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Montgomery Colleges Students to Serve on the Carl M. Freeman Foundation’s FACES Advisory Board Two Macklin Business Institute Honors Students to Help Review Microgrant Proposals

Two students enrolled in the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute honors program at Montgomery College have joined the FACES (Freeman Assists Community with Extra Support) Advisory Board of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. FACES is a microgrant program created to support small, nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Montgomery College students Brandon Quinones and Lisa Poole will both serve two-year terms, beginning November 2010. They are first-year students at the College and residents of Montgomery County. Mr. Quinones is a graduate of Covenant Life High School and Ms. Poole is a graduate of Magruder High School.

“We are honored that the Carl M. Freeman Foundation invited Brandon and Lisa to participate in this special initiative helping small nonprofits serve those in need in our community,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “The Macklin Business Institute honors program prepares students to be future leaders and serving on the FACES Advisory Board will be a rich learning experience for them.”

The FACES initiative provides grants in the amounts of $2,500 to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations with annual budgets less than $750,000. The total amounts awarded for 2010 will be $40,000 and recipients will be announced in early December.

“College students bring a unique and important perspective to reviewing grant proposals in terms of meeting the needs of the community,” said Michelle DiFebo Freeman, president and chairman of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. “This is a great experience for students who are involved in the community and enjoying building their leadership skills.”

The Macklin Business Institute honors program provides a business honors education to Montgomery College’s top business students. Founded in 1999, more than 150 students have graduated from the program and transferred to some of the country’s top four-year universities, including Columbia University, New York University, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. For more information about the Macklin Business Institute at Montgomery College, contact Stephen Lang at 240-567-1707 or visit

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation is a grant-making organization that provides funding and capacity-building support to nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the Carl M. Freeman Companies. Please explore the Foundation’s Web site at to learn more about grant opportunities and activities.

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