FSU's Bernard Wynder Named College Admissions Counselor of the Year by CollegeBound Foundation Inc.
Bernard Wynder, assistant athletic director/admissions counselor at Frostburg State University, has received the College Admissions Counselor of the Year award from CollegeBound Foundation Inc.
Wynder, of Frostburg, was recognized for his "dedication, commitment and support of the mission of College Bound and ... service to Baltimore City high school students."
"We thought it was time to recognize colleges reps who go above and beyond the call of duty," said Jimmy Tadlock, program director of CollegeBound Foundation. Wynder is the first college admissions representative to be honored by CollegeBound.
CollegeBound is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization in existence since 1988 that offers a complete college access program to Baltimore City public school students. The mission is to encourage and enable Baltimore City public school students to attend college, with the goal of increasing the number of students who apply, enroll, attend and graduate from college. The majority of the students who benefit from CollegeBound's efforts are first-generation college students and low-income inner city Baltimore residents, Tadlock said.
CollegeBound provides both need-based grants as well as guidance and encouragement to help students get into college, from college tours and fee waivers, counseling on applications and financial aid to CollegeBound Clubs in Baltimore high schools.
Tadlock praised Wynder's personal touch with students. Tadlock said Wynder will frequently counsel an underclassman at a college fair on taking the college boards or improving his grades, then remember that student at the next college fair a year later. He also rolls out the red carpet for Baltimore students and their parents on tours of Frostburg, where they note that he greets all the FSU students from Baltimore by name, checking in to see how they are.
Wynder started working with Frostburg State's Admissions Department in 1979 as an admissions counselor and minority recruiter. He has held a variety of positions, but a major goal has continued to be to identify students with potential who might otherwise not consider college and to convince them and their parents that they can -- and should - seek a college degree.
A Baltimore native whose father died when he was a child and whose mother quit school at a young age, Wynder earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from Frostburg State. He knows the value of CollegeBound's efforts for young Baltimoreans.
"CollegeBound is helping young people make a decision that really has an impact on the next 50 years of their lives - to attend college or not to attend. They give students not only the information needed to make a choice, but they also give the confidence and belief that this is something they can do," Wynder said.
"It's a joy to be able to encourage people from my hometown to go on to college. This experience and a college degree will make a difference not only in their lives, but in the generations that follow," he said.
For more information about CollegeBound Foundation, visit their Web site at www.collegeboundfoundation.org or call (410) 783-2905. For more information about Frostburg State University, call the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu.
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