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October: Maryland Scholars Have it Made

Parents Count

Maryland Scholars Have It Made

It pays - both in money and in better preparation for life - for you and your child to know about the Maryland Scholars program.

What is the Maryland Scholars program? It's a high school course of study that gives your child the advantage of well-rounded, more challenging course work in English, math, science, social studies and foreign language. Maryland Scholars students chart a course for greater accomplishments after graduation by challenging themselves to go beyond basic diploma requirements - and succeed.

The Maryland Scholars course of study requires:

  • 4 credits of English
  • 3 credits of Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
  • 3 credits of Lab Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
  • 3 credits of Social Studies (U.S. History, World History, Government)
  • 2 credits of the same Foreign Language
  • A 2.5 GPA. Students with a 3.5 GPA receive additional recognition.

The rewards for Maryland Scholars graduates are real! Studies by the U.S. Department of Education show that high school students who take more rigorous courses will earn 13 percent more by age 27 than those who do not, regardless of whether or not they go to college. Moreover, employers in Maryland and other states are already saying that they have trouble finding enough job applicants with good writing and math skills. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that by the year 2010 the nation will suffer a shortage of 12 million qualified workers for the fastest-growing job sectors!

And consider the scholarship money available through Maryland Scholars. And as a Maryland Scholar, your child could qualify for college tuition grants ranging from $750 to $4,000 per year.

Whether your child plans to go straight into the workplace, intends to go to college, or simply wants to have the most options possible after graduation, it pays to be in the Maryland Scholars program. Too many students graduate from high school only to find themselves needing remedial training in basic math, science and communications skills. The Maryland Scholars program is your child's guarantee of being well-prepared for success.

Your role as a parent is crucial. Students do better when parents stay involved with their education. Find out more about Maryland Scholars, and what you can do to help your child to enter and succeed in this important program, at



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