Anderson wins scholarship at college seminar

(October 20, 2005) - At a recent seminar held at Hagerstown Community College, Waynisha Anderson was randomly chosen to receive a $1000 scholarship for the college of their choice.

The seminar, sponsored by The Sallie Mae Fund and HCC, presented students with information to help them plan and pay for college.

Anderson is a junior at South Hagerstown High School and expects to graduate in June. She plans to attend HCC, beginning in January, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a nursing degree.

According to Carolyn Cox, HCC’s director of financial aid, many of the students who attended the seminar will be first generation college students.

“The concept of choosing a college and paying for it can be overwhelming,” said Cox. “Hopefully, the students will walk away from this seminar with a better understanding of the process and resources available, as well as the confidence to get started.”

During the seminar, Orlando Espinosa with The Sallie Mae Fund reviewed the basic steps to prepare for college including timelines, college research, the application process, financial aid options and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Dan Bock, HCC’s assistant director of admissions, records and registration, presented information about HCC’s programs of study, admissions process and financial aid opportunities including the ESSENCE Program that enables county high school students to take college classes at a 50 percent tuition reduction, and the Opportunity Fund which provides scholarship funds to a limited number of middle-income students.

Cox presented students with information about financial aid opportunities at HCC. She also offered them assistance in filling out the FAFSA, regardless of the school they choose.

The $1000 scholarship is funded by The Sallie Mae Fund and is given directly to the school of choice, upon admission of the student.