BALTIMORE (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley has restored funding to Maryland’s Distinguished Scholars fund, which had been canceled due to budget cuts.

O’Malley said in a statement Wednesday that he has ordered the Maryland Higher Education Commission to restore funding to 350 Maryland seniors who were counting on the $3,000 award to attend a Maryland college or university.

O’Malley says that while this year’s budget deficit presented unique challenges, it was never the administration’s intention to impact prior awards.

Seniors learned of the scholarship award in the fall, and most had to decide where they would attend college by the end of April.

But the education commission did not begin sending letters about the scholarship cuts until the end of last week.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (19)
  1. Can't Fix Stupid says:

    Yeah, but the State is giving those illegals college cuts! Why not cut the benefits and services for illegals from this State all together and save us all some money. They are nothing more then parasites!

    I hope everyone remembers this during election time!

  2. j says:

    O’Malley’s handlers are having him pander to the hispanic vote ahead of his presidential run, because that is where he sees himself in 8 years.

    1. Alexandra Brown says:

      Never in a million years fo I believe he will be President of the US!

    2. Sheila McGrath says:

      He has too many skeletons in his closet.

  3. baltimorelady617 says:

    fo=do sorry

  4. FRUSTRATED says:


  5. NO Sense says:

    Okay, so scholarships for best and brighest students are cut while people here illegally get discounted tuition. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense… NOT!

  6. O'Malley taketh away says:

    I agree with all of the commenters. The Aegis Harford County newspaper has an article about a young lady at C. Milton Wright High that has taken 11 Advanced Placement courses, has a perfect GPA, and is valedictorian of her class. She received a letter in the fall indicating she would get the $3k. The student was courted by many more prestigious out-of-state schools, but chose the University of Maryland because of the scholarship. She had to commit to U of Md by May 1st and did. On May 6th she is called into the guidance office and told “sorry, not happening”… This is wrong on so many levels.

  7. Debbie says:

    If this irritates you like it does me, sign the petition and let’s get this immigration bill overturned. O’Mally isn’t concerned with the citizens yet is catering to illegals
    It is time we send him a message.

  8. SicknTired of the Crying says:

    You are all wrong, the state is not giving tuition to away free to illegals. They pay what everyone else pays. The cost of tuition is outrageous as is everything else. The illegals are not entitled to grants and scholarships like everyone else, take your hatred somewhere else.

    1. G.A says:

      If they weren’t here illegally, I think we would all feel quite differently!!

    2. Can't Fix Stupid says:

      Don’t like it SicknTired? Then go home! You are not welcome here, nor are you wanted here. We are sickntired of supporting you!

  9. ME in Towson says:

    dont like in-state tuition for illegals? Go to – print the petition, get as many friends as you can (who are registered voters) to sign, and mail it. One page per county

    1. Sheila McGrath says:


  10. sheriff says:

    Translated, this means the little prick will just steal the money from the Bay foundation or the Transportation fund or one of several others, write an IOU & eventually we will pay the interest on the stolen replaced money….That’s why they call him OWE-Malley.

  11. Lisa says:

    WHO IS O’MALLEY??????????????????

  12. Debbie says:

    Hopefully it is restored not only for this year but for the future, legal students.. If we can afford to give benefits to ILLEGALS no MD legal student should have to suffer. Kudos to all who complained and made O’Malley rethink his strategy.

  13. Steve says:

    Typical Owe’Malley. He’s as clueless as the brain dead sheeple that voted for him. You got what you voted for.

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