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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published May 11, 2011

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY ON THE RESTORATION OF DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS AWARD



ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 11, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement following his order to restore funding for Maryland’s Distinguished Scholars:

“Earlier today, I ordered the Maryland Higher Education Commission to restore funding to the 350 Maryland seniors who were counting on the $3,000 Distinguished Scholars award they earned to attend a Maryland college or university.

“While this year’s budget deficit presented unique challenges, and we worked together to address the revenue shortfall with tough choices and deep cuts to existing programs, it was never our intention to impact prior awards. Clearly, our commitment to honor existing awards was not fulfilled and I’ve directed MHEC to immediately correct the error and restore the four-year scholarships to all seniors who were expecting their award.”