Carroll Community College Announces One Year Carroll Promise Scholarship

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Public & Corporate Relations Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
Press Release

Westminster, Md., May 30, 2018—Carroll Community College (Carroll) announces Carroll County residents who graduate from high school in 2018 do not need to wait for the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship that begins with the 2019-2020 academic year. Eligible students who enroll and register by July 13, 2018 may qualify for a one-year Carroll Promise Scholarship for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.

The Carroll Promise Scholarship has been created by Carroll Community College to bridge the gap for incoming students until funding from the recently approved Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship program becomes available to eligible Maryland community college students next year. Carroll’s Foundation, through its generous donors, is providing the one year funding demonstrating the ongoing significance of philanthropy and commitment to the overall advancement of the College and its students. 

“We are proud of the fact that our elected officials and Governor passed this new legislation. The opportunity this presents for high school graduates will be life changing for so many. Student success is our top priority, and we don’t want prospective students to wait to enroll until the State scholarships become available,” said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “One of the advantages of starting higher education right after completing high school is that students can continue to build upon the momentum from high school and will get a degree sooner rather than later. We are offering this new scholarship program to ensure a smooth pathway from high school to college without delay because we know that our students will be more successful if they begin right away.”

Carroll’s Promise Scholarship closely mirrors the state’s Maryland Community College Promise program eligibility requirements. One notable exception is Carroll’s grant will not require the year of employment service obligation.

This spring, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation to appropriate $15 million beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year and each year thereafter for Maryland Community College Promise Scholarships. Regulations for the administration of the funds are still under development by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the amount of funding available to Carroll County specifically has yet to be determined and will be limited in nature.

In addition to the Carroll Community College Foundation’s existing annual scholarships, the new Carroll Promise Scholarship program, funded by the Foundation, expects to award an additional $300,000 to Carroll County graduates who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Open to Carroll County residents who graduated from high school in 2018
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must attend Carroll Community College full-time (minimum of 12 credits per semester)
  • Must fall below annual adjusted gross income eligibility requirements:
    • $100,000 if the applicant is single or resides in a single-income household, or
    • $150,000 if applicant resides in a two-income household.
  • FAFSA must be submitted by Friday, July 13thto determine eligibility
  • Students must enroll and register for classes by Friday, July 13th
  • Carroll Promise Scholarships are “last dollar” after all other state financial or federal aid is applied
  • Tuition/Fee relief is up to $5,000 per recipient for the 2018-19 academic year
  • Carroll Promise Scholarship does not require employment service obligation
  • Funding for scholarships is limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis

“The College is committed to helping students attain their dreams of a higher education. We know the financial aid application process can be overwhelming, but we are available to help in any way,” said John Gay, Director of Financial Aid for Carroll. “We hope recent high school graduates take full advantage of this one time offer of the Carroll Promise Scholarship as well as our existing annual scholarships. Since funding is limited and will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis, please don’t wait to enroll and register at Carroll Community College. Once a student enrolls and registers, we will guide them through the process. We want to make this as easy as possible for prospective students to access the incredible funding opportunities at Carroll.”

Eligible students are encouraged to visit Carroll Community College’s Financial Aid Office or call

410-386-8437 for more details. Go to for details for the new Carroll Promise Scholarship.


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