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HCC Foundation receives $100,000 donation

College Advancement

HCC Foundation receives $100,000 donation

(May 27, 2020) – The Hagerstown Community College Foundation recently received a $100,000 donation from the estate of Mrs. Mildred “Mickey” Knott, formerly of Hagerstown, to establish the Mildred E. Knott Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship benefits HCC students who are residents of Maryland, have at least a 2.0 GPA, and plan to transfer to the University of Maryland.

In her estate planning, Knott, an alumna of (then) Hagerstown Junior College, requested that acknowledgement be given to Lois Smith Harrison, HJC’s first registrar, and Dr. Atlee Kepler, HJC’s first president. She noted, “Lois secured several scholarships for me, especially at the University Of Maryland. I have always been grateful for these scholarships which financed my college education. Maybe this small amount will aid a deserving student.”

“Mildred (Mickey) Knott was a very well educated woman who was very ahead of her time and knew what an education would do for her,” said Lisa Mendez, Knott’s goddaughter. “Mickey believed everyone should have access to knowledge and be given the opportunity to learn. I am so glad that I can follow through with her wishes and establish this bit of help for future generations.”

For more information on the scholarship, contact the HCC College Advancement Office at 240-500-2348, or visit