Bates Middle gets grant

The College Board has awarded Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis a $5,000 Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. Bates became the county's first fully arts-integrated school, as well as a magnet school for the visual and performing arts, five years ago. The school's specific approach is designed to involve all students in the arts. The grant money will be used toward growth and continuation of the arts program, according to Anne Arundel County Public Schools officials.

Downing is Merit Scholar

Severna Park High School senior Julia Downing was recently awarded a National Merit Scholarship. In support of her studies in biomedical engineering, Downing will receive an award of $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years for undergraduate study at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Internship program

Anne Arundel Community College is seeking employers to participate in its internship program. Students get real-world experience and mentoring from leaders in business, industry, government and nonprofit agencies and organizations. For information, go to aacc.edu/foundation or aacc.edu/internships.

Nursing scholarships

Through 2014, three Anne Arundel Community College nursing students will receive $3,000 scholarships through a program set up by Johns Hopkins HealthCare. The scholarships will benefit county residents enrolled in the college's registered nursing associate's degree program who demonstrate financial need as established by the AACC financial aid office. Information: 410-777-2203 or aacc.edu/finaid.

Cybersecurity scholarship

Barrett and Anne McKown of Edgewater have established a $25,000 scholarship fund at Anne Arundel Community College to help offset tuition and educational expenses of county residents who enroll in cyber-related studies. The couple set up the Barrett and Anne McKown Scholarship for Cybersecurity Study to allow contributions from the community. Preference will go to U.S. citizens living in Anne Arundel who are attending a cybersecurity studies program, are enrolled full time and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. To apply: aacc.edu/aid/scholarships. Those interested in contributing to the fund or establishing scholarships can contact the AACC Foundation: 410-777-2515, foundation@aacc.edu or aacc.edu/foundation.

Digital award

Anne Arundel Community College's Bridge to Success program was recently named a winner in the community college category of the Digital Education Achievement Award. One of the aims of the program is to provide an introduction to subject matter and online learning for underserved populations, nontraditional students and those seeking higher education who are unsure of their readiness. Information: 410-777-1249.

Military-friendly

Anne Arundel Community College has been named to the Military-Friendly Schools list for the fourth straight year by Victory Media, a company specializing in military personnel's transition to civilian life. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Information: aacc.edu/militaryhttp://aacc.edu/military.