Capitol College awards full scholarships to promising first-year students

The Capitol Scholars Program at Capitol College, funded by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, will welcome fourteen of the region’s brightest and most motivated young minds to campus this fall, all of whom will receive full, four-year scholarships.

The majority of the awarded NSF funds established the Capitol Scholars Program in August 2008, which is specifically geared towards students who excel in science and technology. CSP will provide the students’ tuition during their first two years of study in the departments of engineering, computer science, and engineering technology. After two years, Capitol College scholarship funds will be allocated to complete their full, four-year scholarship.

“There is a rising need in this country for a better workforce of highly-educated engineers, computer scientists, and technologists, and the CSP program is yet another aspect of Capitol College’s Emerging Leaders Program that will educate the students who will become a part of that workforce,” said Dr. Michael Wood, president. “Secondly, the scholarships awarded to these students, many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds who represent the first generation in their family to attend college, are the financial resources they really need to earn their degree.”

One of these promising new academic talents, Thalida Noel, is a recent graduate of Baltimore’s Western Senior High School. Noel’s interest in computer science, participation in FIRST Robotics with team “Robo-Doves,” and excellent academic performance garnered an invitation to apply for the CSP, where her robotics presentation impressed the Capitol admissions team.

Noel, who is a part of First Generation College Bound, and the 13 other students that make up the first cohort of CSP students will begin study in their various disciplines during the fall 2009 semester.

An encouraging support system on campus will help CSP students achieve success; monthly group meetings with faculty advisors, shared classes, personal advising, mentoring from alumni and industry professionals, and career planning services will be available to them. Before their freshman year, they will experience the Capitol College Institute for Student Success, a three-week, residential summer program that introduces students to the college environment.

The NSF S-STEM program issues grants to higher education institutions to support scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students in order for them to enter the workforce in science and engineering disciplines after receiving their degree.

Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business. Founded in 1927, Capitol is an accredited institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional development training and certificates, and partnerships with government and industry. Capitol is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The college is located in Laurel, Md., a suburban setting midway between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Capitol and is committed to providing a quality education that is technology-driven, accessible, affordable and practical especially during these challenging economic times.

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