BALTIMORE, Md. (September 6, 2011) – Tomorrow, as part of his ongoing education tour to mark the start of the new school year, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will address a meeting of the Board of Directors for the CollegeBound Foundation to highlight the success of their college access program in Baltimore City high schools. Last month, Lt. Governor Brown was joined by Interim State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bernard Sadusky and Prince George’s County Superintendent Dr. William Hite, Jr. for visits to James H. Harrison Elementary School and Parkdale High School. The Lt. Governor also visited Crossland High School to speak to students and highlight the school’s implementation of the innovative College Summit program.
The CollegeBound Foundation serves 15,000 high school students with a fulltime college advisor at 21 Baltimore City high schools. They also award over $400,000 each year in need-based college grants to Baltimore City graduates who enroll in four year Maryland colleges and universities. CollegeBound reports a 49 percent college completion rate for students who participate in the program, compared to 23% of college students from similar economic backgrounds nationally.
The CollegeBound Foundation opened its doors in 1989 as a college access program serving the public school students of Baltimore City exclusively. The Foundation immediately established its signature financial aid tool, the Last Dollar Grant (“LDG”) award program. Over the past 20 years, the LDG program has proven to be a uniquely effective college completion strategy that has enabled hundreds of our community’s underrepresented low income students earn a four year college degree. Since 1989, CollegeBound has awarded more than $4,000,000 in college grants to young men and women who are now successful in law, medicine, social work, industry, government and many other fields.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Address CollegeBound Foundation Board of Directors
WHERE: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
1400 Orleans Street
WHEN: Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7, 2011