News Release, St. Mary’s County METCOM

On May 14, 2019 the Business, Education and Community Alliance (BECA) held its 2019 Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Over $201,000 in scholarships were presented by over 50 scholarship providers. BECA, a local non-profit organization was founded in 1989 jointly by the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce and Superintendent of Schools. BECA’s mission is to bring together businesses, community organizations and individuals to improve student success.

Since 2007, approximately $3.5 million in local scholarships have been awarded through this program. George Erichsen, the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Commission stated; “With the rising costs of colleges and trade schools, it is becoming more vital than ever for students to seek out scholarship funding, no matter how small the amount. If you’re preparing to enter the workforce, listing one or more scholarship awards on your resume can set you apart for other candidates and make you more appealing to prospective employers.”

Image courtesy of Bob Schaller

MetCom proudly announces its participation in the BECA program and has introduced a Scholarship for the Children and Grandchildren of MetCom Employees. Awarded for the first time at this year’s ceremony, this scholarship is funded through the generous donation of Keith Fairfax, Metropolitan Commissioner, Eighth Election District. Dawn Lopez accepted the award from Fairfax on behalf of her daughter, Alyssa Fox. Fox, a freshman enrolled at the University of Maryland studying Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations, was unable to attend the event due to final exams.

The scholarship is independently administered through BECA and no customer/rate payer’s monies will be utilized to establish or supplement the scholarship.

The scholarship consists of a total award of $2,500, shared among up to five applicants, not less than $500 per applicant. Eligible applicants include high school seniors, high school graduates or current college students who are children, step children or grandchildren of Metropolitan Commission employees, who have earned a minimum 2.5 cumulative high school or college grade point average and plan to enroll full time in an accredited college or an accredited vocational training program. For more information on this and other scholarship programs, please visit

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