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HAR-CO awards 12 scholarships

HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union awarded scholarships to 12 Harford County high school seniors.

HAR-CO is Harford's education credit union and annually awards one scholarship to every high school in the county, plus two memorial scholarships: in memory of HAR-CO board member and county teacher Edward V. Goetz, to a student who plans to take up environmental studies; and Stanley A. Goldberg for a student planning to attend Harford Community College.

Students must be members of HAR-CO.

Recipients of $1,000 scholarships are: Aberdeen High, Andrew D. Payne; Bel Air High, Anna K. Rinehart; C. Milton Wright High, Rachel D. Tillinghast; Edgewood High, Nicholas J. Krause; Fallston High, Laura M. Davis; Harford Technical High, Cody A. Millette; Havre de Grace High, Jennifer L. Idokogi, John Carroll School, Heather M. Hug; Joppatown High, Kristine A. Thurlow; North Harford High, Wesley B. Toth; Stanley Goldberg HCC recipient, Renee M. Dreyer; Ed Goetz Scholarship, Megan C. Battista.

HCC offers kids program

Harford Community College will hold HCC Kids Programs this summer, with several offerings for children from preschool through high school.

Programs include:

The "choose-your-own-day" programs, like Discovering College and Kids on Campus, provide a mix of sports, art and hobbies. More specialized programs include Summer Arts Camp, Harford Imagination Theater and Lego Robotics.

Digital Camp and TV Production Camp offer the chance to enter the entertainment world behind the scenes and create a show.

Summer Wonders explores life (and the wildlife) in the woods. Also available are science programs and swimming lessons. Information: 410-836-4191 Board changes college's name

The Maryland Higher Education Commission recently voted unanimously to accept Cecil Community College's board of trustees' petition to change the school's name to Cecil College.

Cecil President W. Stephen Pannill answered questions at the meeting.

Pannill told the commission that after considering all the input from individuals and groups regarding the proposed change, he and the board were confident that the name change would be a positive step for students, the college, Cecil County and the state.

"The change is one of name -- not mission, which is steadfast," Pannill said. "Cecil will continue to serve the community, have small class sizes and be as affordable as possible while maintaining its high level of academic excellence."

The new name will be effective July 1, but will be rolled out over time, partly to minimize the transition's financial impact.

The timing coincides with the college's change to the Web site domain name "www.cecil .edu."

Battelle donation benefits 2 schools

Battelle, a nonprofit independent research and development organization, recently donated funds to support math and science education at two Harford County schools.

A $20,000 donation was made to the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School to purchase science equipment for engineering, robotics and biotechnology courses.

Battelle has been a regular supporter of the academy through financial contributions and volunteer hours since 2003. Part of the funds will be used to provide a budget of $200 for each senior's capstone project.

Battelle also contributed $5,000 to Harford Community College to fund two scholarships, the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council's Battelle Scholarships, for students pursuing careers in math or science.

Battelle employs more than 400 people at the Battelle Eastern Science and Technology Center in Aberdeen at the Higher Education and Applied Technology (HEAT) Center.

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