Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 18, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 18, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 35
First Baltimore Scholars to Graduate

President Daniels talks with Baltimore Scholars Amy Perot and Shannon Jackson (back to camera).
Photo by Will Kirk / HIPS

A reception was held last week in Homewood's Mason Hall for the inaugural group of graduating Baltimore Scholars and their families.

President Ronald J. Daniels stopped by to chat with and congratulate the scholars. William Conley, dean of enrollment and academic services, spoke, along with Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, and Matthew A. Crenson, professor emeritus of political science and faculty director of the program. Associate Director of Admissions Jameel Freeman, who coordinates the program, also attended.

Since 2005, Johns Hopkins has recognized the critical importance of public education in Baltimore through the Baltimore Scholars program, which covers the cost of tuition for students from Baltimore City Public Schools who are admitted to the university. To date, more than 70 Baltimore Scholars have enrolled, with another 15 expected as freshmen this fall. Fifteen Baltimore Scholars will graduate this week. The program represents a Johns Hopkins investment in the Baltimore community of more than $2.6 million a year.

"To the parents, I know what your journey was like," Conley told the small gathering at the reception. "Parents, this day is for you, too."

Jessica Turral, a graduating scholar and recipient of the Alexander K. Barton Cup — given each year to an outstanding senior in the Homewood schools- called her experience a blessing. "I'm blessed that Johns Hopkins trusted me to represent myself, my parents, my city and my community," she said. "I just thank Hopkins for trusting us."

Crenson, himself a product of Baltimore public schools and Johns Hopkins, presented the scholars in attendance with certificates.

"It didn't take long for me to sign [the certificates]," Crenson said, "but doing so was one of the most gratifying experiences I've had in my 37 years on the faculty."


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