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The Harford Community College Foundation recently held its annual reception honoring scholarship recipients and donors. Pictured: Frank Kellner, Vice President, Claims and Corporate Secretary at Harford Mutual (L); and Steve Linkous, President & CEO, Harford Mutual (R); stand with Kaleigh Parks, student recipient of the Harford Mutual Insurance – Benjamin Tobin Scholarship and ATHENA Leadership Scholarship.

The Harford Community College Foundation held its annual reception honoring scholarship recipients and donors on Thursday, April 18 in the College’s Chesapeake Center. The event gives students a chance to meet and thank their benefactors and share the impact that their gift has had on their education.

Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships to over 700 students, totaling upwards of $400,000 in financial aid. The Foundation credits its partnership with a community of individuals, small businesses, organizations, and corporations who have donated funds for scholarships and grants as the reason it is able to assist so many students in achieving their academic and professional goals.

The reception included a short program that featured remarks by Steve Linkous, President & CEO of Harford Mutual Insurance and member of the Harford Community College Foundation’s Board of Directors. In his address to the 200 donors and students in attendance, Linkous spoke of the importance Harford Mutual places on partnering with the College and the community at large.

“Harford Mutual gains its own success from the community around it. We call it mutual success. That’s why we have strongly partnered with the College and why I personally sit on its Foundation’s board of directors. Mutual success is the reason we have funded the Benjamin Tobin scholarship for decades in memory of one of our executives who was a strong supporter of continuing education. It is the reason we partnered with Harford Community College in 2018 to grow the ATHENA Leadership Scholarship, enabling the College to award an additional five $1,000 scholarships to strong and fearless women with bright futures ahead of them.”

Students in attendance were given the opportunity to openly share their gratitude in an open mic format. While many shared personal stories of success and plans of graduating, transferring, or securing a dream job, they collectively spoke to how impactful a scholarship is to the student journey and how far beyond a monetary gift it was to them personally.

“[College] was never in my future; I never thought I’d be here,” said Meaghan Vaughn of her journey. “Every day here, every semester I have spent here has just reinforced the fact that I can do this, I can become a teacher, and I can inspire other people the way that the donors, the faculty, and the administration here at HCC have inspired me.”

Following the program, donors were able to meet and congratulate students who received their scholarship, hearing further about the goals achieved and those still to be realized. The reception concluded with a drawing for a new laptop, which was presented to one student in attendance.