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Five Baltimore City high school seniors surprised with full-tuition scholarships to McDaniel

Representatives from McDaniel College, Baltimore City Public Schools, and the CollegeBound Foundation surprised five Baltimore City high school seniors with full-tuition scholarships to attend McDaniel as part of the class of 2026. They each received a scholarship covering tuition for all four years at McDaniel, valued at more than $160,000.

Whittney Patterson and Anthony Pitogo

Jacqueline Williams, principal at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute; Marquise O’Neal with CollegeBound Foundation, and McDaniel College President Julia Jasken along with the Green Terror, surprised Baltimore Polytechnic Institute seniors Whittney Patterson and John "Anthony" Pitogo with full-tuition scholarships to McDaniel.

Five Baltimore City high school students were surprised April 4 by McDaniel College representatives, including President Julia Jasken and the Green Terror, with full-tuition scholarships to attend McDaniel as part of the incoming Class of 2026. Representatives from Baltimore City Public Schools and the CollegeBound Foundation were also in attendance for the announcements at each of the students' high schools—Green Street Academy, Coppin Academy, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE).

The full-tuition scholarships cover all four years at McDaniel and are each valued at more than $160,000.

Since 2008, McDaniel College has partnered with the CollegeBound Foundation to provide full-tuition scholarships to Baltimore City high school students. McDaniel’s Admissions Office annually interviews students from CollegeBound Foundation-staffed Baltimore City public high schools for the scholarship.

Jay Artis

Jay Artis Green Street Academy

Jay Artis, a senior at Green Street Academy, is valedictorian of her senior class, earning a 4.15 GPA. A leader at her high school, she serves as vice president of her senior class, class representative of the National Honor Society, editor of the yearbook, and a class ambassador. She was highlighted as a CollegeBound Foundation “Scholar of the Week.” Jay is committed to her community and is interested in going into the field of psychology to be a source of support to those struggling with their mental health.

Azzure Brooks

Azzure Brooks Coppin Academy

Azzure Brooks, a senior at Coppin Academy, has been focused on making the most out of his high school experience. He is ranked third in his class with a 3.8 GPA while completing six dual enrollment courses in his senior year. Azzure has participated in his school’s AVID and TRIO Upward Bound programs to prepare for college. He is also a four-year member of his high school’s basketball and track and field programs. In addition, he is a mentor to younger scouts, earning an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

Whittney Patterson

Whittney Patterson Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Whittney Patterson, a senior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, has been part of Polytechnic Institute’s Ingenuity Project since 6th grade. She has earned a 4.38 GPA in nearly all Honors/AP courses while serving as co-section leader for her school’s marching and concert band. She is also a member of the TRIO Upward Bound program. Whittney works part-time and is a dedicated big sister who wants to inspire her siblings by showing them that hard work pays off. Her counselor describes her as someone who wants to see those around her thrive and her teachers know that her dedication to hard work will help her achieve her goals. 

John Anthony Pitogo

John "Anthony" Pitogo Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

John "Anthony" Pitogo is a senior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, who came to the U.S. from the Philippines less than a decade ago. At Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, he has a 4.5 GPA and has taken a full Honors/AP curriculum. Anthony is a drill commander in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program and has participated in track and field, as well as the Chess Club. He is also active in his church and looks towards a career in the military to serve his community.

Kevin Quintanilla

Kevin Quintanilla Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE)

Kevin Quintanilla, a senior at ACCE, has completed his school’s most rigorous curriculum and is ranked second in his graduating class with a 4.15 GPA. In addition to his academic achievements, he works part-time, is active in his church, plays guitar and piano, and is part of Building STEPS (Science, Technology and Education Partnerships), which supports Baltimore City students looking to go into STEM careers. Kevin is a proud first-generation college student and a dedicated son and brother who does everything he can to support his family. He aspires to work in the health care field.