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Funding for Career and Workforce Programs

Need help paying for career and workforce programs?

Harford Community College offers several opportunities to obtain scholarships, tuition assistance, and payment plans for those looking to increase their earning potential, upgrade job skills, secure a license or certification, or advance their career. Eligibility, requirements, and availability are based on several factors and are outlined below.


Funding Options

Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships are available to those enrolled in specified career and workforce programs at Harford's Leading Edge Training Center Powered by the Ratcliffe Foundation. Scholarships provide full funding for those accepted as well as opportunities to meet with local employers.

Interested students must contact our Career Navigator and then complete an application.

Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship

If you're interested in pursuing a career in IT, Construction/Trades, or Healthcare, you should apply now for this scholarship.

The following Workforce Development programs are approved as eligible for Maryland's Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship:
A+ Certification | Certified Nursing Assistant | Drone Technology | Heavy Equipment Operator | HVAC | Nurse Refresher | Paramedic and Phlebotomy Technician

This state funded scholarship is available to Maryland residents or graduates of a Maryland High School that are registering for an approved Workforce Development program—both new and current students may apply. Up to $2,000.00 per fiscal year can be awarded.

Applications are reviewed in the order received and based on available funding.

to apply:
Email and type Sequence Scholarship application submission in the subject line.

You will receive a return email with a secure link to upload your application and supporting documents.

Presidential Scholarship

This College-funded scholarship is awarded based on financial need. Any student registering for a workforce program may apply. Funding covers both tuition and fees.

Applications are reviewed in the order received and based on available funding.

to apply:
Email and type Presidential Scholarship application submission in the subject line.

You will receive a return email with a secure link to upload your application and supporting documents.

Chizmar Family Paramedic Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students who are accepted into Harford's Paramedic Program and meet the eligibility requirement. One scholarship, up to $5,000, is awarded per cohort. Funds may be used toward tuition, fees, textbooks and program associated costs.

Rockfield Manor Foundation Scholarship

The Rockfield Manor Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a Harford County resident who is pursuing a Workforce Development certificate at Harford. The $1,000 award may be used for tuition, course fees, textbooks, required supplies or uniforms, and can be used in combination with other awarded scholarships.

Students must submit a scholarship narrative and an interview may be requested by the Harford Community College CET Scholarship Committee. Recipients may be required to participate in a photo opportunity.


  • Be in good financial standing with the College
  • Successfully complete required assessment tests prior to applying for grant
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a Harford County resident

This grant is funded by Harford Community College, and is not federally funded; FAFSA applications do not apply.

Continued funding for required courses in any program is contingent upon successful completion of each successive course and available funding.

Hunter Memorial Scholarship

Reverend Cordell Hunter, Sr., Trustee, HCC, established this annual scholarship of $500 in memory of Lionel Hunter, who used his passion for vocational skill development and entrepreneurship to empower others.

This scholarship provides assistance to students who are engaged in vocational skilled areas, apprenticeship programs, and workforce partnerships.

to apply:
Email for an explanation of the scholarship process, then complete the application. Recipients will be selected by Reverend Cordell Hunter, Sr. Scholarship Committee.

2.75+ cumulative GPA required.
Must be Harford County resident.

John F. Mayhorne Workforce Development Scholarship

Faculty, staff, and colleagues of former Business, Education, Computing & Applied Technology Dean John F. Mayhorne established the John F. Mayhorne Workforce Development Scholarship for students graduating from a Harford County Public School career and technology education program. The $500 scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in a Continuing Education and Training apprenticeship or workforce development program.

Financial need preferred, but not required.
Must be Harford County resident.

Fisher Doan Memorial Scholarship

This $250 annual scholarship, created in memory of Fisher Doan, is available to a student enrolled in the Veterinary Assistant program at Harford Community College. 

Financial need required. The scholarship applicant must write a 200-250 word essay describing their goals for a career in veterinary services, and how receiving a scholarship will help them attain these goals.

Interested students should contact the Veterinary Assistant program coordinator.

Susquehanna Workforce Network Vouchers

Susquehanna Workforce Network funds programs that upskill incumbent and unemployed workers. To learn more, contact the office nearest you.

  • Havre de Grace: 443.866.9161
  • Bel Air: 443.866.9161
  • Cecil County: 410.996.0550
VA Educational Benefits 

Students currently eligible to receive VA educational benefits may use them toward an approved workforce or allied health program*.

Once you register for the approved program you must complete and submit the following forms to

*  The following are programs eligible for VA educational benefits. Program eligibility is subject to change. For more information, contact Military and Veteran Services, 443.412.2100 or 443.412.2612.

Phlebotomy Technician
Project Management Certification Program (PMP)

Set Up a Payment Plan

Harford Community College offers a payment plan that allows you to make monthly payments toward your tuition and fees. To be eligible, you must owe a minimum  of $500 toward a current career and workforce program.


Educational Loans

Many banks offer low-interest alternative education loans.
Contact your local bank or credit union for information.

Scholarship Procedures and Appeals Process

To learn more about Harford Community College scholarship procedures and appeal process:

Application for Scholarship Appeal
Scholarship Procedures and Process