Major gift establishes need-based Nursing scholarship
Jan 27, 2022A $120,000 donation to the CCBC School of Health Professions has established the Marie S. Hill Endowed Scholarship, supporting CCBC students with financial need who are pursuing nursing as a career change. The fund will assist students for whom college might otherwise be unattainable, especially as they transition in their career.
Barry Gossett, former CCBC Foundation board member, and Matthew and Joshua Hill, sons of CCBC Alumna Marie Sharon Hill, made the donation in memory of the Hills’ mother.
Marie Hill grew up in Baltimore, attended Kenwood High School, and studied Business Management at CCBC in the early 1990s. When she was in her late 50s, Marie decided to pursue her lifelong dream: becoming a registered nurse. She earned a degree in Nursing in 2004.
Early in her career, Marie worked for the Maryland School for the Blind, T. Rowe Price, and Williams Scotsman of Baltimore – where she met Barry Gossett. Her desire for a career change led her to pursue her passion to care for others as a radiation oncology nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital.
“She believed in helping others,” said Gossett. “We hope that this scholarship will provide CCBC students the opportunity to pursue their dreams so they can live their best lives.”
A devoted mother to her two sons, and the love of her life, Barry, Marie Sharon Hill impacted the life of everyone she met with her fun-loving, humorous and caring spirit.
“Our mother was a genuinely caring person,” said Joshua Hill. “Attending CCBC was a life-changing experience for her – especially when she was in classes with students half her age – but our mother wanted to show us that anything was possible if one is dedicated enough to it.”
Matthew Hill described his mother as “an extraordinary woman who raised us with grace, compassion, kindness and a fierce sense of fairness and responsibility. She instilled in us a deep curiosity and thirst for education which led to Joshua and me earning advanced degrees in Architecture and English Literature, respectively,” he said.
CCBC President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis expressed the college’s deep gratitude to Gossett and the Hill brothers for their generous gift: “We are proud that this scholarship will honor the life and legacy of alumna Marie Hill, who dedicated her life to helping others and who worked diligently to pursue her dream.”
The establishment of the Marie S. Hill Endowed Scholarship will continue to provide generations of students the same educational opportunities individuals such as Marie were able to receive.