Hagerstown Community College student Allison Wile, of Cascade, was recently awarded a scholarship by the Forty & Eight Voiture 651, a local veterans’ organization based in Hagerstown.
Wile, 17, is a nursing major at HCC. She began attending the college as a high school student when she took a college-level course through HCC’s ESSENCE (Early Start for Students ENtering College Education) Program. In spring 2011, she graduated from the health occupations program at Washington County Technical High School and became a certified nursing assistant. Wile will graduate from HCC’s registered nursing program in 2013. After graduation, she plans to work in pediatrics or labor and delivery.
The scholarship was awarded to Wile by Richard Hembrock, chef de train at the Hagerstown Forty & Eight, on Oct. 31. According to Hembrock, the scholarship is specifically geared towards nursing students pursuing their education at Hagerstown Community College.
“We recognize that nurses are the most important caregivers that the military has
ever had,” says Hembrock. “In the tradition of nurses like Clara Barton, we want to support these caring professionals who do, and have done, so much.”
The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from World War I. The organization was originally part of the American Legion before becoming a separately incorporated veterans’ organization in 1960. The organization seeks to teach American patriotism, to promote the well-being of veterans and their widows and orphans, and to actively participate in charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurse’s training.
Photo Caption: Scholarship winner Allison Wile with Forty & Eight Voiture 651 chef de train Richard Hembrock.