Noah Simmons to Receive President’s Academic Excellence Award at Carroll Community College

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Public & Corporate Relations Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
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Westminster, Md., May 15, 2018
Noah Simmons, a graduating student from the Carroll Community College Class of 2018, will receive a prestigious award for academic and community achievements at the Commencement ceremony to be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 3 p.m. at McDaniel College.

Simmons, a 20- year- old Westminster resident who has obtained an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree with a General Engineering pathway, was selected by College President Dr. James D. Ball. The President’s Academic Excellence Award selection involves a competitive process and is the President’s highest award to graduates.

“Noah has excelled at academic pursuits and successfully combined a rigorous course load with many impressive co-curricular activities,” said Ball. “Noah is a STEM Scholar and the president of the STEM club. He is in the Leadership Challenge program and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is on the Mathematics team and tutors other students in the college Academic Center. Remarkably, Noah handles these responsibilities while keeping a 4.0 grade point average in our extremely demanding Engineering Program.” Simmons was also one of four Carroll students who won the SMMART (Student Mathematics Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament) competition that was hosted by Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale. It’s the second year in a row that Carroll won this tournament.

“Being selected to receive the President’s Academic Excellence award is by far one of the experiences of which I am most proud,” said Simmons. “This award means more to me than just the scholarship and the recognition. It is a validation that my endeavors at Carroll had an impact. I am so grateful to Dr. Ball for awarding me this honor.”

“The college skills I learned after completing my previous studies as a home-schooled student taught me how to communicate, how to present confidently and how to be an effective researcher,” said Simmons. “After graduation from Carroll, I plan to transfer to the University of Maryland to study Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.” Simmons was awarded a prestigious honor for transfer students to the University of Maryland, the Frederick Douglass Scholarship.

To qualify for the President’s Academic Excellence Award, which is a $600 personal scholarship given by Ball, eligible candidates must clearly demonstrate achievement above and beyond expectations. Candidates must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours at Carroll, must have earned a 4.0 grade point average and must have demonstrated stellar service on campus and in the community. Simmons was selected based on individual accomplishments, a personal letter of application, and the recommendations of the faculty.

Carroll Community College offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 130,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at