HCC honors Citi for support

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Hagerstown Community College board recently recognized Citi for its contributions to support low-income students.

During the past several years, Citi has given more than $70,000 in grants to support these students.

“HCC’s Citi scholars have graduated with a variety of credentials in nursing, commercial vehicle transportation, medical assisting, psychology, business, and paralegal studies, so the effects of Citi’s generosity have been far-reaching,” said HCC President Guy Altieri in a news release.

In 2011, the first grant was used to assist HCC’s Job Training Student Resources program, to provide case management, child care and transportation assistance to students in career training programs.

Starting in 2012, Citi provided grants to help students who completed secondary school credentials via General Educational Development testing rather than traditional high school. Since then, 50 low-income students have been helped by $46,000 in grants.

Each student received a Citi stipend to help with college and cost of living costs. Ninety percent of those students completed a majority of their classes, and nearly 90 percent graduated within two years of the term in which they were assisted with grants.

In 2016, Citi awarded an additional $15,000 to assist low-income students. That grant is currently underway, with 13 students having received stipends to date.

“At Citi, our mission is to enable growth and economic progress,” said Cassandra H. Latimer, vice president of communications and public affairs for Citi’s Hagerstown Operations Center. “And what better way to do that than through education?”