Sean Moran, a history teacher at South Carroll High School, has been recognized in the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars program. He served as a teacher mentor for Steven Ioannidis, a South Carroll alumnus and University of Maryland senior who was named a Presidential Scholar in the Robert H. Smith School of Business for Supply Chain Management.

The Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars program recognizes seniors for their accomplishments, prestigious internships, and impressive GPAs. It also honors faculty and K-12 teachers who helped mentor them. All of this year’s 19 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars credit their grade school and high school teachers and UMD faculty who helped guide, inspire, coach, tutor, and challenge them in both big and small ways.

“Programs like these are critical to our students’ success,” said UMD President Darryll J. Pines. “They celebrate invaluable mentorship that will have a long lasting impact on the lives of our students, while on campus and beyond. We are incredibly grateful for the individuals who have been instrumental to our students’ progress during their academic journeys.”

The late Philip Merrill, friend of the University and long-time Washington area publisher, created the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program in 2004 to build a community of scholars, faculty members and K-12 teachers who recognize the importance of teaching and mentoring the next generation. The Scholars are selected by the academic colleges and schools with undergraduate major programs. The program provides $1,000 scholarships, which are awarded in the K-12 teacher’s name to another student from that school district who will attend UMD in the fall of 2022.



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