Takoma Park passed a resolution Jan. 18 to create a $5,000 grant to Montgomery College to be used for scholarships.
The $5,000 would be split into five $1,000 scholarships, and students would be eligible only if they qualified through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program and resided in Takoma Park, although the prospective student does not need to be a U.S. citizen.
“From my perspective, certainly in the first year of the program, focusing on youth that are from Takoma Park is certainly a good way to start it off,” said Council member Tim Male.
Preference would also be given to those with a minimum 2.5 GPA who are part of the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success program, an effort that helps students on the path to a bachelor’s degree.
“If we can look for those people that are first generation going to college and try to help them, because a lot of them have more difficulty than others who have already gone through this process,” said Council member Jarrett Smith in the first council meeting discussion on this two weeks ago.
Council member Peter Kovar, who has been supporting scholarships at Montgomery College before, found the decision to support this easy.
“I think that this is something that is an easy thing to support,” said Kovar.
Smith was highly invested in the idea of the scholarship fund and even issued a call to action to the other municipalities in Montgomery County.
“I hope the city talks about this, because I want the other municipalities in Montgomery County do the same,” said Smith.