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Four HCC students awarded HAH scholarships

Four Hagerstown Community College students were recently awarded scholarships through the Hispanic Association of Hagerstown (HAH). Janira Ayala and Paulina Resendiz, both of Hagerstown, each received a full-time scholarship and Carmen Ayala and Blanca Quezada, both of Hagerstown, each received a part-time scholarship.

Janira Ayala, 21, and Carmen Ayala, 28, are sisters and are both majoring in administration of justice at HCC. After graduating in 2012, Janira plans to transfer to a four-year school to finish her bachelor’s degree and aspires to one day be a district attorney. Carmen, who will graduate the following year in 2013, plans to transfer to University of Maryland at Hagerstown to finish her bachelor’s degree and hopes to one day become a parole officer.

Quezada, 17, graduated from high school as a junior, and started at HCC in fall 2010. She is a pharmacy technician major and after graduating from HCC, she plans to transfer to a four-year school to complete her bachelor’s degree with the hopes of one day becoming a pharmacist.

Other scholarship winners included nursing major Paulina Resendiz. Resendiz also received a full-time scholarship.

The HAH scholarship is intended to support the Hispanic student body of HCC. Scholarships are offered by semester and scholarship funds are raised annually at the Hagerstown Hispanic Festival. Next year’s festival will be held on Sun., Sept. 18, 2011, at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds. For more information about the Hagerstown Hispanic Festival, go to www.hagerstownhispanicfestival.org.