What is the Next Generation Scholars Program?

Next Generation Scholars (NGS) is a state grant program established by Maryland House Bill 1403 (2016) that provides funding for college access through nonprofit organizations to enhance college and career awareness and college completion for low-income Maryland high school students. The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) has been awarded three grants by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to work in Allegany, Caroline, and Wicomico counties.

MBRT’s implementation is designed to offer essential college and career ready services to students who currently qualify for the Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant at the following schools: Washington Middle and Fort Hill High in Allegany County; Lockerman Middle, Colonel Richardson Middle, North Caroline High and Colonel Richardson High in Caroline County; and Wicomico Middle and Wicomico High in Wicomico County.

MBRT services will support qualifying students by helping: to determine career interests; creating awareness of how high school preparation, college coursework completion and career goals connect; and offering exposure to career pathways through workforce volunteer learning engagements.

What is a Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant?

The Howard P. Rawlings Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant is available to any Maryland high school senior whose annual total family income is below 130 percent of the Federal poverty level. Awards are made by the total family income and high school grade point average. The grant value for attendance at Maryland independent colleges and universities is equivalent to the cost of tuition, fees, room and board at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Grant recipients must: be legal residents of Maryland, begin college within one year of completing high school, have successfully completed a college preparatory program and achieved an unweighted grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be accepted for admission as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester) in one of the eligible degree-granting institutions in the State of Maryland.

To be considered for a Guaranteed Access Grant, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

MBRT Next Generation Scholars Courses

  • 4 CREDITS OF MATH (inculding Alegbra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)
  • 3 CREDITS OF LAB SCIENCE (Biology, Chemistry, Physics**)
  • 3 CREDITS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (U.S. History, World History, Government)

Students must attain a 2.5 GPA to qualify
Courses in bold are beyond state graduation requirements
**A 3rd lab science may be substituted for Physics

Our model

In partnership with school leadership and guidance counselors, MBRT Next Generation Scholars Coordinators in Allegany, Caroline and Wicomico counties help raise awareness about Next Generation Scholars and the qualifications students must meet to remain eligible to receive the Guaranteed Access Grant.  As students progress from middle to high school,  MBRT will provide grade-specific services to help ensure Next Generation Scholars graduate ready for their next steps in college, careers, and life.

Explore – a time of discovery for 7th and 8th grade students. By leveraging personality and interest tools, students will begin to understand their own unique career interests, meet industry professionals through hands-on learning activities, and begin to create a vision for their future.
Engage – an opportunity for 9th grade students to participate in learning experiences that demonstrate real world application of content and skills. Building on the foundation of Explore, students are able to gain a deeper understanding of career pathways that interest them to develop a plan of action.
Execute – a time of action for 10th and 11th grade students. Program activities have been developed to help students continue their development and achieve their career goals. Activities include job shadowing, college setting exposures, individually customized graduation plans, and other opportunities as identified.
Elevate – 12th grade students enter their final year of high school and support will be needed to guide them through the steps to get them ready for college.  Our program will help them to: learn about the college admission process; apply for financial aid; and touch on different college majors and more, because accurate information is key to their success.

Where can I take advantage of these services?

If you are a parent or student at one of the following Next Generation Scholars identified schools and interested in participating in the program, please email MBRT by clicking on your school district to receive more information about the program.

Allegany County Public Schools

  • Washington Middle
  • Fort Hill High

Caroline County Public Schools

  • Lockerman Middle
  • Colonel Richardson Middle
  • Colonel Richardson High
  • North Caroline High



Dorchester County Public Schools (2018 expansion, pending approval)

  • Mace’s Lane Middle
  • Cambridge-South Dorchester High

Kent County Public Schools (2018 expansion, pending approval)

  • Kent County Middle
  • Kent County High

Wicomico County Public Schools

  • Wicomico Middle
  • Wicomico High

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Meet the Coordinators

Carrie Pannone Allegany County Carrie Pannone is the Next Generation Scholar program coordinator for Washington Middle School and Fort Hill High School in Allegany County.

Prior to joining MBRT, Pannone was employed with Allegany County Public Schools as a substitute teacher and most recently worked for the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. She earned an associate’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the Allegany College of Maryland.

Pannone brings a wealth of experience as a parent of two children who graduated from Washington Middle and Fort Hill High. She is also a trained member of the MBRT Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau, which allows her to visit classrooms to bring students the message that achievement in school will pay off in college, the workplace and in life. Pannone is active in her church, volunteers throughout the community and serves as a community ambassador for K-LOVE Radio.

A first-generation college graduate from a single-income family, Pannone’s experience mirrors many of the Next Generation Scholars who are navigating the college process. She believes her experience and expertise can help guide students toward a successful future beyond high school graduation.

Pannone resides in Cumberland, Maryland, with her husband Michael.

Morgan Cox is the Next Generation Scholar program coordinator for Colonel Richardson Middle and High Schools, Lockerman Middle School and North Caroline High School.

The daughter of two educators who have spent a majority of their teaching careers in Caroline County Public Schools, Cox grew up attending Lockerman Middle and North Caroline High Schools. She earned a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in journalism from Randolph-Macon College.

While working at The Dominion Club in Virginia, she created educational sessions for members’ children and also planned and oversaw events for United Network for Organ Sharing, and Relay for Life.

More recently, Cox worked at Easton-based Inquiries, Inc. and Choptank Transport in Preston, but left to find a more fulfilling position to impact today’s youth. She believes her role is to help shape the successful futures students are imagining for themselves, whether they choose college, trade school or a career.

Cox resides in Denton, Maryland, with her husband Joseph.

Lisa Beyer is the Next Generation Scholar program coordinator for Mace’s Lane Middle School and Cambridge-South Dorchester High School in Dorchester County.

Beyer earned her MA in Geography from the University of South Florida and an MA in Interdisciplinary Archaeological Studies from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BA in Psychology and Communications from Western Michigan University.

Beyer brings with her extensive experience in the field of education. Previously, she worked as admissions assistant at the Graduate School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While completing her master’s degree in Florida, Beyer was a teaching assistant and taught academic English writing skills to both undergraduate and foreign students at the college level.

As a research graduate student in Florida, Beyer worked with noted USF educator Dr. Kathryn Borman on several grants for the U.S. Department of Education implementing studies to assess and improve STEM teaching practices of elementary school teachers. Beyer also partnered with Dr. Borman and Dr. Karla Davis-Salazar on a National Science Foundation Grant proposal that was designed to improve science education practices of high school science teachers in Florida’s Hillsborough County School District.

In addition, Beyer conceived, developed and presented “Archaeology for Kids,” a public archaeology outreach program bringing immersive learning experiences to 600 elementary school children in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties, Florida, and plans to present it to Next Generation Scholars in Maryland.

She believes learning is a lifelong journey, and it’s important for students to have the tools to successfully work out problems they face, be open to learning, be curious about the world and feel confident they can succeed.

Beyer lives in Annapolis.

Aundra Anderson is the Next Generation Scholar program coordinator for Kent County Middle and High Schools.

Anderson has nearly a decade of experience in education. After earning her BA in American Studies from Washington College in 2008, she remained at the Chestertown institution working in the Office of Admissions. As assistant to the associate director of admissions and later as director of admissions communications, Anderson helped prospective students and families learn more about the college search and admissions process. During her nine-year tenure, she managed the admissions communications plans; developed and implemented a strategy for regional recruitment in new markets; visited high schools across the country, attended college fairs as a Washington College representative; and conducted individual and small group interviews with prospective students.

A certified group fitness instructor, Anderson has been teaching classes around Chestertown since 2009 with the intention of leading and inspiring others to achieve their fitness and wellness goals. In addition, Anderson served as coordinator of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival Street Party from 2014-2017.

Anderson resides in Chestertown, Maryland, with her husband John.

Adel Boyd is the Next Generation Scholar program coordinator for Wicomico Middle and High Schools.

Boyd is a certified School Counselor specializing in at-risk students from elementary to high school. Prior to joining MBRT, she served students as a long-term counselor substitute in Delmar, North Laurel and Northwestern Elementary Schools; Bennett Middle School; and Wicomico High School. Boyd earned her MSEd in School Counseling from Wilmington University and a BA in Human Communications from Salisbury University. Boyd is also a Certified Nursing Assistant and holds a Pharmacy Technician License.

Boyd believes in supporting students to achieve success. From personal experience as an adolescent, she understands the importance of early preparation for college.

Boyd resides in Salisbury, Maryland, with her husband Paul.

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