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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Awards More Than $4,500 in Montgomery College Scholarships



The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce has awarded more than $4,500 in scholarships to students attending Montgomery College, through the Chamber’s Montgomery College Scholarship Program.

The Chamber Scholarship provides financial assistance to Montgomery College students pursuing higher education. Each year, with the help of its donors, the Chamber awards students Montgomery College Scholarships at its Annual Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony held at the Hilton Gaithersburg earlier this month.

“The Chamber is proud of our Montgomery College Scholarship Program. No other investment yields as great a return as the investment in education. At the Chamber, we know that our local economy relies on an educated workforce. To date we have raised roughly $180,000 & awarded 96 scholarships to current students and established an endowment for future students,” said Marilyn Balcombe, President/CEO, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber.

Balcombe credited the Chamber’s leadership for the past year, saying that the three scholarships could not have realized it without the leadership of Jim Muir, Vice President at Hughes Network Systems. Muir, along with Margaret Latimer, Vice President and Provost, of Montgomery College Germantown Campus, took the stage at the Hilton Gaithersburg to award three scholarships.


The Chamber awarded $4,786 in scholarships to three Montgomery College students, with different majors– computer engineering, bioengineering & computer science.

“On behalf of the GGCC, we would like to thank all of the companies and individual contributors that support the foundation,” Muir said. “We could not make this happen without you. Doug Wrenn, a past chair of the Chamber and most recently the outgoing Chair of the PICMC Foundation would say – If you want to go Fast go Alone – If you want to go far go together. The evolution and journey of the Chamber Scholarship has been one of togetherness. It has been a collective effort and a testament that you can go fast and far with the right team.”