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“House of Delegates Passes Largest New State Investment in Higher Education Financial Aid in Maryland in a Generation.”


We have exciting news to share with you that is directly aligned with the organization’s vision: “One day every Marylander will have access to an affordable college education.” We have been hard at work on many levels to ensure our voices are heard and action is taken at the local and state government levels to provide significant financial support for students pursuing higher education in Maryland.

There are two recent activities that are noteworthy. The attached document is a press release from the Office of Delegate Brooke Lierman entitled: “House of Delegates Passes Largest New State Investment in Higher Education Financial Aid in Maryland in a Generation.” Joe Fisher, our Founder, and CEO who also chairs Maryland Alliance for College Affordability and Equity was quoted as “The Maryland Alliance supports HB734 because it is a Win-Win for Maryland because more needy students will receive the Howard P. Rawling Education Assistance making it affordable for them to attend college. HB734 also demonstrates Maryland’s commitment to students of poverty by removing a financial barrier for them to attend college and graduate.” We’d like to especially thank Delegate Jared Solomon, District 18, Montgomery County, and Delegate Alonzo Washington, District 22, Prince George's County who were instrumental in the passage of this new legislation. Please take a few minutes to read the attached document for more information about the bill.

Download & View HB734 MD Student Investment Act Press Release

On the local level, we were proud to be represented during the latest Prince George’s County Council virtual meeting by two FGCB students, Tsion Wolde from High Point High School and Mayly Cisneros from DuVal High School. They were accompanied by FGCB Director of Program Services, Deja Cobbs. The group provided testimony highlighting the significance of the Housing Community Development Block Grant.

FGCB continues to be at the forefront of advocating for college affordability and removing barriers for low-income students to attend college and graduate! It is important for FGCB to highlight how student contributions at the county and state levels help to further promote the vision and mission of First Generation College Bound.

We always welcome and have a need for additional voices to give testimony during these legislative sessions. If you are interested in participating in future hearings, please contact FGCB offices by phone (301) 490-0911 or by email FGCBAdmin@fgcb.org.

Mission Statement: FGCB exists to inspire low-income and first-generation youth to achieve social and economic success by providing advice, encouragement, and support to obtain a college degree.

Cambridge Jones, an FGCB graduate, was selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Read the full article by Brianna M. Gillard @ YES! Weekly

Cambridge Jones, a First Generation College Bound graduate of Central High School, currently a junior at Bennet College, was selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad through the end of 2021.

Cambridge Jones, a Pre-med junior, chose to study abroad in Costa Rica for the fall 2021 semester. “I am very excited to have received this incredible scholarship to study abroad. I’ve always wanted to study abroad, and this scholarship will help fund my goal I have before graduating in 2022,” said Jones. “I am very thankful to be a recipient of such an esteemed scholarship. I can now experience the Costa Rican culture, further my educational career, and study another language. In my experiences, I look forward to sharing with my Bennett sisters and hope they take the same leap of faith.” Jones choose Costa Rica as an opportunity to linguistically advance in her studying the Spanish language, which would afford her the ability to care for patients in her career.

The Congressionally funded Gilman Scholarship Program successfully broadens the U.S. student population by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study or intern abroad. The Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 or up to $8,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent over 33,000 Gilman Scholars of diverse backgrounds to 151 countries worldwide.

Giant Food Community Bag Program | March 2020

FGCB has been selected by Giant Food store leadership to participate in the Giant Food Community Bag Program for the month of March 2020!

FGCB will receive a $1 donation for every reusable $2.50 Community Bag purchased at the Giant Food Store, 1009 FAIRLAWN ST, LAUREL.

FGCB will receive a $1 donation for every reusable $2.50 Community Bag purchased at the Giant Food Store, 1009 FAIRLAWN ST, LAUREL.

FGCB partnering with Olive Branch Community Church at Sherwood High School

 Jefferi Lee (Blue shirt), guest speaks from OBCC speaks to students (Alina, Danys & Oscar) about college life and time management.

Jefferi Lee (Blue shirt), guest speaks from OBCC speaks to students (Alina, Danys & Oscar) about college life and time management.

MSDE Awards Grants to FGCB!

Funds Will Help Advance College and Career Awareness

BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded grants to seven nonprofit organizations that will help enhance college and career awareness and college completion for low-income high school students.
Maryland’s new Next Generation Scholars program was established by the General Assembly (House Bill 1403) in 2016. The $4.7 million state grant program makes funding available to nonprofit organizations in order to develop programs that provide guidance and services to strengthen college access and success.
The Next Generation Scholars program will be offered by the Maryland Business Roundtable (Allegany, Caroline, and Wicomico County Public Schools), First Generation College Bound (Prince George’s County Public Schools), and It Takes A Village (Somerset County Public Schools). Programs in Baltimore City Public Schools will be offered by Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT), The Y in Central Maryland, CollegeBound Foundation, and Morgan State University.
The law includes a prequalification for college funds that will be available through the Guaranteed Access Grant, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The Guaranteed Access Grant provides an award that will help cover the cost of full time study at a Maryland college or university for low-income families.
A new solicitation for grant proposals will be released on October 2, 2017 for nonprofit organizations to administer the Next Generation Scholars of Maryland Program in Allegany County, Baltimore City, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Prince George’s County, Somerset County, and Wicomico County.



Growing up in a government housing project in Southeast Washington, Joe Fisher never thought much about college. One of eight children whose father didn't make it past 10th grade or his mother past sixth, college just did not seem like an option.

But thanks in part to a track and field scholarship to Catholic University, Fisher earned not only a bachelor's degree but also a master's degree.
Pathway to College -low-income families know about ways to afford a college education | Joe Fisher

Now, 40 years after he graduated from college, the 62-year-old Laurel resident has helped more than 500 young men and women get college degrees they never thought were possible.

Fisher's is a story of determination and vision that has made the Laurel-based program that he started a quarter century ago, First Generation College Bound Inc., a heartwarming success story with a statewide reputation.


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