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History of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Bowie State University National Alumni Association, Inc.

The first meeting of the Montgomery County Chapter was held at Sandy Spring Elementary School on April 9, 1957.

It was attended by graduates of Bowie State College (now Bowie State University) who were employed at the Sandy Spring Elementary School and other schools in Montgomery County. During this meeting, there was an election of officers and committees were formed to develop programs; promote communications; increase membership and establish a constitution. In the early years of the Montgomery County Chapter, members raised funds by sponsoring dances; raffles; and musical programs.


The Montgomery County Chapter had a successful beginning and continued to evolve as the scholarship committee was formed in 1961. Subsequently, the first scholarship was awarded to a deserving student attending Bowie State College in 1963. Over the years, the Montgomery County Chapter provided support to many students attending Bowie State University by accepting donations and sponsoring annual fundraisers (fish fry from 1982-1996 and dinner dance from 1998-2019) to award scholarships and render financial assistance.


The Montgomery County Chapter has also supported Bowie State University by making donations for the Goodloe House, Men’s Basketball Program, National Association Alumni Office, 1865 Society, Dorothy Holland Fund, Women’s Bowling Team, and Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month. The chapter worked with the Bowie State University Foundation to establish and provide initial funding for an endowed athletic scholarship in honor of James “Barney” Waters and an endowment scholarship for the Montgomery County Chapter. In addition, the Montgomery County Chapter has participated in various Bowie State University activities such as Founder’s Day; new campus building dedications; lectures; student recruitment events; and Homecoming programs. The chapter has also supported fundraisers for other alumni chapters.


The current President of the Montgomery County Chapter is Henry L. Williams, Sr. Past chapter presidents were Lillian Brown, Allison Claggett, John Hamlett, Robert Lennon, James “Barney” Waters, Jean Wicks, and Margaret Williams.


To provide scholarships to deserving Montgomery County Public School students who wish to continue their education at Bowie State University.

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