HCC Scholarships

STEM Scholarships

The S-STEM Scholarship provides scholarships to students who are attending full-time and pursuing an Associate's degree in an eligible Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics program. Scholarships are based on financial need with a maximum of $3,000 per semester. Scholarships are provided by the National Science Foundation Grant #1259859, June 1, 2013 - May 31, 2018. The early decision application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017. The fall semester application deadline is Tuesday, August 1, 2017. The spring semester application deadline is Wednesday, November 1, 2017. To view the scholarship criteria and recipient requirements, view and print the application.

HCC Foundation Scholarship

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 and who have at least a 2.0 GPA. First semester students should submit a copy of their high school transcript or college transcripts to the Admissions Office. 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. Students cannot receive financial aid at two schools during the same semester. Also, students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to remain eligible for a scholarship. 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 based on GPA, SAT scores, and extracurricular activities. 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. Only current high school students who are graduating in May/June are eligible to apply. Students cannot receive financial aid at two schools during the same semester. View the application guidelines and download the Faculty/Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence Application.

HCC Promise Pathway Program

HCC's Promise Pathway Program is designed to address financial barriers for Washington County students who have the academic readiness and commitment to succeed in college but lack all the necessary financial resources. Public, private, and home-schooled students living in Washington County can apply to the program with the support of their parents and school officials as early as sixth grade as program “prospects.” Students will not receive the financial support promise until 10th grade or after when the student is formally awarded early admission status into an HCC program. All applicants must apply for and use all available federal and state financial aid as well as external scholarships before the “promise dollars” are awarded by the HCC Foundation and HCC. This special initiative is being supported by Washington County Public Schools. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA to remain eligible for the program. For additional information and to print an application, visit the Promise Pathway page.

ESSENCE and Middle College Information

Other Programs

  • Job Training Student Resources provides support services to Pell eligible adult students taking courses at HCC in career programs. It is important that you apply for financial aid first to help determine your eligibility.

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.

Advanced Manufacturing Systems Scholarship

The Advanced Manufacturing Systems Scholarship provides scholarships to students pursuing an Associate's degree in Advanced Manufacturing Systems and the certificate programs in Basic Electronics and Industrial Technology. Scholarships provided by the National Science Foundation Grant #1501854, October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2018.