HCC creates scholarship in name of 85-year-old student

September 29, 2009

Hagerstown Community College hopes that 85-year-old student Carolyn Hill will inspire other senior citizens to pursue the dream of higher education, the school said in an e-mailed release.

A scholarship named in Hill's honor now exists at HCC for Washington County residents who are at least 72 years old and wish to pursue a first college degree.

Hill, a Hagerstown resident, recently completed the external diploma program nearly 70 years after she dropped out of high school.

This fall, she began taking her first college-level classes at HCC.

"I've been dreaming about going back to school all my life," Hill said in the release. "When you're young and earning $11 a week, you think that's all you need. Now, I'm anxious to see how much I can do. I like to stay busy and I love to learn."

Hill has begun her college experience with a ceramics class, but hopes to take public speaking after hearing what a good job she did when she gave her commencement address at the adult education ceremony. She's even inspired her 79-year-old brother to take a class at HCC.


"Ms. Hill has been such an inspiration to many that we wanted to do something to honor her hard work and enthusiasm," HCC President Guy Altieri said in the release "Creating a scholarship in her name seemed an appropriate way to do that."

The Carolyn Hill Scholarship provides up to $750 per year to cover the cost of credit course-related fees, books and materials, the release said. Tuition is free for area seniors.

Recipients of the scholarship must be residents of Washington County, be at least 72 years old, be pursuing a first college degree and have submitted a written statement of their educational intent.

More information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at 301-790-2800, ext. 473, or by e-mail at

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