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Two Seniors Accepted into Prestigious UMD Banneker/Key Scholarship Program!
Posted 03/22/2018 10:41PM

By Camille Spurlock '18

Congratulations are in order for our two seniors, Arinze Okeke '18 and Simisola Olorunwunmi '18, for being accepted into the Banneker/Key Scholarship Program at the University of Maryland. The scholarship comes from two prominent Maryland natives, Benjamin Banneker and Francis Scott Key.

This prestigious scholarship is only offered to 150 new freshman applicants out of the 30,000 who apply to the school. For the scholarship there are two levels of funding. The first level provides full tuition, residence hall room, and basic resident dining plan for four years. The second level provides a partial tuition Banneker/Key Scholarship Honors Collegescholarship each year for four years. To be admitted to the program they need to submit an application to the school by the November 1st deadline. If they were accepted into the school and its Honors College they had automatic nomination for the program. 

When asked how McNamara has prepared him for college Arinze answered,  "McNamara has prepared me very well for college, especially our AP courses. The way our AP classes are run is very similar to classes in college." They also both point to counselors Mrs. Auchmoody and Ms. Treichel for helping them through the college process. 

"Our counselors are so amazing! They really help you and answer all your questions about the college admission process. When you celebrate they celebrate too."

- Simisola Olorunwunmi

Simisola plans to major in Biology with a specialty in Neurobiology and Physiology and plans on going to medical school to become a doctor. Arinze would like to major in Biology with a focus on Vertebrae Physiology or Psychology with his end goal being an Orthopedic surgeon. Congratulations to these Mustangs; their future certainly looks bright!

For this article and all other Bishop McNamara High School news articles, go to BMHS News

Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934


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