With more students needing financial aid and the prospect of state and federal budget cuts, Howard Community College's Educational Foundation is trying to raise $1 million for student loans and scholarships.
The foundation, a fund-raising group appointed by the board of trustees, plans to raise $250,000 in the next several months. Foundation members hope to take advantage of state matching grants up to $250,000 from local contributions to the community college's endowment fund.
Community college president Dwight A. Burrill reported that a recent analysis of student applications showed that students enrolled in 1989-1990 needed a total of $1.1 million in aid, a 25 percent increase from the previous school year. The number of students seeking aid rose from 308 to 408 between the 1988-1989 and 1989-1990 school years.