Next Generation Scholars program expands during summer
Caroline students to visit Bowie State University and various camps cultivated specifically for them
BALTIMORE — The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education held its fourth Learning Experience for students in its Next Generation Scholars program at Bowie State University on Friday, July 13.
“A Gateway of Opportunity @ Bowie State University” is designed as a hands-on education event for 260 students with a demonstrated financial need in grades seven through nine from Allegany, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Wicomico counties to explore several programs offered at the school and inspire various career interests. Previously, MBRT hosted similar Saturday Learning Experiences at Towson University, Chesapeake College and Frostburg State University.
“Summer learning loss is a real issue that exists for K-12 students,” said Brian Dulay, executive director of MBRT. “Students who come from underserved communities and who have a demonstrated financial need face even more challenges as a result of summer vacation, which is why MBRT strategically shifted our usual Saturday Learning Experience to Friday just for the summer so we can have greater impact keeping them engaged and learning.”
The day began with welcome remarks from Interim Director of Admissions Robert Johnson. As the Next Generation Scholars toured the WBSU Bulldog Radio station, new health sciences building, student center, library and performing arts center, they learned about architecture, biosciences, construction, engineering, film and media.
They also met with members of Bowie’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, as well as Athletic Director Clyde Doughty, Jr. and several Bowie State University coaches. Due to popular demand, the Next Generation Scholars got to eat lunch at one of the campus cafeterias and experience true college life.
“A Gateway of Opportunity @ Bowie State University” is just one of the many events as part of MBRT’s summer programming for Next Generation Scholars.
“We invested nearly $50,000 and partnered with organizations to create new activities and enhance existing ones so that our families have a wide range of options to choose from when planning their summer break,” Dulay said.
Each of the five counties developed a variety of experiences based on students’ feedback. In Caroline County, Next Generation Scholars from Colonel Richardson Middle and High Schools, as well as Lockerman Middle and North Caroline High schools, can participate in the Into The Woods With S.T.E.M. Camp at Adkins Arboretum; a fiveday drone camp with Global Air Media; a Performing Arts Summer Drama Production with master thespian Keith Shaffer; and Caroline’s Recreation and Parks Young Musicians Summer Academy, Teen Leadership Academy, and Counselor-In-Training program. In addition, MBRT purchased PSAT books for rising 10th-graders at North Caroline and Colonel Richardson High Schools to practice with over the summer.
In Kent County, Next Generation Scholars from Kent County Middle and High schools can participate in various technology camps at Kent County High School, including Wearable Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Raspberry Pi, which teaches different computer languages. Students also can choose from the Horizon or Bytes Summer Program at Washington College and Leader’s Club at Kent County Middle School. For those interested in waterrelated activities, students are offered a Kayak Day Camp and Middle School Sultana Camp at the Sultana Education Foundation in Chestertown as well as a Kayak Overnight Program that begins at Turner’s Creek Public Landing and ends at Chesapeake College. In addition, MBRT purchased PSAT books for rising 10th-graders at Kent County High School to practice with over the summer.
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, 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 lowincome families.
MBRT currently serves more than 2,300 students in 12 middle and 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 eligible for Next Generation Scholars graduate ready for their next steps in college, career and life.
Learn more about MBRT’s Next Generation Scholars program at www.mbrt.org/ nextgen.