Michael Rowley, a Westlake High School senior, was recently selected for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is open to high-achieving high school seniors who have an interest in pursuing doctoral study in science or engineering, and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in science and related fields. Rowley will begin his studies at UMBC in the fall and plans to major in Biology.
Students must be nominated for the program and scholarship awards range from $5,000 to $22,000 per year for four years. Rowley was nominated for the program by Gail Stone, the college and career advisor at Westlake, for his high academic achievement. He has earned the principal’s honor roll since he was a sixth-grade student and is enrolled in several Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Rowley scored above an 1800 on the SAT exam and is in the top five percent of the senior class.
He is also a member of the National Honor Society, It’s Academic team, math team, Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Achievement (MESA) team, and participates on the golf and swim teams at Westlake. For his achievements, Rowley was recognized by the Board of Education at their April meeting as this school year’s exemplary student from Westlake in the area of academic achievement.
In addition to his academic achievements, Rowley recently organized a peer tutoring program for AP classes and also volunteers at the Charles County Humane Society. The Meyerhoff Scholars Program includes more than 1,200 participants, ranging in about 800 nationwide alumni and 290 students enrolled at UMBC. Nearly 300 graduates are currently pursuing graduate and professional degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
For more information on the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, visit www.umbc.edu/Programs/Meyerhoff/index.html