On Wednesday, December 15th, Capitol Technology University signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CollegeBound Foundation (CollegeBound), an organization whose mission is to help Baltimore City high school students attend college through assistance in advising, financial aid, scholarships, and other areas of need. This MOU established a scholarship program exclusively for CollegeBound students planning to attend Capitol Tech.
“This is a great opportunity for us to recognize the mission of both CollegeBound and Capitol Tech and how they are aligned in making opportunities for students to pursue a college degree,” said Dianne O’Neill, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Capitol Tech. “They’ll pursue their college degree and have great opportunities in the future workforce.”
Historically, Capitol has offered merit scholarships of up to $12,000 to applicants based on academic performance. Now, all students graduating from CollegeBound high schools will also receive an additional $2,000 annual renewable scholarship to attend Capitol Tech regardless of GPA, meaning a student can potentially earn up to $14,000 in scholarship funds towards a Capitol Tech education.
Capitol also extends an elite offer, the Capitol Scholars Program, to a few of its best and brightest students each year, which allows students to compete for a chance at a full tuition scholarship.
Jennifer Covahey, Director of College Success at CollegeBound, looks forward to the partnership as it brings both financial and interpersonal assistance to students in the program. “Through our partnerships, we establish what’s called a campus liaison at all our institutions” she explains, “who is someone who has worked with Collegebound and knows us, and who students may feel more comfortable reaching out to if they have a problem that could be a barrier to continuing their education.”
Benefits like these can help students feel supported through their college journey as they navigate a new type of learning environment for the first time.
Currently, CollegeBound works with about 600 students who receive funding from the organization. With this new memorandum, they hope to increase that number and encourage more Baltimore City high school students to consider Capitol Tech for their college experience.