December Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to share with you updates from the past month.

Elijah E. Cummings
Member of Congress

In the District

Max Hollis and Jeff Yang demonstrate their winning app to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings. 

On December 17, I named Mr. Max Hollis and Mr. Jeff Yang the winners of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. The application created by Mr. Hollis and Mr. Yang, both freshman at Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville, informs people of the atmospheric conditions in their communities to increases public awareness about the impact of pollution. The App Challenge was open to middle and high school students and is designed to promote innovation and engagement in coding, computer science, and STEM.

If you are interested in participating in next year’s App Challenge, please contact my office at (410) 685-9199.


Congressman Elijah E. Cummings introduces a financial aid panel at the 22nd annual How to Pay for College Seminar. 

On December 3, I hosted my 22nd annual How to Pay for College Seminar. High school students and their parents were invited to learn about the educational opportunities and financial assistance available to enable the students to attain a college education. Seminar attendees learned about college academic programs, federal and state financial aid programs, private scholarships, SAT preparation, and the college admissions process. Representatives from community and state colleges, public and private universities, and scholarship organizations were on hand to answer questions.

If you missed this event, but are looking for information about how to pay for college, please contact my office at (410) 685-9199. Or, you can review my scholarship guide


In Washington

On November 30, I joined Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood and former Baltimore City Health Commissioner, and my congressional colleagues to observe World AIDS Day. We remembered all those who we have lost to HIV/AIDS and honored their memory by recommitting ourselves to fighting HIV/AIDS. To find out more information about HIV/AIDS, best practices to prevent its transmission, and living with HIV please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. Through educating one another about HIV/AIDS and working against the stigma associated with the disease, we move ever closer to achieving an AIDS-free generation.


Casework Spotlight

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and Tyrese Springer at Congressman Cummings' 2018 How to Pay for College Seminar. Seminar attendees learned about educational opportunities and financial assistance programs.  

At the 2018 How to Pay for College Seminar, I reconnected with Mr. Tyrese Springer. Back in 2012, Mr. Springer’s mother, Ms. Toyanda Wimby, reached out to me informing me that her son was being bullied at his elementary school. I worked with the family and Baltimore County Public Schools to transfer Mr. Springer to a new school where he became excited about school and was able to excel in his studies.

I welcome the opportunity to assist my constituents. If you should ever need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me by calling my office at (410) 685-9199.


Important Information for Brightwood College Students

Earlier this month, Brightwood College announced the permanent closure of their three Maryland locations in Towson, South Baltimore, and Beltsville. If you attended Brightwood and were affected by these closures, there are options available to you, including a discharge of your student loans. The U.S. Department of Education prepared a fact sheet outlining options available to affected students. That information can be found here. The Maryland Higher Education Commission may also be able to assist affected students, they can be contacted at 1 (800) 974-0203, or on their website


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