What is the Next Generation Scholars Program?

Next Generation Scholars (NGS) is a state grant program established by Maryland House Bill 1403 (2016) that provides funding for college access through nonprofit organizations to enhance college and career awareness and college completion for low-income Maryland high school students. The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) has been awarded three grants by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to work in Allegany, Caroline, and Wicomico counties.

MBRT’s implementation is designed to offer essential college and career ready services to students who currently qualify for the Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant at the following schools: Washington Middle and Fort Hill High in Allegany County; Lockerman Middle, Colonel Richardson Middle, North Caroline High and Colonel Richardson High in Caroline County; and Wicomico Middle and Wicomico High in Wicomico County.

MBRT services will support qualifying students by helping: to determine career interests; creating awareness of how high school preparation, college coursework completion and career goals connect; and offering exposure to career pathways through workforce volunteer learning engagements.

What is a Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant?

The Howard P. Rawlings Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant is available to any Maryland high school senior whose annual total family income is below 130 percent of the Federal poverty level. Awards are made by the total family income and high school grade point average. The grant value for attendance at Maryland independent colleges and universities is equivalent to the cost of tuition, fees, room and board at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Grant recipients must: be legal residents of Maryland, begin college within one year of completing high school, have successfully completed a college preparatory program and achieved an unweighted grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be accepted for admission as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester) in one of the eligible degree-granting institutions in the State of Maryland.

To be considered for a Guaranteed Access Grant, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

MBRT Next Generation Scholars Courses

  • 4 CREDITS OF MATH (inculding Alegbra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)
  • 3 CREDITS OF LAB SCIENCE (Biology, Chemistry, Physics**)
  • 3 CREDITS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (U.S. History, World History, Government)

Students must attain a 2.5 GPA to qualify
Courses in bold are beyond state graduation requirements
**A 3rd lab science may be substituted for Physics

Our model

In partnership with school leadership and guidance counselors, MBRT Next Generation Scholars Coordinators in Allegany, Caroline and Wicomico counties help raise awareness about Next Generation Scholars and the qualifications students must meet to remain eligible to receive the Guaranteed Access Grant.  As students progress from middle to high school,  MBRT will provide grade-specific services to help ensure Next Generation Scholars graduate ready for their next steps in college, careers, and life.

Where can I take advantage of these services?

If you are a parent or student at one of the following Next Generation Scholars identified schools and interested in participating in the program, please email MBRT by clicking on your school district to receive more information about the program.

Allegany County Public Schools

  • Washington Middle
  • Fort Hill High

Caroline County Public Schools

  • Lockerman Middle
  • Colonel Richardson Middle
  • Colonel Richardson High
  • North Caroline High



Dorchester County Public Schools (2018 expansion, pending approval)

  • Mace’s Lane Middle
  • Cambridge-South Dorchester High

Kent County Public Schools (2018 expansion, pending approval)

  • Kent County Middle
  • Kent County High

Wicomico County Public Schools

  • Wicomico Middle
  • Wicomico High

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