Hagerstown Community College student Darren Covington, of Hagerstown, recently won the Helen and Gene Kline Scholarship for the fall 2013 semester.
Covington, 42, is an early childhood education major. Covington has spent the last 15 years working in restaurants and bakeries. He became interested in early childhood education when raising his four daughters, now ages 25, 14, 13, and 11. Covington enrolled in HCC last year and will graduate in May 2014. After graduation, Covington intends to transfer to Frostburg State University to complete his bachelor’s degree with the ultimate goal of teaching third grade, preferably at a school in Washington County.
The Helen and Gene Kline Scholarship is an endowed scholarship awarded annually through the Community Foundation of Washington County. Recipients must be a current HCC student majoring in either education or engineering, have a GPA of 2.0 or Higher, and demonstrate a proven commitment to higher education.
Covington said that the scholarship meant a great deal to him and that he wouldn’t have been able to complete his education without it.
“Receiving the scholarship was a surprise and was very helpful to me,” said Covington. “When I get a teaching job, and I’m in a better position, I plan to do the same and create a scholarship that will help students like me.”
For more information on scholarships offered through the Community Foundation of Washington County, go to www.cfwcmd.org/scholarships . For more information about scholarships offered through Hagerstown Community College, go to www.hagerstowncc.edu/alumni-friends/hcc-foundation .