Blessed to give and receive

April 27, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD


The Hagerstown Community College Foundation honored the school's scholarship donors and recipients at a reception Wednesday.

At the ceremony, donors, students and school officials each spoke of the growing need for financial support.

"We're one of the fastest growing community colleges in the state, so the demand is obviously overwhelming," HCC Foundation President Julie Donat said.

Basketball player Momodou "Mo" Jobe, 23, first-year student Danielle Shives, 18, and Peter McMillin, a 27-year-old Herald-Mail Co. employee, were among the scholarship recipients.

The three students spoke during the reception. Shives, who is blind, received 11 scholarships from HCC.

"Along with all the other expenses students have to pay for, I had to pay for special computers and equipment," said Shives, of Clear Spring. "I am very thankful for all the scholarships I received."


Shives said she wants to teach blind children after she graduates from a four-year school.

"I hope to be one of those people who gives them hope just like people have done for me," Shives said.

Marlene Shank, of the foundation's scholarship committee, attended the then-Hagerstown Junior College in 1968.

"And now today, here I am standing here as a donor," Shank said. "It's great giving back to a school that gave so much to me."

HCC officials on Wednesday were unable to provide exact figures for the total number of scholarships awarded for the 2005-06 school year.

But according to the program's pamphlet, the foundation gave 305 scholarships totaling $193,100. The pamphlet lists 224 scholarships.

According to the foundation's annual report to the Board of Trustees, the foundation has acquired more scholarship money than the $96,000 it awarded 10 years ago. But the amount of scholarship money has declined since 2001, when the foundation awarded $224,000.

Dick Phoebus, chair of the foundation's fundraising campaign, said the bulk of the organization's efforts would go toward getting more scholarship money. Of the $5 million the foundation hoped to raise, $1.45 million would go toward scholarships, according to the foundation's annual report.

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