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Westat, the Rockville-based professional services corporation, has made a 10-year commitment to the Montgomery College Foundation in support of the Presidential Scholars Program. 

In a pivotal moment – politically, socially, culturally, and economically – Westat and Montgomery College are amplifying efforts to address the achievement gap of African American men in our society. The Presidential Scholars Program, which is open to all students, assembles a concentration of ambitious and diverse students in a tight-knit learning community, providing all participants with the support, inspiration, and encouragement needed to achieve their full potential. 

Students in the program will be those who can most benefit from a structured approach to financial, academic, student, and mentoring support to spur completion of a college degree or certification.  

Dr. Scott Royal, president and CEO of Westat, runs an employee-owned company dedicated to improving lives through research. Westat provides innovative professional services that help clients improve outcomes in health, education, social policy, and transportation. Dr. Royal believes that with thoughtful support and action, we can build a society where everyone can realize their full potential. 

Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, believes that radical inclusion is a moral imperative in a just society. Both leaders share a commitment to increasing the representation of men of color in high workforce need areas. The Presidential Scholars Program provides financial aid support, academic support, student support services, and internal and external mentors to any students who reflect this commitment. 

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