HCC Foundation receives $1 Million endowment for nursing scholarships

Longtime Harford Community College (HCC) donors Dr. David and Alena Schwaber have endowed a $1 million scholarship for students studying nursing. It is the largest individual donation ever received by the Harford Community College Foundation.

The Schwabers began their support of nursing students at Harford Community College by establishing the Alena & David M. Schwaber Nursing Scholarship in 2005. Valued at $3,000 per student, the scholarship has been awarded to 75 students over the past 15 years.

Harford Community College is known for its competitive and rigorous nursing program, which educates and provides a substantive health care workforce for the region. Given the current global health crisis, there is not only an increased need for health care workers but a need for financial support for current and prospective students in the nursing program.

Harford Community College’s partnership with Towson University has streamlined the process for students to graduate with a four-year nursing degree. In addition, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health continues to partner with the College by offering employment opportunities and scholarship support to HCC students and graduates of the nursing program.

Last month, Harford Community College was awarded a five-year Nurse Support Program II Grant from the Health Services Cost Review Commission and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

The grant, totaling just over $2 million, will allow the College to increase its admission capacity into the nursing program. With the Schwabers’ $1 million endowment, Harford Community College will be able to increase scholarship opportunities for the additional students enrolled in the program.

The Harford Community College Foundation awards more than $400,000 in scholarships annually to students. Making education affordable and accessible is the mission behind the work of the foundation and the inspiration found within the generosity of individuals who make it possible.

To learn more about the foundation and scholarship funding, visit the Harford Community College website.