• Maryland Business Roundtable for Education's (MBRT)

    Nearly 150 Next Generation Scholars Participated in National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) National College Fair in Baltimore City
    Eleventh grade students represented Allegany, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Wicomico Counties

    Nearly 150 eleventh grade students from Maryland Business Roundtable for Education’s (MBRT) Next Generation Scholars program participated in Baltimore’s National College Fair, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) at the Baltimore Convention Center on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. The fair afforded students an opportunity to connect one-on-one with college admission representatives from hundreds of postsecondary institutions. While attending the event, MBRT encouraged Next Generation Scholars to visit a minimum of eight booths and ask a minimum of five questions at each booth so that they could make more informed decisions about college selection and career readiness. 

    “This is a terrific opportunity for our students to speak with admissions professionals and ask important questions that help them learn more about the process and guide them as they progress toward high school graduation,” said Brian Dulay, executive director of MBRT. “The students, who are now juniors, are members of the Next Generation Scholars program inaugural class. It’s great to see them engage in opportunities like these as they prepare for their future.”

    In addition to attending the college fair, students from Wicomico County visited Coppin State University while in Baltimore. Students toured the campus and met with students, staff and college leadership to learn more about college life and opportunities that exist should they attend the public historic black university (HBCU).

    This college fair visit is a new component for the Next Generation Scholars program, which began in the fall of 2017. Since inception, MBRT has held External Learning Experiences at nine colleges around the state. In addition, they also hosted students from Allegany, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Wicomico Counties at Discovery Fest 2019 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground where students were exposed to more than 50 colleges and businesses as well as military offerings. 

    For more than 25 years, MBRT has been connecting the business community with local schools through its Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau and STEM Specialists in the Classroom programs. In 2017, MBRT added the Next Generation Scholars program, which provides funding through the Howard P. Rawlings Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), to enhance education and career awareness as well as college completion for high school students with a demonstrated financial need. The Guaranteed Access Grant provides an award that will help cover the cost of full-time study at a Maryland college or university for low-income families.

    MBRT currently serves nearly 2,000 students in six high schools across five counties. The organization is one of several that partner with leadership and school counselors at select schools throughout the state to provide grade-specific services to ensure that students who are part of Next Generation Scholars graduate ready for their next steps in college, career and life. MBRT coordinators help students and parents understand that college is an option for everyone while bridging the knowledge gap that exists for many families about college and their chosen career paths.

    Learn more about MBRT’s Next Generation Scholars program at www.mbrt.org/nextgen

    About Maryland Business Roundtable for Education
    Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a nonprofit coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. MBRT is the catalyst for business, government and education to drive high student achievement that ensures a competitive future workforce for a world-class economy. For more information, please visit http://www.mbrt.org/.


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    - Dorchester: On Tuesday, October 22, Dorchester County’s Next Generation Scholars Coordinator Lauri Bell (right), took her eleventh grade students from Cambridge-South Dorchester High School to Baltimore’s National College Fair. The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) added the fair to its Next Generation Scholars programming to allow students exploring college options to connect one-on-one with college admission representatives from hundreds of postsecondary institutions. 


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    - Dorchester: Bry’Asia Johnson, a junior at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, fills out forms and waits in line to speak with professionals from the University of South Carolina Aiken during a trip to Baltimore’s National College Fair, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). On Tuesday, October 22, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) sent nearly 150 eleventh grade students from its Next Generation Scholars program to connect one-on-one with college admission representatives from hundreds of postsecondary institutions. 


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    Dorchester: On Tuesday, October 22, nearly 150 eleventh grade students from Maryland Business Roundtable for Education’s Next Generation Scholars program had the chance to connect one-on-one with college admission representatives from hundreds of postsecondary institutions. Pictured here, from left to right, Nehemiah Davis, Jeremy Taylor and Ira Nichols, as they enjoy learning about possible colleges to attend, including University of Oregon while participating in Baltimore’s National College Fair, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).