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CFHoCo Offers Academic Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo), which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, is administering 22 scholarships this year for Howard County high school seniors pursuing higher education at a two- or four-year college or trade school. Applications are available at www.cfhoco.org/scholarships and are due by March 9.

The scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 and support students with various experiences, interests and goals. The foundation partners with local donors who established the scholarships, each with unique eligibility requirements. Eligibility may be based on where a student went to high school, what a student’s planned major field of study will be or other factors. Specific guidelines and eligibility criteria are listed for each scholarship at www.cfhoco.org/scholarships.

CFHoCo also accepts donations for new and existing scholarship funds. For more information, visit www.cfhoco.org or call 410-730-7840.

March AACC Seminar to Address Today’s Leadership Challenges

Today’s workplace can present challenges for even the most adept business leader. A panel of top area executives will present ways that forward-thinking Maryland organizations are addressing these concerns in a complimentary corporate seminar, “Radical Leadership – Executive Panel,” from 9–10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10.

The panel discussion will meet in the lecture hall at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) at Arundel Mills, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, and will be simulcast at Hagerstown Community College. The panel is organized by the Global Corporate College (GCC), a network of community colleges and universities that uses industry best practices to provide unique solutions in employee development and training that support business priorities.

GCC President and founder Denise Reading said the discussion will center on practical solutions to address real business challenges because, “in partnering with businesses and firms where profit margins drive every decision, Global Corporate College understands clients are interested in the practical, not the theoretical.”

Panelists will include Brett Kelly, vice president of AIRMALL at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; Patrick Mish, founder of M-Edge Accessories; Joyce Phillip, chief human resource officer at the University of Maryland Faculty Physicians; and Jerry South, founder and CEO of Towne Park. To reserve a seat at the Arundel Mills site or stream to your desktop, visit www.aacc.edu/cws/events.cfm.

MUIH Incoming Class the Largest in Its History

In January, the 287 new students starting classes at Maryland University of Integrated Health (MUIH) represented the largest incoming class in the university’s history.

As the field of integrative health grows rapidly, MUIH is attracting more students than almost any other integrative health school in the nation. Of the 287 incoming students, 53 were MUIH alumni returning for the new doctoral degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine and four for the new doctorate in clinical nutrition.

The students ranged in age from 21 to 64, with an average age of 40; 85% were female and 15% were male. Fifty-eight percent of them resided within the region of Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, and 42% were from outside of the region, including six international students.

SECU Scholarships Available for Maryland State Employees

State Employee’s Credit Union (SECU), Maryland’s largest financial cooperative, again is offering scholarships to Maryland state employees and their immediate family members who will attend college, graduate school or trade school in the fall of 2015.

“The State Employee Scholarship Program represents an essential part of SECU’s continuing commitment to make both financial and scholastic education available to our members,” said Peggy Young, SECU vice president of marketing. “Doing so enables the communities we serve throughout Maryland to become stronger and financially healthier, one member and one household at a time.”

Over the past eight years, SECU has awarded nearly $250,000 in scholarships to Maryland state employees and family members.

Scholarship amounts in 2015 will vary and will be based on submission of a graded essay or video. This year, the topic addresses the following questions: Explain your understanding of the difference between a credit union and a bank. What do you see as the benefits of being a member of a credit union as opposed to being a customer of a bank? How do you see a credit union making a difference in your financial future?

To be eligible, applicants must be current or retired Maryland state employees or members of the immediate families of current or retired Maryland state employees. Winners must be enrolled or accepted into a college, university, trade or technical school. Twelfth-graders who plan to attend college next fall are also eligible.

Winners of the 2015 scholarship awards will be announced on May 12. Eligibility will be verified. The deadline for applications is April 10. For more information, application form, and submission guidelines, visit www.secumd.org/scholarships.