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Graduating students at HACC's spring 2023 Commencement ceremony
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, welcomed the College’s newest alumni during its May 9, 2023, Commencement ceremony. More than 560 of the 1,192 students eligible to graduate in spring and summer 2023 walked across the stage at the Giant Center to receive their associate degrees, certificates and diplomas.

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10 March 2023

HACC’s Social Justice Scholarships Encourage Representation

Black citizens urged to apply for free money to become a first responder

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Mauricia Newsom believes in being “the change that you wish to see in the world” and decided to become an emergency medical technician (EMT). Newsom, a December 2021 graduate of the EMT Program at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is Pennsylvania certified and nationally certified as an EMT.

Newsom encourages other Black citizens to become an EMT or police officer to serve in their communities. “Let’s be real, we don’t have the most positive experiences. Sometimes it just takes one of us just to make a start.”

That start to become an EMT or police officer is made possible by full-ride scholarships for eligible Black citizens in Central Pennsylvania. These scholarships to complete HACC’s
Municipal Police Academy or EMT Program cover 100% of a students’ HACC-related costs, including books, fees and tuition. Scholarship recipients also receive a stipend. Because of this financial support, scholarships recipients can earn a HACC credential with zero student debt.

The full-ride scholarships are made possible through a $112,500
grant awarded to the HACC Foundation by the PNC Foundation.
Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR, vice president of college advancement at HACC and executive director of the HACC Foundation, said, “We are grateful to the PNC Foundation for this investment in HACC students and the Central Pennsylvania community. Many organizations are being criticized – and rightly so – for their performative and lackluster equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives. HACC, because of our core values and the support of partners like the PNC Foundation, is walking the talk to make our community more just and inclusive.”

HACC alumnus Chris Bratten was motivated to “put the uniform on and make a difference” by some of the experiences he had with police as a Black man. To find out what Bratten and supporters have to say about the importance of this initiative, please watch their
inspirational stories. To find out more, those who are interested should:

Applications for the full-ride scholarships are currently being accepted. To apply, please complete this online form.
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The HACC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 to raise private and corporate revenues in support of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. The HACC Foundation provides funding for student scholarships, innovative academic programs, state-of-the art training equipment and modernized facilities. To learn more about the HACC Foundation, please visit To contribute to the HACC Foundation, please visit

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