Over the past 10 years, the Fort Meade Alliance’s (FMA) student programs have provided more than 5,000 students with hands-on exposure to STEM-related career opportunities from several prominent businesses, federal agencies and colleges in the region. These programs draw students from across the state, including those from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Prince George’s Counties.
Project SCOPE (Security Clearance Overview and Preparation Education) helps future and current workforce understand, navigate and master the clearance process in order to ensure a strong pool for positions requiring clearance. The project, which debuted in 2009, includes education for high school students, adults in college and/or the workforce and members of the military transitioning to civilian careers. The Project SCOPE website, www.project-scope.org, provides tailored information critical to understanding and preparing for the security clearance process.
Comprised of two separate components — STEM Core Bridges and STEM Core College — this program advances remedial students to mathematical proficiency at an accelerated rate.
STEMOVATION supports juniors and seniors in the STEM and Bio-Medical Allied Health (BMAH) Magnet programs at AACPS. Each year, juniors in these programs complete a Community Challenge project, usually in pairs or teams. Often, these Community Challenges launch students’ senior Capstone Projects, which are heavily weighted in their grade average. There are always a handful of exceptional projects that need additional support outside of the district’s means, either through funding or direct mentorship from an industry professional.
Each year, the Fort Meade Alliance (FMA) and the FMA Foundation select a student to receive the Kenneth O. McCreedy Scholarship. The scholarship assists Meade High School students who plan to pursue higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or linguistics. Applicants must be outstanding, well-rounded graduating high school seniors. The scholarship, which awards up to $4,000 for a bachelor’s degree program or up to $2,000 for an associate’s degree program, recognizes students for their past achievements and aids them in accomplishing their career goals. Winners include:
2020 – Nathan Sucgang
2019 – Jonathan Bamgbade, Georgia Institute of Technology and Malik Gale, West Virginia University; 2017 – Sara Herry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; 2016 – Jazzlynn Bender, Bowie State University; 2015 – Emily Hernandez-Ortiz, University of Maryland, College Park; 2014 – Jada Davis, West Virginia University; 2013 – Kierra Harrison, Capitol College; 2012 – Christopher Patrick Walker, Capitol College
The Fort Meade Alliance (FMA), in partnership with public, private and governmental organizations, seeks to expand existing initiatives and create new programs dedicated to ensuring students, members of the workforce and transitioning military have the skills and experience needed to fill open positions in the computer science and information technology (CS/IT) fields.
The Fort Meade Alliance participates in several existing initiatives and programs by providing guidance, identifying mentors and facilitators, staffing advisory boards and facilitating connections between educators, students, transitioning military and industry leaders. These programs include Girls Who Code, STEMovation, Ripken Foundation, STEM Centers, Military Corps Career Connect (MC3), AACPS STEAM Engine Grant Program, Education and Resiliency Center, Tapestry Grant and Meade Cyber Lab.