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Loyola partners with PGCPS to award more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants to educators

In partnership with Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education will award more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants through the second annual PGCPS CEO Employee Scholarship Program. Inspired by PGCPS CEO Monica Goldson, Ed.D., the annual employee scholarship program aims to provide PGCPS employees with the opportunity to receive scholarship funding for continuing education pursuits. 

For the 2020 award season, Loyola provided funding for 26 employee recipients who will use scholarship and grant awards to begin graduate degrees at Loyola University Maryland this fall.

Employee scholarships and grants were awarded to qualified applicants based on prior academic achievements and the strength of their scholarship application essay. This year's recipients will enter a variety of programs, including several of Loyola’s online and hybrid site-based cohort master’s’ and graduate certificate programs, as well as the University’s part-time Master of Arts in Teaching program.

The Prince George’s County CEO Employee Scholarship Program is a highly coveted honor offered annually through the county’s Office of Community Partnerships and Office of Professional Learning and Leadership. The program is designed to create accessible pathways for developing a high-performing workforce to pursue continued professional development and education. All PGCPS employees are invited to apply for the annual scholarship opportunity.

This year's awarded recipients include:

Full-Tuition Master's & Graduate Certificate Scholarship Recipients

  • Iesha Caisey - International High School at Langley Park  
  • Amy Lahlou - Dora Kennedy French Immersion
  • Szeman Chang - Lewisdale Elementary School

Half-Tuition Master's & Graduate Certificate Scholarship Recipients

  • Roslyn Hamilton - Oxon Hill High
  • Addie McNeil - Mattaponi Elementary School
  • Ashley Meeder - William Hall Academy

Enrollment Grant Recipients (Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship.) 

  • Sonya Anyaka - Apple Grove Elementary School
  • Autumn Ellison - Kingsford Elementary School
  • Celisa Glasper - CMIT Academy North Elementary School
  • Gabrielle Glover - Robert Frost Elementary School
  • Melissa Griffith -  Tulip Grove Elementary School
  • Duane Harper - Thomas Johnson Middle School
  • Erica Leake - Apple Grove Elementary School
  • Zainab Nicholas - CMIT Academy South
  • Cherish Williams - Langley Park-McCormick
  • Rebecca Starosta - Carrollton Elementary School
  • Peace Ainerua - Accokeek Academy
  • Megan Higgenbotham - Greenbelt Middle School
  • Renee Battle – Oxon Hill Middle School
  • Twinda Harvey- Perrywood Elementary School
  • Allison Gibson - Rogers Heights Elementary School
  • Emelda Guin-Allen - William Wirt Middle School
  • Terrance Sellman - Rogers Heights Elementary School
  • Sarah Bailey - Whitehall Elementary School
  • Charese Plater - Barnaby Manor Elementary School
  • Rhonda Urlin-Knights - Dr. Henry Wise High School

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