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BGE Scholars Program Establishes Scholarships with Maryland HBCU’s

Students at Bowie, Coppin, and Morgan State Universities will receive $10,000 scholarships

BALTIMORE (Sept. 29, 2021) – BGE today announced partnerships with Bowie State University, Coppin State University, and Morgan State University to award scholarships to full-time STEM majors from its communities. Each school will receive grant funding of $200,000 in 2021 to provide funding for $10,000 scholarships to 15 "BGE Scholars."

"These scholarships are a critical tool to help students complete their studies affordably. By helping remove barriers to success, we hope that these talented individuals will have an opportunity to fulfill their full potential," said BGE president and CEO Carim Khouzami. "In addition to the scholarships, we are also committed to building deeper relationships with the students through summer internships, providing mentors, and job shadowing opportunities. These career exposing activities will help students to gain a better appreciation of how their studies can translate into a career."

BGE and the universities will also work to build their partnerships beyond financial support to help advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in Maryland.

"BGE is a valued partner to Morgan and has continuously demonstrated its support of the vital role Maryland HBCUs play in addressing inequity by preparing students for future success and exposing them to transformative opportunities," said David Wilson, president of Morgan State University. "We appreciate and embrace this opportunity to enhance our partnership through this generous investment in Morgan scholars and look forward to the future fruit it will bear by keeping more students engaged, enlightened, and most importantly enrolled."

To be eligible for the scholarships, students must be a Maryland resident, maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA, major in a STEM field, and demonstrate financial need.

"On behalf of Coppin State University, we are excited about this partnership with BGE, as we've realized our shared goal in creating greater access to higher education for underserved students in our communities to help them realize the extent of their potential and transform their lives," said Coppin State University president, Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins.

An additional $50,000 will be used to fund persistence grants at each school, and is available to any student to cover costs that might interfere with a student's ability to continue college, such as text books.

"This partnership with BGE will have a tremendous impact on the lives of Bowie State University students in the STEM disciplines who will be supported with merit-based scholarships as well as leadership and career development opportunities to position them for success after graduation," said Bowie State University president Aminta H. Breaux. "We commend the foresight of BGE to also provide resources to help any student close small, non-tuition-related financial gaps and unexpected challenges that too often hamper their ability to persist and graduate. Supporting the development or our students will pay dividends for the future economic viability of our state and nation."

"BGE recognizes the role that HBCUs play as anchor institutions and in creating opportunity for economic equity and mobility, leading and supporting community development efforts, and supporting students experiencing systematic and generational marginalization," said Rodney Oddoye, BGE's senior vice president of governmental and external affairs. "Because of this, BGE has deepened our focus on supporting our region's HBCUs which are uniquely positioned to directly and dramatically impact communities of color."

BGE's partnership with local HBCUs is aligned with Exelon's broader effort to support HBCUs via a partnership with the United Negro College Fund.

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