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FCPS STEM Scholars Visit Campus

Thursday, June 28, 2018
FCPS Young Scholars
Professor Georgette Jones helps FCPS Young Scholars with a biology experiment.

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College hosted 15 STEM scholars from the Frederick County Public Schools Young Scholars Program on June 27 for a workshop. They heard from the Hood admission team, took a campus tour and participated in mini course sessions in biology and mathematics.

“As part of the Hood NSTEP program, which provides scholarships to students desiring to become secondary STEM teachers, we are excited to build the partnership between Hood College and Frederick County Public Schools,” said Jennifer Cuddapah, Ed.D., associate professor of education at Hood. “Hosting the FCPS high school Young Scholars this summer is one way for our faculty to connect with local students and is also a great recruiting potential for Hood.”

Young Scholars are students who are interested in and show academic potential in engineering and science but who do not have the resources, advocacy or traditional supports associated with success. The program strives to provide these scaffolds for students over time to prepare them for academic success.

FCPS has the only Young Scholars program in Maryland and is a leader in assisting other districts across the country with establishing similar programs. Its original Young Scholar students, identified in grade 1, are now rising sophomores in high school. There are about 150 Young Scholars across the six schools.

For more information on this program, contact Cuddapah at