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Date: June 1, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Employee Named Maryland’s Outstanding College Admissions Counselor of Year
Maria Davidson Honored by Potomac and Chesapeake Association of Admissions Counselors

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Maria Davidson

Maria Davidson, an admissions counselor at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, was named Maryland’s Outstanding College Admissions Counselor of the Year by the Potomac and Chesapeake Association of Admissions Counselors. This is the first time the organization has recognized a community college admissions counselor. 

“Maria Davidson is a tremendous asset to the College,” said Sherman Helberg, Montgomery College’s director of admissions and enrollment, who nominated Davidson.  “She has personally and professionally enhanced the image of the College in the community.” 

Davidson, who lives in Germantown, has spent almost 10 years in the admissions field, seven of them at Montgomery College, where she develops and manages recruitment efforts for the Montgomery Scholars Program. This selective program for high school graduates features a rigorous curriculum of honors courses; specially designed, team-taught interdisciplinary classes; and summer study at the University of Cambridge, in England.

In addition, Davidson coordinates the Board of Trustees scholarship program, a competitive one-year scholarship for high schools graduates that covers the full-time cost of Montgomery College tuition and fees.

Both positions require her to do strategic and tactical planning, develop publications, direct prospect and applicant response, prepare applications, and serve as a member of the respective selection and award committees. 

“I’m a product of Montgomery County,” said Davidson. “Being able to work here lets me give back to the community. It has opened my eyes to the community college, and the opportunities we provide. It helps me to see I’m making a difference.”

Davidson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Princeton University and a Master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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