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Scholarship available for child-care providers

January 06, 2013

Hagerstown Community College and the Maryland State Department of Education  are partnering to offer a joint scholarship program for child-care providers in Maryland.

To be eligible for the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund  scholarship, students must be working in a licensed child-care setting in Maryland, have been employed there for at least one year and must be participating in the Maryland Child Care Credential Program, a voluntary professional development incentive program for child-care providers administered by the state child-care office.

Students must also be pursuing an educational degree program at HCC, such as an associate degree in early childhood/primary grades education, early childhood education, elementary education or education. Students are required to maintain a 2.5 grade-point average and complete a minimum of two college courses per year in their academic program of study.

“I think the (scholarship program) is an excellent program,” said HCC student and registered family provider Norma Happel of Hagerstown.

“There is absolutely no way that my family and I could have afforded for me to attend college and complete the classes I did in the time that I did it. I was able to take two or three classes a semester, and the grant money made that possible.”

Happel graduated from HCC with an accounting degree in 1986. After running a family day care for the last 20 years, she decided to return to HCC three years ago to get her degree in early childhood education, enrolling in the transfer program so she can achieve her lifelong dream of teaching preschool now that her own children are older.

Fall 2013 applications for the scholarship are being accepted.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

To apply or learn more about the program, contact Alison Hess, project manager, at 240-500-2604 or send an email to amhess@hagerstowncc.edu.

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