The day Bill Hard visited the nursing program’s hospital simulation lab on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, it was a school holiday. But he says the mock hospital was still filled with students; they had come in on their day off to sharpen their skills. “Their level of dedication was really impressive,” says Hard, who is a chair of the Montgomery College Foundation real estate committee.
It is not the first time Hard has been impressed by a nurse. His wife, Pamela, has worked as a nurse and a hospice volunteer. “People also call for her advice and emotional support when they are sick; it is amazing to think of all of the people she has impacted,” he says.
These lasting impressions recently led Hard to establish the Pamela R. Hard Endowed General Nursing Scholarship. The gift will support Montgomery College nursing students in credit or noncredit courses/programs who have demonstrated financial need or who are experiencing emergency financial need.
Dr. Monique Davis, who oversees the nursing program, says, “This scholarship will greatly benefit the nursing students at Montgomery College. We are so appreciative of the Hard family’s generosity.”
In addition to the nursing scholarship, Hard contributes thousands of hours—and his expertise—to the foundation’s real estate committee. Hard, executive vice president of LCOR, an investment, management, and development company, helped negotiate the ground lease for Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. MC is the only community college in the country with a hospital on campus.
He was also instrumental in the purchase of the College’s new Central Services Building, opening later this spring.
Although he never attended Montgomery College, Hard recognizes the College is an integral part of the county where he has lived since 1982. Approximately 70 percent of Montgomery County Public Schools graduates who stay in state for college attend Montgomery College.
“The College plays an important role in the life of Montgomery County,” says Hard. “And people at the College are so committed to the mission of education, it makes it easy to help. It is hard to imagine a better way of making a positive impact on people’s lives.”