The 6th Annual Digiball on March 27th at Baltimore Museum of Industry

| February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

DHHS Alliance Release:


Community raises scholarship funds for graduating seniors

Digital_Harbor_Compass_400x400No High School Graduate should miss out on a college education because they can’t pay for it. Digiball makes its 6th Annual appearance Friday, March 27th at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 7-11pm. The Ball, hosted by the DHHS Alliance, will include a Food Buffet, Open Bar and live music by The Kelly Bell Band. It will be a showcase for the remarkable Digital Harbor High School and its students. The Honorary Chairperson is Dr. Gregory Thornton, CEO of BCPSS Schools.

It’s a fund-raiser, but for all the right reasons. All money raised from admissions ($75 per ticket, $50 tax-deductible) and other activities (including an amazing silent auction) goes to college scholarships. The bottom-line on scholarships, according to Jonnie-Kay McLean, vice president of the Digital Harbor High School Alliance: $258,000 in five years. And the 88 scholarship recipients have had a 98 percent college retention rate. Much of the scholarship money has been used to “bridge the gap” between grants and loans and the real (and alarmingly increasing) cost of attending college.

Who received the scholarships? For one, Ashley McClure, a 2008 DHHS graduate, who is now in medical school and a Meyerhoff Scholar. “The Digiball scholarship helped fill in the gaps,” she said, “and it meant so much to me and others who came behind.” She is one of a family of eight.  Or Timothy Bowen, self-described as a “South Baltimore boy with an attitude,” graduated from College Park.

But the Digiball has community benefits as well. Members of the South Baltimore Peninsula voluntarily partner with Digital Harbor staff to provide time and money to help students. They’re encouraged by the energy of the Digiball. Dr. Andrea Bowden, Assistant Principal of Digital, says “It is a true partnership between faculty and staff of Digital Harbor and the South Baltimore community.”

The DHHS Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed by South Baltimore community residents to partner with our local public high school (Digital Harbor High School) to produce an always better product of qualified, motivated young people preparing for professional careers. In our first five years we have created many unique links to the community. To learn more visit, or call us at 410-218-2126.

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