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Mayor Young and BCCC Launch Second Mayor's Scholars Cohort
Hundreds of City High School Graduates Begin Summer Bridge Program to Attend BCCC Tuition-Free
BALTIMORE, MD. — Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) welcomes a group of over 400 Baltimore City high school graduates for the second class of its Mayor’s Scholars Program (MSP) – a tuition-free scholarship allowing students to earn their associate's degree or complete a workforce development program.
Launched in 2018 with a class of over 300 high school graduates, the MSP was a major success as it leveled the playing field for young people with affordable pathways into higher education and a range of complimentary support services.
“We are very excited to welcome a new class of Baltimore City students to begin their postsecondary careers at BCCC,” Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said. “The Mayor’s Scholars Program has been a great success as it provided students across our city the chance to continue their education, build new skills and heighten their success at work.”
At BCCC, MSP participants take part in the college’s innovative Summer Bridge Program, a six-week immersive orientation providing them the early tools of success: introduction to typical expectations for how to succeed in college; awareness of the many support services available at BCCC. YouthWorks, the summer jobs program for Baltimore City youth, plans its second annual stipend to keep MSP students on track for success and provide an additional incentive as they transition from high school.
“The Mayor’s Scholars Program makes BCCC affordable for the many high school students who might otherwise struggle to pay for college,” said BCCC President Dr. Debra L. McCurdy. “The Summer Bridge Program provides hands-on support and resources and is the perfect way to prepare young people in Baltimore to be ready for the college experience in the fall. This has been an excellent collaboration and we are grateful for the support of Mayor Young.”
The Mayor’s Scholars Program is a partnership between BCCC, the Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, and the Baltimore City Public Schools. The program follows a “last-dollar” scholarship model that covers students’ final costs to attend BCCC (after financial aid and scholarships) to pursue either an academic degree or a workforce training certificate.
One important component of the Mayor’s Scholars Program is its ability to allow students who complete an associate’s degree at BCCC to continue their studies at Coppin State University tuition-free through the school’s Finish4Free scholarship program.