BALTIMORE — 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 Oct. 22. 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.”

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.

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