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County Executive Announces Baltimore County College Promise Program

In a transformative move that would help make college a reality for hundreds of recent high school graduates, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced this morning at CCBC Essex that his FY 19 budget proposal will include a request for a Baltimore County College Promise program. If approved by the County Council, this new need-based scholarship program, will begin with the Fall 2018 semester, and will cover tuition and mandatory fees at CCBC to enable eligible Baltimore County residents to complete an associate’s degree or workplace and certification program, up to a maximum of three years.

“This is a real game-changer for students from low or moderate income families for whom the benefits of a college education might otherwise be out of reach,” Kamenetz said. “It opens up a lifetime of career income opportunities.”

The Baltimore County College Promise program guarantees that CCBC college tuition will be free for eligible recent high school graduates who live in Baltimore County. It applies to students pursuing an associate’s degree or a licensure or certification program. The scholarship goes beyond federal, state and private scholarships to provide full tuition for qualified students to pursue and complete their education at CCBC. 

“The Baltimore County College Promise program is truly something to celebrate,” exclaimed CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “It will increase access to higher education for hard-working Baltimore County students who otherwise might struggle to meet the financial obligation of going to college.  Students who receive a Promise Scholarship must be college ready, doubling the value of this investment. We are fortunate to have a County Executive who believes in the importance of public higher education and not only ‘talks the talk,’ but ‘walks the walk.’ The Baltimore County College Promise program is an investment in the future of Baltimore County students and our local economy.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our recent graduates, especially those with financial constraints, to take full advantage of the tremendous education and career-advancing opportunities at CCBC,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White.

College Promise has Widespread Support Among County Council Members

“I know firsthand how much the people in my district value CCBC Catonsville,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk. “To give individuals who might not be able to afford to go to college the opportunity to do so is vital to our future as a county, and frankly, as a nation. This is about family stability and economic growth.”

“There is nothing more important to a person than a good job, and access to higher education is vital in opening up opportunities for individuals,” said 2nd District Councilwoman Vicki Almond. “This is a very good day for Baltimore County.”

“Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.  This announcement is about jobs pure and simple,” said Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.  “Helping people get the education they need to succeed is exactly what government ought to do.”

“For people in my district, this announcement will be a true lifesaver,” said 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins. “Free college tuition will open up doors that otherwise would be closed. I am so proud to be a part of this effort.”

“Both the Essex and Dundalk campuses of CCBC are important resources in my community,” said 7th District Councilman Todd Crandell.  “Making college more affordable to those who struggle to make ends meet is a very good thing.”

Qualifications and Requirements

To be eligible, students must live in Baltimore County and have an adjusted household income of $69,000 or less, which is the median income for Baltimore County residents. Students must have graduated from a public, parochial or home school within the past two years with a GPA of 2.5 or better and complete a federal financial aid (FAFSA form). Baltimore County College Promise students must enroll full-time and be college-ready. They must maintain full-time enrollment and a GPA of at least 2.5. The scholarship applies only to the student’s first credential or degree. More details on eligibility and program parameters can be found on the attached fact sheet

How to Apply

Students who wish to learn more about the Baltimore County College Promise may visit the College Promise page on CCBC’s website

Program Cost

The current cost for full-time CCBC students taking 12 credits per semester is $1,865 in tuition and fees. The Baltimore County College Promise scholarship is calculated as a “last dollar in” award, meaning that it is applied after all other financial awards like Pell grants and state aid (not including loans) have been utilized. For example, students with $1,000 in financial aid would receive $865 from this new program to fill the gap.

CCBC estimates that approximately 1,100 students, who graduated in the past two years, are eligible for the first year of the program, and the projected cost for the first year is $980,000. Costs for years two and three are estimated at $1.8 million and $2.3 million respectively.  Baltimore County government will provide the funding for the Baltimore County College Promise scholarship from its operating budget that will be presented to the County Council for approval this April.

Current CCBC Student Enrollment

Currently, 67 percent of CCBC’s student population are Baltimore County residents and 95 percent of its graduates remain in the Baltimore region, benefitting local economies and communities. Some 46 percent of CCBC students receive financial aid, and 53 percent work at least 20 hours per week.

The Value of Education for Graduates and Society

Studies show that the average CCBC associate’s degree graduate working to their full potential will see an increase in earnings of $10,400 each year. Over a lifetime, this translates to more than $300,000 in additional earnings.

In addition to higher earnings, the scholarship improves college graduation rates, which promotes a stronger economy by enhancing the skills and job-readiness of the County’s workforce. A better educated labor pool increases the attractiveness of the region to employers, fueling economic growth, prosperity and overall quality of life.

The County Executive will present his budget to the County Council on April 12.  The County Council will vote on the budget on May 24.

Also Presents Citation Thanking Dick’s Sporting Goods for Changing Gun and Ammunition Sales Policies

One month after 17 people perished at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz stood with hundreds of students at Towson’s George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology this morning. Students walked out of class to honor victims of that tragic mass shooting and to call for gun safety measures as part of the #NationalStudentWalkout.

Carver students walk out of class in memory of victimsChants of “kids – not victims,” “never again,” and “we want change” reverberated across the school campus as students rallied around the flagpole, joining their peers around the nation in calling for legislators to take action to protect students from gun violence.

“I am very proud to support these bright and engaged students as they exercise their first amendment right to raise their voices to call for common sense gun reform and school safety," said Kamenetz.

“Today, we’re walking out to express our voice and our opinions on the gun laws in the country of the United States,” said Carver Senior Class President Reginald “Reggie” Morton. “This is not just for Maryland and Baltimore County to hear our voice, but it is also for the country as a whole to hear our voice today to express that we need different laws.”

“Gun safety is one of the most important issues of our times and I am proud of students for standing up and saying, no more,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.

Kamenetz Recognizes Dick’s Sporting Goods for Being Part of the Solution

Later this morning, Kamenetz visited the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Hunt Valley to thank managers for Dick’s decisive action in recently changing their firearms and ammunition sales policies. He presented an Executive Citation to the Hunt Valley store manager and regional representatives in grateful recognition of their recent policy change ending the sale of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines in all stores, and eliminating sales to anyone under 21 years of age of all firearms and ammunition.

“As one of the largest retailers of guns, Dick’s Sporting Goods’ actions will have a significant real-world effect in addressing the gun violence epidemic in our country and helping to protect the safety of our children and residents,” Kamenetz said. “It also sets an excellent example for other retailers and for the legislators whose job it is to protect innocent people form gun violence.”

Kamenetz Recognized Three Outstanding Women at March 1 Ceremony

It was a full house Thursday evening as  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Commission for Women recognized three outstanding women at a ceremony in the County Council Chambers in the Historic Courthouse. The annual Woman of the Year awards are given to female Baltimore County residents who have enhanced the lives of others and made significant contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.

The Baltimore County Commission for Women 2018 award winners are:

  • Laura Clary, BSN, RN as the “Woman of the Year,” a GBMC nurse, clinical manager of GBMC’s Safe Program, advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and recipient of the 2017 America’s Most Amazing Nurse from Prevention Magazine. She lives in Essex.
  • Assistant Baltimore County Fire Chief Jennifer Aubert-Utz as the “Woman Making a Difference,” a leader in a male-dominated profession and the highest-ranking woman with the Baltimore County Fire Department. She resides in Parkville.
  • Gabriella McLean as the “2018 Young Woman of the Year,” a senior at Catonsville High School championing homelessness among children and young adults.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz participated in the recognition ceremony, together with members of the Commission for Women, the County Council and Baltimore County Statehouse delegation.

“I appreciate the decades of positive impact the Commission for Women has made with their outreach and educational initiatives for women and girls in our County and I especially commend them for their efforts confronting the issue of human trafficking,” said Kamenetz.  

The Baltimore County Commission for Women was formed on January 3, 1977 by an act of the Baltimore County Council to address the needs of women through education, outreach and advocacy. The Commission works to identify and advocate for programs, legislation and services to meet the needs of Baltimore County’s women and children.

Photos of the awards ceremony are posted on the County’s website, where they may be viewed and downloaded.

Revised September 11, 2017