Baltimore-based Foundation honors McDaniel for admissions counseling

July 29, 2010

McDaniel College alumna Gina King and incoming freshman Jamaal Barnes were recognized by the CollegeBound Foundation at its 22nd Annual Scholars’ Luncheon held July 28 in Baltimore. Gina King who served as director of Admissions was named the College Admissions Officer of the Year and Jamaal, a graduate of Digital Harbor High School, was the CollegeBound Scholar of the Year.

“We've been working with the CollegeBound Foundation for three years, and it is incredibly rewarding to see McDaniel be recognized with both the Scholar of the Year and the Admission Officer of the Year all in one day,” said Florence Hines, vice president of Enrollment Management and dean of Admissions.

“CollegeBound is making a real difference in the Baltimore City schools, and it’s a privilege to be their partner in providing college access.”

For two decades, CollegeBound Foundation has experienced success with its mission to encourage and enable disadvantaged Baltimore City public high school students to go to college. The broader goal is to prepare them to be members of the workforce and to contribute to the strengthening of the social and economic fabric of Baltimore.

A $200,000 grant from The Jessie Ball duPont Fund and a $500,000 France-Merrick Foundation challenge grant fuel McDaniel’s ability to provide scholarships for Baltimore City students with financial need. Twelve students from the CollegeBound program are currently enrolled at McDaniel and six more will join them next month as members of the Class of 2014.

A 2001 graduate of McDaniel College, King served eight years on the Admissions staff, the last four as Director. She also earned a master’s degree in Liberal Arts at McDaniel in 2007. She will continue her professional career next month as co-director of College Counseling at Cristo Ray Jesuit High School in Baltimore.

“I have been blessed to work for an institution [McDaniel] that puts resources where its promises are,” said King. “Working with the CollegeBound students in Baltimore City has been a very rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. I love CollegeBound; the students, the CAPS, and their mission. Receiving this award means so much to me because it is recognition from a group of people I respect and admire.”

In addition to serving on every advocacy and school board at Digital Harbor, Jamaal was president of the school’s SGA, the lead networker of the Robotics Team, and a member of the National Honor Society. He also earned over 300 community service hours helping to raise funds and clean up his neighborhood.

To learn more, contact the Admissions office at 410-857-2230.