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HCC Scholarships

HCC Scholarships

HCC Scholarships

HCC Foundation Scholarship

The HCC Foundation Scholarship Committee awards a number of scholarships with different criteria and dollar amounts for the fall and spring semesters to students enrolled in at least six credits and who have at least a 2.0 GPA. Students must complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA for scholarship consideration.

Hagerstown Community College’s school code for the FAFSA is 002074. Applicants must register for classes by the application deadline date each semester. First semester students should submit a copy of their high school transcript or college transcripts to the Admissions Office. Scholarships are based on financial need and academic promise. Most scholarships are for a one-year period. Students should apply each semester and incomplete applications will not be considered for a potential award. The application opens two times per year and closes June 1 and December 1. In addition, students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to remain eligible for a scholarship. All attempted courses are considered as part of GPA for a scholarship. Students can receive a scholarship for the next semester after reaching the 2.0 cumulative GPA. For example, if GPA is 1.90 at the start of the fall semester, then students can still apply for a scholarship for the spring semester. Students will be considered for the spring semester if GPA is 2.0 or greater at the end of the fall semester. Students can apply each semester.

Students must be actively enrolled in at least 6 credits on the college’s census date each semester to remain eligible for a scholarship. For scholarships which require full-time enrollment, students must be actively enrolled in at least 12 credits on the college’s census date each semester to remain eligible for the scholarship. Exceptions will be made if your program of study specifically involves registering for less than 12 credits during the semester. Also, if a student is selected for a scholarship for the fall semester and does not attend, students must re-apply for the spring semester. Please contact the Student Financial Aid Office by December 1 for special circumstances such as a medical issue that occurred during the fall semester. Scholarship recipients must complete any requested paperwork by the end of the applicable semester. Applications for Spring 2024 will be accepted through December 1, 2023. 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. Students must be actively enrolled in at least 12 credits on the college’s census date each semester to remain eligible for the scholarship. Exceptions will be made if the student's program of study specifically involves registering for less than 12 credits during the semester. Students must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship. The application and high school transcript are due by May 1. Download the Faculty/Foundation Scholarship for Academic Excellence Application.

Early College Program Information

Career Program Achievers

Career Program Achievers (CPA) provides individualized advising and financial support to Pell-eligible, independent students who are taking courses at HCC in an eligible career program. See the CPA page for a list of eligible programs. Students who have previously earned a Bachelor’s degree can apply if you meet the requirements for the Pell Grant other than already having a Bachelor’s degree. Also, independent students who are enrolled in general education courses and are planning to apply to the Dental Hygiene, Radiography, and Nursing programs are eligible to apply as well. Please complete the applicable FAFSA 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 1 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, at a level 2 or higher. Applications should be completed at least 2 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 2.5 grade point average.
  • Successfully complete at least two college classes per award year (Fall, Spring, Summer Semester).

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.

Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)

Child Care Access Means Parents in School is a federal grant program that allows HCC to support Pell-eligible student parents through awarding weekly child care stipends.

The following eligibility requirements must be met to apply:

  • Actively enrolled in at least 3 credits
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Have a child(ren) enrolled or have applied for enrollment at an HCC-approved, nationally-accredited child care provider. Please contact the HCC CCAMPIS Advisor at 240-500-2240 for questions regarding provider and program eligibility.

Funding provided by Department of Education, Grant #P335A220050

Take2! Scholarship

HCC’s Take2! program is designed to help Washington County and neighbor-state residents in bordering Pennsylvania and West Virginia counties turn their college credits into a degree.

Eligibility requirements include already have earned a minimum of 24 college-level credits from a four-year or four-and two-year accredited college(s) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, commit to completing a degree within one year, and have an Expected Family Contribution of $15,000 or less based on the applicable FAFSA. Students who have already completed a degree are not eligible. Students must be actively enrolled through the college’s census date each semester and are eligible to receive the scholarship for up to three semesters.

Take2! is a last dollar program. Students must use federal or state grants and scholarships first to cover tuition and fees. For example, if a student’s Pell Grant covers tuition and fees, then a student would not be eligible for Take2! funding. All paperwork requested by the HCC Student Financial Aid Office must be completed. Take 2! is funded by the Hagerstown Community College Foundation. To see additional criteria and to apply, please visit HCC Take2!