A scholarship fund in the name of former County Councilwoman Carole B.
Baker is being created at Anne Arundel Community College to help displaced homemakers.
Letters soliciting contributions to the "Carole Baker Endowed Displaced Homemakers Scholarship" were sent out this week and signed by County Executive Robert R. Neall and his predecessor, O. James Lighthizer, honorary co-chairmen of the scholarship fund.
Neall and Lighthizer were asked to serve as co-chairmen by a group of Baker's friends and supporters who decided to found the endowment as a way to honor the former councilwoman, said Baker, who learned of the scholarship fund at a luncheon last week.
FOR THE RECORD - A caption accompanying yesterday's Senior story, "Pairing children in need with someone to love," misidentified one person.
The child in the top left photograph on Page 11 is Genevieve Cavella.
Also, the story, "AACC gives scholarship in Baker's name" incorrectly reported the cost of full-time tuition at Anne Arundel Community College for two semesters. Tuition is $42 per credit hour, or about $1,000 for two full-time semesters.
The Anne Arundel County Sun regrets the errors.
"I'm very honored and pleased," Baker said Wednesday. "This is something that's going to last. It'll be around forever."
The scholarship, to be used by a full-time student for tuition and fees, books, child care, transportation and other expenses, will be awarded annually to a displaced homemaker from Anne Arundel who could not otherwise afford the college, the letter said.
Full-time tuition for two semesters costs about $1,800, said Debbie Shaughney, spokeswoman for the college.
All money raised toward the scholarship will be matched dollar for dollar by the state, Shaughney said. Under the state's Private Donation Incentive Program, all Maryland community colleges may receive up to $250,000 over a three-year period to match private donations for endowed scholarships, she said.
Anne Arundel Community College asked for $50,000 to match private endowments.
Baker, a Severna Park Democrat, left the council this month after two four-term terms. She decided not run for a third term after she received a promotion from her employer, the United Way.
Baker said repeatedly that she never considered politics as a career, but wanted to use the council job as a means to accomplish some good in the community.