Maryland’s high school class of 2012 received a record total of scholarship offers this year.
Graduating seniors this past year were offered nearly $1 billion in scholarship funding to continue their education, according to the results of a new Maryland State Department of Education survey. Students received $966 million in scholarship offers, beating last year’s record total of $926 million.
“Our nation’s colleges and universities continue to seek great students for their programs, and the products of Maryland public schools are high on their list,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery. “Scholarship assistance often tips the balance between attending or not attending college, especially in this economy. This increase in aid to our graduates is very welcome news.”
The survey found that of the 53,678 students in the total public high school graduating class, 44 perent, or 23,670 graduates, received scholarship offers. The scholarships included 250 National Merit Finalists and 360 scholarship offers from Ivy League institutions.