Since its inception, the Charlotte Hall Fellowship Program has given many of the brightest high school students in St. Mary's County an opportunity to explore the nature of a liberal arts education while beginning their collegiate studies. Named to commemorate the Charlotte Hall School (1776-1978), the first secondary school in Southern Maryland, the Program began in 1979 with the admission of two students from Great Mills High School. Since then, fellowships have been granted to over three hundred students from Chopticon, Great Mills, Leonardtown, and St. Mary's Ryken High Schools. Beginning in the fall of 2002, the Charlotte Hall Fellows Program was expanded to include applicants from King's Christian Academy and Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy, the remaining two schools in St. Mary's County that award high school diplomas.
Charlotte Hall Fellows are chosen competitively on the basis of excellent academic performance (as measured by academic record, SAT scores, written expression, and overall student excellence as indicated by references and leadership/service activities). Distribution of Fellows is relative to high school enrollment. Fellows must be entering their senior year of high school and minimally have 3.5 GPA, although the mean GPA of those granted fellowships is significantly higher.
Once admitted, Fellows are eligible to take up to four credits of coursework in the spring semester with tuition costs absorbed by the College. The Fellows are fully integrated into the academic life at St. Mary's with no distinction being made between them and other students new to the College. Fellows also may take advantage of collegiate extra-curricular activities if their high school schedules and outside responsibilities permit.
Ideally, becoming part of the St. Mary's College community will motivate the students chosen as Fellows to further develop their intellectual potential, thus enhancing their chances for academic success when they matriculate at the college of their choice.
The Charlotte Hall Fellows are part of the College's broader Concurrent Enrollment Program, which encourages qualified local high school students to enroll in St. Mary's offerings that complement courses available in their respective high schools.
For further information regarding this successful and innovative program, contact Dr. Ruth Feingold at 240-895-4388 or by email at email@example.com. The guidance counselor who serves as the Charlotte Hall Fellow representative in each high school will also have information and application materials in the spring preceding a student's anticipated enrollment.