For 6th-to-10th Graders on Maryland's Eastern Shore: A Jump on a Successful College Path

University System of Maryland's Way2GoMaryland Campaign to Hold Event at Chesapeake College, Saturday, December 5


Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 3, 2009) - Way2GoMaryland, the University System of Maryland's (USM) campaign to encourage students and their families to begin preparing for college early, will hold an informational event Saturday, December 5, for 6th-through-10th-graders enrolled in schools and home-schooled on Maryland's Eastern Shore. A parent or guardian is asked to accompany their child or children throughout the free event at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. 

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. The formal program, including a question-and-answer panel with USM students regarding their own paths to college, will start at 10 a.m. Also joining the panel to answer questions from the audience is an admissions expert from a USM university.

Immediately following the formal session, participants will move to the Caroline College Center on the campus for a college fair featuring admissions representatives from USM universities, the financial aid office of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, and the College Savings Plans of Maryland.

Attendees will be eligible to win door prizes and all will receive a free lunch, available until roughly 12:30 p.m.

Way2GoMaryland  is part of USM Chancellor William E.  Kirwan's Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative, an aggressive effort to help ensure more students are prepared for college and successful in completing their undergraduate education. An early start on the path to college can help students:

  • pursue the right mix of secondary school coursework and be successful;
  • prepare for the college search and application process;
  • gain access to adequate financial aid;
  • complete undergraduate degrees successfully and prepare to enter the workforce and/or pursue graduate and professional studies.

ATK, a premier aerospace and defense company, is the campaign's lead sponsor. ATK has committed $210,000 in financial and in-kind support for the campaign over three years.

Parents and guardians are asked to pre-register their child or children for the Way2GoMaryland event before Dec. 3. Details regarding online and mail-in registration can be found at For more information, students and families can email or call 301.445.2756.

For driving directions to Chesapeake College's Wye Mills campus, please see:

Contact: Mike Lurie
Phone: 301.445.2719