HCC Scholarships

STEM Scholarships

Applications for the STEM Scholarships are due August 15th. These awards provide up to $5000 per year. Return application materials to the Financial Aid Office. All applicants are required to submit the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete the STEM Scholarships application. View application criteria and download the STEM Scholarship Application.

HCC Foundation Scholarship

Applications for both the HCC Foundation Scholarships and scholarships awarded through the Financial Aid Office are available in both the Financial Aid Office and the Office of Institutional Advancement. The HCC Foundation Scholarship Committee awards a number of scholarships each with its own criteria and dollar amounts in the fall and spring of every academic year to students taking at least six credits. Recipients are selected by the Foundation Scholarship Committee. The Student Financial Aid Office uses the same application and awards miscellaneous scholarships from private donors and organizations. They are usually awarded to students in financial need and who show scholastic promise. Most scholarships are for a one year period but some may be renewed the following year. Applications are kept on file for one year in the event additional funds become available to award. Complete the HCC Foundation Scholarship Application Form online.

HCC Faculty/Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence

The HCC Faculty/Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence Committee offers an academic excellence scholarship program for qualified graduates of area high schools. The committee awards these scholarships to the qualified scholar who has the highest Quality Point Average among the applications received from each school. These awards provide $550 per semester at Hagerstown Community College. Recipients who maintain satisfactory academic records at the College will be supported for four consecutive semesters of college for a total of $2200. View the application guidelines and download the Faculty/Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence Application.

Carolyn Hill Scholarship

This is a special scholarship for senior citizens. The upward limit of the scholarship is $750 per year to cover the cost of credit course related fees, books and materials (tuition is free based on our current policy of waiving tuition for local seniors).  The distribution of these dollars is based on a $50 per credit basis with a maximum of 15 credits for $750. The recipient(s) of this scholarship will be identified by the HCC Opportunity Fund working group, with concurrence from the President's Office. Preference will be given to those who have financial need, but this determination is less rigorous than the College uses to award most government sponsored aid programs. In order to qualify for this scholarship, candidates must:

  • Reside in Washington County
  • Be 72 years of age or older
  • Pursue a first college degree, but may have already completed credits from prior College work
  • Prepare a written statement about their reasons for pursuing College courses which will be shared with HCC Trustees and the local media. 

Child Care Career & Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF)

Hagerstown Community College (HCC) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) are offering a unique funding opportunity for childcare providers to earn an Associate’s degree (A.A.S. or A.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education, A.A.T. in Elementary Education, or an A.S. in Education. The CCCPDF provides funding for college tuition, fees and books for eligible child care providers working in the State of Maryland. Approved candidates must possess the motivation and skills that will assist them in successfully completing their degree while employed in childcare and will continue to work in family or center-based early education programs upon completion of their degree, for a service commitment equaling 1 month per credit or 2 years for the completion of an Associate’s degree.

HCC will be accepting approved applicants from the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund for the Fall semester. The deadline to apply to MSDE is March 1st of each year. The Grant Coordinator will begin meeting with potential CCCPDF students to complete applications to MSDE in January of each year for admittance to the program the following fall semester.


  • Be currently working in a licensed child care center, Head Start, or Private Preschool Program or be a registered family child care provider in the state of Maryland.
  • Have at least one year of qualifying experience working in childcare and be currently employed in the field.
  • Be eligible to apply for, or already a participant in, the Maryland Child Care Credential Program. Applications should be completed at least 3 months in advance to the CCCPDF deadline date of March 1st.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Continue working in child care during the time of study and for a period of time as determined by regulation upon the completion of the degree.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  • Successfully complete at least two college classes per award year (Fall, Spring, Summer Semester).

More information regarding CCCPDF can be found on the Maryland Public Schools website.

For information about the scholarship program or before sending in an application to MSDE, contact Alison Hess, Project Manager, at 240-500-2604, or email amhess@hagerstowncc.edu.