New AT&T Public Safety Scholarships available to Community College of Baltimore County students

Sep 09, 2022 | by Lisa Harlow | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.610.3246 (cell)

AT&T Public Safety Scholarships are available to eligible students enrolled in Community College of Baltimore County’s (CCBC) Criminal Justice program. The AT&T Public Safety Scholarship provides much needed financial support for police officers already in the field and newly graduated recruits seeking additional credits to obtain an associate degree and a promotion.

The new scholarships, which are made possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation, were announced today during a special event at CCBC Dundalk, featuring college leadership; county and state officials; scholarship recipients; and representatives from AT&T.

The AT&T Public Safety Scholarship enables CCBC to provide financial assistance of up to $750 to offset costs for tuition, fees, books and other related expenses for students enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Studies program at CCBC. Over the course of a two- to three-year period, this scholarship will benefit a minimum of 65 students.

“We are grateful to AT&T for this generous grant to benefit our first responders,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “CCBC is proud to be able to assist with the educational journey of those who serve and protect our community.”

CCBC has academic partnerships with several police academies in Maryland, including Baltimore County Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Students earn college credits while attending these academies and completing their Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions mandated objectives. Recruits earn a certificate in Criminal Justice Studies and complete 40 to 57 credits, all of which can be applied toward an associate degree.

“At AT&T, we’ve been given the responsibility of building out the FirstNet® wireless broadband network built specifically for public safety in Maryland and across the United States,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Maryland. “We also want to do what we can to help inspire and prepare the next generation of first responders in Maryland, which is why we created the AT&T Public Safety Scholarship at CCBC. Congratulations to the first group of recipients and thank you for your commitment to your communities.”

Officer A. K. Staines with Baltimore County Police Towson Precinct 6 was one of the first scholarship recipients for the Fall 2022 semester.

“I am sincerely honored to have been selected as a recipient for the AT&T Public Safety Scholarship,” said Staines. “This allowed me to work less overtime hours so I can focus on my schoolwork. Thank you for your support of CCBC students.”

For more information about the scholarship, including eligibility requirements, contact Melissa McDermott Lane, Criminal Justice Studies Department Chair at

For more information about AT&T in Maryland, visit

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