The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) presented $10,000 to the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation to establish a TPP Pathways Scholarship Fund for students interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The new scholarship will provide financial assistance for tuition, fees, books and other related supplies for CSM students in the Southern Maryland Pathways Program which also supports STEM workforce development at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).
“We are grateful for the generosity of our partners through The Patuxent Partnership, and especially the support this will provide for our students in the Southern Maryland Pathways Program,” said CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “This is a win-win for everyone and especially for CSM’s students who are pursuing their careers in STEM fields and to support Naval Air Station Patuxent River in growing the STEM workforce for NAVAIR [Naval Air Systems Command] and NAWCAD.”
The TPP Pathways Scholarship Fund supports students who pursue an associate degree in CSM’s engineering curriculum and then transfer with junior status to University of Maryland (UMD) to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Students can take all their classes in Southern Maryland, beginning at CSM as they complete their associate degree, followed by classes at the UMD A. James Clark School at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) in California, Maryland, to complete their junior and senior classes.
“Community colleges are the greatest vehicle for workforce development within our community, and by investing in students at the College of Southern Maryland, The Patuxent Partnership is not only supporting STEM education, but even more we are creating access, pathways and connections for these students to work with the Navy once they have completed their degree program,” said TPP Executive Director Bonnie Green during the check presentation.