Educational Institutions

Southern Maryland College Access Network, Inc.

  • Sunderland, MD
  • www.somdcan.org

Mission Statement

SoMD CAN, incorporated in 2006, was founded in resonse to an RFP from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in 2005 to provide services to students who are underserved in the public school systems. SoMD CAN works in the tri-county region known as Southern Maryland, where we currently have permanent programs in four high schools. We serve students who fit the selection criteria of first-generation college bound, low-income, and/or minority students with a 2.5 GPA or higher. We also accept students who "self-select", creating quite a diverse and interesting cohort of student participants. Our community outreach, in the way of Financial Aid Seminars and Workshops reach approximately 1,300 individuals. The SoMD CAN program is available to approximately 700 students yearly, with 30% of those students utilizing the program's services on a weekly basis. SoMD CAN's first full year of providing assistance to these students resulted in 93% of our participants being accepted to an institution of higher education.

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ruling year

2006

Principal Officer

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Sonia K Wagner

Keywords

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SoMD CAN, College Access, Access programs, Education, youth development,

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Also Known As

SoMD CAN

EIN

11-3776089

 Number

3887133349

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Educate*Motivate*Engage are the tags SoMD CAN uses to describe our progams. Operating programs included in "educate" are college application assistance, enrollment/housing assistance, Financial Aid Counseling, FAFSA assistance, Scholarship application assistance, education major search/selection assistance. Operating programs included in "motivate" are: career search/selection, college search/selection, SAT/ACT registration, Core Curriculum/Rigorous coursework selection, Scholarship search/selection. Operating programs included in "engage" are: College Fair visits, College campus visits, Workplace internships/shadowing, Financial Aid Nights, FAFSA Workshops, Financing Seminars.

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Southern Maryland College Access Network, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Sonia K Wagner

BIO

Sonia K. Wagner, Executive Director and co-founder of SoMD CAN, envisions a program where access to college and higher education is accessible to all students who are capable and have a desire to pursue that path. Mrs. Wagner graduated from Nicholls State University in 1986, after seven years of struggling to finance her own education. Mrs. Wagner's years in the banking industry at Hibernia National Bank in New Orleans opened the door to the position of Financial Aid Director at a Boston higher education institution. From there, her travels through the Financial Aid field lead her to realize that being a part of the public community was her calling. After developing a successful, home-grown organization that was implemented in the Calvert County public schools, she was approached to help organize and develop Southern Maryland College Access Network (SoMD CAN). The use of the acronym CAN is indicative of the inspiration and leadership she brings to this community non-profit organization. Today, Mrs. Wagner not only runs a well-organized and financially efficient non-profit, but also relishes the privilege of being guest speaker at over 20 or so Financial Aid events across the tri-county region.

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