Student news

March 18, 2007

At a recent financial aid seminar held at Hagerstown Community College for Washington County high school students, Deborah Lee of Smithsburg was randomly chosen to receive a $500 scholarship for the college of her choice.

Deborah is a junior at Smithsburg High School. She plans to enroll in a pre-med program at a four year college.

The seminar, sponsored by The Sallie Mae Fund and HCC, presented students with information to help them plan and pay for college.

During the seminar, Gene Logan with The Sallie Mae Fund reviewed the basic steps to prepare for college including timelines, college research, the application process, financial aid options and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


Kevin Crawford, HCC's recruitment specialist, presented information about HCC's programs of study and the admissions process. Crawford also spoke about financial aid opportunities including the ESSENCE Program that enables county high school students to take college classes at a 50 percent tuition reduction, and the Opportunity Fund which provides scholarship funds to a limited number of middle-income students.

Carolyn Cox, HCC's director of financial aid, presented students with information about financial aid opportunities at HCC. She also offered them assistance in filling out the FAFSA, regardless of the college or university they choose.

According to Cox, many of the students who attended the seminar will be first generation college students.

"The concept of choosing a college and paying for it can be overwhelming," said Cox. "Hopefully, the students will walk away from this seminar with a better understanding of the process and resources available, as well as the confidence to get started."

The $500 scholarship is funded by The Sallie Mae Fund and is given directly to the school of choice, upon admission of the student.

Jonathan Martin of Hagerstown, a senior at Washington College, Chestertown, Md., received recognition as a Middendorf Scholar based on his academic and leadership merit.

Martin, son of Bob and Louise Martin, is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. He is a member of the college's Theta Chi fraternity, Sigma Xi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta, and Order of Omega. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school.

Miles Chan of Hagerstown was named to the dean's list at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. A graduate of Saint James School, he is enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences.

Karlie Renee Hose, daughter of Kimberly and Charles Hose Jr. of Clear Spring, was named a United States National Honor Student Award winner by the United States Achievement Academy.

Karlie, who attends Clear Spring High School, will be listed in the academy's official yearbook, which is published nationally.

She is the granddaughter of Faye and Charles Hose Sr. of Williamsport and Jo Ann and Clyde Ankeney of Hagerstown.

These students competed in the Geography Bee at Clear Spring Elementary School. Front row, from left, are Jacob Lee, Kaitlyn Barnhart and Eric Yetter; second row: Riley Lazich, Lexi Albert, Abbi Talbert and Tyler New; back row, Quest teacher Craig Koons, Ryan Yetter, Zackary Robertson and Kristen Mellott. Fifth-grader Zackary Robertson won the bee, and Lexi Albert was runner-up.

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