Forty & Eight awards $500 scholarship to HCC student

November 14, 2011
  • Scholarship winner Allison Wile with Forty & Eight Voiture 651 official Richard Hembrock.
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Hagerstown Community College student Allison Wile of Cascade was recently awarded a $500 scholarship by the Forty & Eight Voiture 651, a local veterans’ organization based in Hagerstown.

Wile, 17, is a nursing major at HCC. She began attending the college as a high school student when she took a college-level course through HCC’s ESSENCE, or Early Start for Students Entering College Education program. In spring 2011, she graduated from the health-occupations program at Washington County Technical High School and became a certified nursing assistant. Wile plans to graduate from HCC’s registered nursing program in 2013. After graduation, she plans to work in pediatrics or labor and delivery.

The scholarship was awarded to Wile by Richard Hembrock, an official at Hagerstown Forty & Eight, on Oct. 31. According to Hembrock, the scholarship is geared toward nursing students pursuing their education at HCC.

“We recognize that nurses are the most important caregivers that the military has ever had,” Hembrock said. “In the tradition of nurses like Clara Barton, we want to support these caring professionals who do, and have done, so much.”

The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from World War I.

The organization was part of the American Legion before becoming a separately incorporated veterans organization in 1960.

The organization seeks to teach American patriotism, promote the well-being of veterans and their widows and orphans, and actively participate in charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurse’s training.

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