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University system raises money for scholarship

February 10, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

A scholarship will be available by 2009 for students who attend the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, said C. David Warner III, the university's executive director.

The university has raised about $206,000 in cash and pledges to meet its $212,500 goal, he said. Once the remaining $6,500 is gathered, Warner said the Henson/Waltersdorf Campaign Challenge will match an equal amount, making the scholarship fund worth a total of $425,000.

It costs on average between $500 and $600 to attend a class at the Hagerstown campus, he said.

"We know that our students in Washington County need help," said Warner, before adding that the campus has other scholarship opportunities.

Warner said the Community Foundation of Washington County, a nonprofit organization with investment experience, has managed the account thus far.

Brad Sell, executive director of the Community Foundation of Washington County, said all of the money won't be available for scholarships.

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Most of it will be invested, he said. About 5 percent is earmarked to support scholarships - or roughly $21,250 the first year.

Warner said in addition to the scholarship, the Hagerstown campus has added five programs - increasing the total to 17 - since it opened in January 2005.

He said university officials monitor growth trends at other colleges to determine what will be successful and establish new programs based, in part, on that information.

One of the Hagerstown campus' new programs, health and human services, started last August, Warner said. The program offers a nursing degree, he said.

With more program choices, local students can maintain their studies within the state and won't have to drive elsewhere, Warner said.

"I think this area is underserved," he said. "There's been a need for junior- and senior-level baccalaureate work in Washington County for a long time."

Warner said the Hagerstown campus accepts only juniors, seniors and some graduate students. People have to complete their freshman and sophomore years somewhere else, he said.

As a result, Warner said many of the Hagerstown campus' students come from places such as Hagerstown Community College.

"It's attractive to people who live in Washington County," he said.

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