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HOLYOKE — The HCC Foundation is opening a second round of scholarship awards for the 2022-2023 academic year for anyone who did not apply during the first round.

The new application cycle opens June 20, and runs through August 8.

For 2022-2023, the foundation is awarding more than $300,000 in scholarship support to students from more than 150 scholarship funds. The scholarships are all donor funded and considered gift aid that does not need to be paid back.

Students must be currently enrolled at HCC or have been accepted for the upcoming academic year to be eligible for scholarships, which are awarded through the HCC Foundation, HCC’s nonprofit fundraising corporation.

The application deadline is August 8.

“Anyone who didn’t apply for a scholarship during the first application period now has another chance,” said Patrick Carpenter, HCC director of Institutional Advancement. “In the past, we have stopped accepting scholarship applications in April, which is so early in the college’s admissions cycle that the vast majority of first-year students were kept out of the process. With this later deadline we hope that a much larger percentage of incoming first-year students will apply. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have a lot more scholarship money to give out.”

Applicants only need to fill out a single online form to be automatically matched with the scholarships they are most qualified to receive. There are scholarships for new students, current students, and students transferring to other institutions, scholarships based on financial need, scholarships for students in specific majors, scholarships for residents of certain communities, and scholarships that recognize academic achievement.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the HCC Foundation awarded more than 200 students. To view scholarship opportunities and begin the application process, visit www.hcc.edu/scholarships. Questions should be directed to the HCC Foundation scholarship team at [email protected].

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HOLYOKE — Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Holyoke Community College led a historic day of giving last month, raising more than $192,000 for student support programs during its one-day “Together HCC: Drive to Change Lives” campaign. 

Organizers had set a goal of 300 donors for the 24-hour, April 26, fund drive. The final tally was 418, a 41% increase from 2021.   

“The ‘Together HCC’ campaign has proven to be one of the best examples of how much this community cares about the success of HCC students,” said Patrick Carpenter, HCC director of Institutional Advancement. “When we come together and give what we can, the results are nothing short of astounding.”    

Auto dealer Gary Rome, an HCC Foundation board member, led the way with a $5,000 challenge when the campaign met its goals of securing 300 donors.   

“My father always said, ‘Gary, your education is something no one can take away from you.’ I think that everyone who wants a college education should have that opportunity and I want to do everything I can to make it accessible for all,” Rome said. “I got involved with the HCC Foundation and continue to support this campaign in part to help dispel the misconception that community colleges receive all their funding from the state, and highlight how important it is to raise funds to help support our community college.”    

Another alumni donor was Dylan Pilon, ’12, of Springfield, a former scholarship recipient who graduated from HCC debt free, which allowed him to start his own company, Cloud 9 Marketing in East Longmeadow. 

“I’ve been fortunate to build relationships with fellow alumni and HCC faculty over the past decade,” said Pilon, who matched $10 for each of the first 100 alumni donors for a gift of $1,000. “HCC has positively impacted so many lives because of the continued support from alumni.”    

Caleb Curd, a current HCC student from Westfield, said that receiving an HCC Foundation scholarship is what made college possible for him.   

“Knowing that somebody had the heart to support students like myself really blew me away,” Curd said. “And it inspired me to think about how I can use this time as a springboard to serve other people.”  

In addition to Rome and Pilon, Peg, ’58, and Gary Wendlandt, Jim Izatt, ’59, trustee Robert Gilbert, Foundation board member Carl Eger, ’56, and Shirley Eger, and HCC President Christina Royal all posed matching and challenge gifts for the campaign.    

Donors from 22 different states made gifts during the 24-hour campaign; nearly half are alumni.  

“The heart of Together HCC is our network of alumni, faculty, staff, and community friends,” said Julie Phillips, coordinator of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “Because of this community, students can worry less about how they will afford next semester’s tuition or groceries for their families, so they can focus more on their studies.” 

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HOLYOKE — Students enrolled full-time in chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, physics, or other STEM fields at Holyoke Community College (HCC) may qualify for a National Science Foundation scholarship of up to $10,000 a year toward tuition and fees.

Through HCC, the National Science Foundation Scholarship offers, on average, $6,500 per year to qualified full-time students and prorated amounts for part-time students.

Incoming and current HCC students are encouraged to apply. The STEM scholarship application deadline for the fall 2021 semester is Aug. 1.

Students chosen for the NSF scholarship become members of HCC’s STEM Scholars 2.0 Program, also known as SCoRE (STEM Cohorts for Research & Engagement). STEM Scholars are expected to maintain enrollment in a STEM program, be in good academic standing, complete an associate degree at HCC, and/or transfer to an accredited STEM degree program at a four-year institution. The scholarships are renewable every year students continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

Beside the financial awards, STEM Scholars become part of a learning community that fosters a sense of belonging and academic success, and includes mentoring, research, and honors experiences; community service; and internships.

Eligibility guidelines for the National Science Foundation Scholarship in STEM can be viewed at hcc.edu/scholarship. STEM disciplines include biological sciences, physical sciences, math, computer and information services, geosciences, and engineering.

The program is lead by HCC Math Professor Ileana Vasu, coordinator of the STEM Scholars program. She can be reached at [email protected] or (413) 552-2438.

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MONSON — Monson Savings Bank recently announced it awarded $28,000 in scholarships to 14 graduating seniors of local high schools.

On June 23, the bank held a scholarship ceremony at its corporate office in Monson. This event provided refreshments, opportunities for bank staff to meet the students and their parents, presentation of the scholarship checks, and a gift for each scholarship recipient to take with them on their educational journey.

Monson Savings Bank awarded $2,000 scholarships to the following recipients:

Joseph Angelica, Cameron Boucher, Abigale Bridges, Camille Lobik, and Zackery Wysk (Monson High School); Shaun Buteau, Carlie Simpkiss, and Peter Wurszt (Minnechaug Regional High School); Lillie Hellyer, Ariana Nevins, and Olivia Watson (East Longmeadow High School); and Myles Francis McGrail, Lexie Orszulak, and Olivia Vadnais (Ware High School).

“All of us at Monson Savings Bank are incredibly proud of these students for the fortitude they have shown over these unique past years,” said Dan Moriarty, the bank’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to be able to offer these brilliant students with financial support so they can pursue their education. This is the beginning of an amazing ride for these graduates, and we hope they will stay in touch, sharing updates on their educational journey. We know they will accomplish remarkable things.”