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Nine Area High School Students Receive Full Scholarships and Career Support at PGCC

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

 LARGO, Md. —Nine area high school students have been selected to receive the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) Scholarship at Prince George's Community College. Each recipient receives two years of paid tuition. They also will participate in summer internships, job shadowing experiences, leadership seminars, mentoring programs and academic career counseling opportunities. AOBA Scholars complete their studies, transfer to four-year colleges or universities or join the workforce.  Since 1996, the scholarship program has provided assistance to 108 area high school students and has a nearly 100% success rate. 

“The Apartment and Office Builders’ Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC's support and commitment of the AOBA Scholarship program provides access to higher education and valuable career mentoring to PGCC students each year,” said Brenda Mitchell, executive director of Institutional Advancement. “AOBA has raised more than $642,000 in scholarships for Prince George’s Community College students since the program’s inception,” she added.   

AOBA 2012 Scholars are Ajee Alexander, Central High School; Paige Gwathmey, Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School; Lisa Le, Parkdale High School; Michelle Masih, Highpoint High School; Amstrong Nijguet, Central High School; Kenneth Palad, home-schooled; Belqui Rios, Highpoint High School; Chantel Walker, Largo High School; and Devon Wallace, Eleanor Roosevelt High School. 

Program participants work closely with professionals in the apartment and office building industry and college staff to develop skills they can use in the workplace. Successful graduates of the program will have an opportunity to apply for an additional scholarship, provided by Southern Management Corporation, to attend American University in Washington, DC. 

Students will be honored on October 17, 6 – 8 p.m. in Marlboro Gallery. For more information about the AOBA Scholarship, visit  http://www.pgcc.edu/Paying_for_College/Scholarships/Scholarships.aspx 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.   

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