Delegate Susan McComas’ office tells The Dagger that the Conroy scholarships, for the families of injured or fallen law enforcement officers and fire fighters as well as 9/11 victims who have fallen in the line of duty, will be fully funded.
On Monday, August 25, letters were mailed to all 40 applicants for the scholarship, who had been previously promised the financial assistance only to recently find out the state’s funding allocation for the program had run dry.
Lynne Parry, who broke the story of the underfunding of the scholarship on The Dagger earlier this month, received her letter today, Tuesday, August 26. After being told that there weren’t enough funds to provide the scholarship for her son, the child of the late Baltimore Police Detective Sergeant Mark F. Parry, Lynne was overjoyed to learn that the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) was fully funding the scholarship for her son and all the other families on the waiting list.
All 40 applicants will be reimbursed for tuition and fees for the fall 2008 semester. Based on the assumption that some applicants will cancel their applications by going out of state schools or not going to school at all, and the transfer of $130,000 from other non-need-based state scholarship funds, the money is now available to fully fund the state-mandated scholarship.
In a letter issued Tuesday, Del. J.B. Jennings described the process of procuring the scholarship funding for the Parry family and all the other families on the waiting list. He also summed up the entire situation of running out of state funding for the scholarships that were promised to the families of fallen officers as an “unfortunate and embarrassing occurrence” and “the State’s blunder.”