Walls earns Gross Regents Scholarship to attend UMBC
College of Southern Maryland graduate James Walls, 21, of Hughesville has been named a Gross Regents Scholar.
The Regents Scholars Program was established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents to affirm its commitment to academic excellence and to enable students of exceptional ability to fully develop their intellectual and creative talents, a release states. In recognition of the contributions of outstanding transfer students, the Board of Regents awards the Gross Regents Scholarship to a Maryland community college student.
The scholarship recipient must complete an associate degree with a superior grade point average, thus continuing the tradition of high academic standards demonstrated by all Regents Scholars.
Walls graduated in spring 2016 with a 4.0 GPA.
An English major and dean’s list student at CSM, Walls said he plans to study computer science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Walls, who has autism on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum, was diagnosed when he was around 10.
Walls’ Regents Scholar award will cover the costs for in-state tuition and mandatory fees, university board costs and room charges, and $500 each semester to be used for other education expenses. The award is renewable for a total of four semesters provided the student maintains a minimum 3.5 GPA and completes 12 or more credit hours each semester.
Last year, 1,762 CSM students transferred to 226 different four-year colleges and universities in 45 states and the District of Columbia. CSM has more than 50 guaranteed transfer agreements with fouryear colleges and universities across the country.
James Walls of Hughesville has earned a University System of Maryland Board of Regents scholarship to attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Walls, left, receives his associate’s degree from Dorothea Holt Smith, chair of the CSM Board of Trustees, during the spring 2016 commencement ceremonies. SUBMITTED PHOTO