Pictured: Founding Members of BAHSAA

The Bel Alton High School Alumni Association proudly announces its first annual scholarship program for Charles County High School seniors and other young adults. The Association will award four $500 dollar scholarships for the 2022 academic year.

BEL ALTON, Md. — The Bel Alton High School Alumni Association has launched its first annual scholarship program for Charles County public high school seniors who are planning to enroll in a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), the College of Southern Maryland, or an accredited vocational/trade school. Former graduates of Charles County public high schools, between 18 and 25 years old, as well as Charles County residents with a Maryland High School diploma (GED) are also eligible to apply for a scholarship. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or a minimum Combined GED score of 164.

Matt Wills, Chairman of the Association, said “We established this scholarship program to honor our founding members. They saved an important part of Charles County’s Black history when they convinced the County Commissioner, in the late 1980s, to halt their plans to demolish the historic Bel Alton High School building.” The school was built in 1938 for the ‘colored’ children of Charles County and closed in 1966 when County schools were integrated. The Bel Alton High School is the only fully intact Historically Black High School building in Charles County.

Wills was pleased with a recent donation from Sheriff Troy Berry of the Charles County Sheriffs Office to kick off their scholarship fundraising program. Anyone wishing to donate may email the Association or go to their website.

Scholarship applications may be obtained by emailing info@belaltoalumnicdc.org or by going to the Association’s website at http://www.belaltonalumnicdc.org/scholarship.html .

Applications must be received by the Association’s Scholarship Committee by midnight June 10, 2022, and scholarship winners will be announced on or before July 10, 2022.

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