Ruby Sprehe
Baltimore College Promise recipient

Where did you go to high school and when did you graduate?
I graduated from Towson High School in 2017.

When did you enroll at CCBC?
I enrolled at CCBC in the fall of 2017 – directly out of high school. However, I did take the ACDV class during the spring semester of my senior year in high school.

What made you choose CCBC?
I decided to go to CCBC because my sister went there and it helped her a lot. CCBC gave my sister a great opportunity to start her college education and I thought it would be a great place for me to start too.

How did you learn about the Baltimore County College Promise scholarship?
I learned about the College Promise Program through the emails I received. I shared it with my parents and they thought it was a good opportunity and they encouraged me to apply. I also received a phone call. The person on the phone did a really great job of explaining the scholarship to me. CCBC has a really good marketing team.

Did you receive the scholarship when you first enrolled or after you had already been enrolled at the college?
I did not receive the Baltimore County College Promise Scholarship my first semester because I didn’t know about it. But CCBC did make my award retroactive so that was great!

Did knowing the College Promise scholarship was available to you make college a little less stressful and if so how?
The College Promise scholarship helped me get through my classes without worrying about the financial struggle of paying for college. Normally there are out-of-pocket costs, even when you receive financial aid and scholarships. That is what happened to me. Having the College Promise Scholarship helped eased my parent’s financial burden.

Would you encourage others to apply for the College Promise scholarship and if so, why?
Absolutely! The College Promise scholarship pays for out-of-pocket costs not covered by financial aid. Financial struggles associated with tuition are eliminated with this scholarship. For me, it allowed my parents to save money to continue my education at a four-year university.

What’s next for you?
I will be attending Towson University in the fall enrolled in the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, BioInfomatics program. My career aspirations are to become a Registered Dietician Nutritionist.

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