Single Mother Selected to Prestigious Regents Scholars Program

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.—Stephanie Mankey, a spring 2011 graduate of Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), received the prestigious Regents Scholarship to attend the University of Maryland, College Park. Mankey, a 4.0 general studies major, was offered a full scholarship to attend any University System of Maryland institution. Candidates selected for the scholarship exhibit strong motivation, exceptional character and a record of extracurricular accomplishments.

“Starting out as a single mother, not having completed high school, I was so grateful to have eventually found a home at PGCC, where I could build up my self-esteem and thrive academically,” said Mankey. “I am so proud to have seen the hard work I put into my first two years of college pay off with a full scholarship to University of Maryland, College Park,” she added.

During her first semester at Prince George’s Community College, Mankey filled out an application for the Regents Scholarship and made it her goal to secure the funding by the end of her two years of studies. In the spring, Mankey reached out to all her professors looking for advice about winning the scholarship and was eventually directed to the college’s Maryland Regents Scholarship Selection Committee. The committee forwarded her application to PGCC President Charlene M. Dukes, who recommended Mankey for the scholarship.

The Regents Scholarship is offered to a limited number of entering freshmen from Maryland to recognize their extraordinary academic achievements. Jointly sponsored by the University of Maryland and the University System of Maryland, the scholarship is considered one of the most prestigious programs in the state. The award covers the cost of in-state tuition, mandatory fees, room and board and a book allowance for four years.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education (CAE2Y) designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the years 2010 to 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  

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