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USM at Hagerstown recognizes scholarship winners

July 25, 2011
  • USMH Scholarship Chairwoman Gaye McGovern awards the STEM scholarship to Kara Reed.
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HAGERSTOWN — The University System of Maryland at Hagerstown recognized 16 scholarship recipients during a reception at the downtown Hagerstown center.

Six students received named scholarships from the Magnolia Foundation Scholarship Fund to benefit USMH.

The remaining 10 received awards from the USMH Scholarship Fund. All recipients are enrolled in programs offered at USMH.

Laura Harosky, a Frostburg State University business major, said, “I have never received a scholarship before. I pay for college myself, and this will relieve a lot of stress. My biggest concern is debt, especially in the current economy. This scholarship represents less debt that I have to pay back. I’m very grateful to receive it.”

Towson University nursing student Hannah Bradley had a similar sentiment. “This will help reduce my loans. It’s an honor to receive the scholarship,” she said.

Her mother, Carol Bradley, said, “We’re very proud of Hannah. She has always worked hard — in school and at work — earning money to pay for school. Her hard work has paid off.”

Kara Reed, a University of Maryland doctorate of education student, and recipient of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scholarship, believes that the award will help her achieve her educational goal so she might impact the education of children in a changing world.

“As the STEM recipient, my passion for teaching math and science to students at the elementary level is paramount to cultivating STEM students in the future,” she said.  

“This scholarship will help me develop and enhance programs so that students will realize an interest in STEM-related fields from an early age.”

Named scholarships were given by Citicorp Credit Services Inc., the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County and the City of Hagerstown. In addition, an anonymous donor funded the STEM scholarship.

Representatives of the naming entities attended the reception to congratulate the recipients. City Councilman William Breichner and County Commissioner Jeff Cline represented the city and county, respectively. Citicorp was represented by Cassandra Latimer, vice-president, public affairs and communications, and Beth Fox, executive director of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Citicorp’s family center.The Magnolia Fund was established through the Community Foundation of Washington County to meet the Waltersdorf-Henson Endowment Challenge Campaign. Brad Sell, executive director of the Community Foundation, told the students, “John Waltersdorf loved endowments, but if he loved more, it was scholarships. If he were alive today, he would be here because he loved meeting with scholarship recipients and learning of their goals.”

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