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Beulah “Boo” Law, pictured here, endowed the scholarship that is helping Hannah Carrillo reach her goals.

Hannah has a dream. She wants to be a doctor. Her mother also has a dream: to see Hannah graduate college. To help the family reach their goals, Hannah, a life science major, was awarded a scholarship by the Montgomery College Foundation.

Helping students achieve their dreams is the mission of the Montgomery College Foundation, which was recently recognized as one of the top ten community colleges in the nation for philanthropy according to the Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) report.

Through the generous donors who support the College, students like Hannah are one step closer to achieving their dreams.

“Since early childhood, I can clearly recall that my family has always struggled economically, so this scholarship will not only benefit me, it will be an asset to my mom. My mom works from eight in the morning until ten at night every day with one goal continually running through her head: watching me walk across the stage with a college diploma in my hand.”

The VSE report is compiled by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), the authoritative national source of data on charitable giving to higher-education. Each year, CAE gathers data about charitable support of higher education, which is used to estimate national trends for benchmarking by individual institutions.

The College’s ranking as number nine in the nation is an eight-step jump from the previous year. Among the six Maryland community colleges that responded to the survey, Montgomery College ranks number one.

Carol Rognrud is the executive director of the Montgomery College Foundation. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that we have risen in the rankings to number nine in the nation. More importantly, this is a testament of the tireless work of the foundation’s board of directors and the commitment and generosity of our community.”

Rognrud says investing in Montgomery College students is an investment in the region’s economy.

“Over 75 percent of our graduates stay local and fill the important gaps in the county’s workforce. Donors who invest in our mission are ensuring Montgomery County remains an exceptional place to live and work.”

And as for Hannah, she plans to pay it forward. She hopes eventually to attend medical school at John Hopkins University. “I always want to help the people around me,” she says. “What better way than to become a doctor.”

To learn more about the work of the Montgomery College Foundation and how to help students, visit montgomerycollege.edu/foundation.