Westlake senior selected for Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Westlake senior selected for Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Michael Rowley, a Westlake High School senior, was recently selected for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is open to high-achieving high school seniors who have an interest in pursuing doctoral study in science or engineering, and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in science and related fields. Rowley will begin his studies at UMBC in the fall and plans to major in Biology.

Students must be nominated for the program and scholarship awards range from $5,000 to $22,000 per year for four years. Rowley was nominated for the program by Gail Stone, the college and career advisor at Westlake, for his high academic achievement.  He has earned the principal’s honor roll since he was a sixth-grade student and is enrolled in several Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Rowley scored above an 1800 on the SAT exam and is in the top five percent of the senior class.

He is also a member of the National Honor Society, It’s Academic team, math team, Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Achievement (MESA) team, and participates on the golf and swim teams at Westlake. For his achievements, Rowley was recognized by the Board of Education at their April meeting as this school year’s exemplary student from Westlake in the area of academic achievement.

In addition to his academic achievements, Rowley recently organized a peer tutoring program for AP classes and also volunteers at the Charles County Humane Society. The Meyerhoff Scholars Program includes more than 1,200 participants, ranging in about 800 nationwide alumni and 290 students enrolled at UMBC. Nearly 300 graduates are currently pursuing graduate and professional degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

For more information on the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, visit http://www.umbc.edu/Programs/Meyerhoff/index.html.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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