for receiving the Student Academic Excellence award is as follows: Students who have achieved academic excellence with a 3.5 GPA for two consecutive semesters with 24 credits. 

Please note that in order to be considered for the Medallion Award (a separate award), a student must be nominated.


Medallion Award Nomination 

We should all know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color ~ Maya Angelou

Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to nominate Montgomery College students who have shown excellence inside and outside of the classroom for the Dr. Harry Harden Jr. Student Academic Excellence Medallion Award. One student from each of the College’s three campuses will be chosen for this prestigious award based on the following criteria. 

Students must have:

  • earned a cumulative 3.5 or higher grade point average;
  • demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus or in our external community, (can include virtual campus and community space);
  • excelled in service to the College or our external community (can include virtual campus and community space); and
  • been approved for graduation for May 2022 with an associate’s degree.

Nominations must be received by the Office of the Vice President/Provost of the respective campus by the close of business, Friday, March 25, 2022. Please complete the online nomination form and attach your appropriate supplemental documents. 

Nominations

Nominations must be received by the Office of the Vice President/Provost of the respective campus by the close of business, Friday, March 25, 2022. Please complete the online nomination form and attach your appropriate supplemental documents.

Selections will be made not later than Friday, April 8, 2022, and submitted and shared with the Office of the SVP for Students Affairs. If you need more information, please contact the student’s campus VP/Provost office.


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