As a former employee of the college for more than 30 years, Farida Guzdar has seen how education changes the lives of students, their families and communities. “Supporting student scholarships is personal to me and other HCC employees because we see the need and the big difference we make through our support.” She believes it is important to support the college because providing financial support for education “is a hand up, not a hand out.”
Farida hopes to instill the joy of giving in others, so in 2012 she established the Guzdar Family Music Endowment to honor her husband, Dr. Parvez Guzdar, for his lifetime of giving, commitment to helping others, and love for music.
“For those in need, Parvez was always there to help personally and financially. For his family and friends, he was a talented pianist who could play any tune, anytime, anywhere,” says Howard Community College employee, Farida Guzdar describing her late husband, Dr. Parvez Guzdar. “I created a music endowment because Parvez loved music and played the piano beautifully. I believe in supporting the arts because it brings joy and pleasure especially in today’s hectic world.”
She further explains, “HCC’s Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center is the cornerstone of music and arts in Howard County, and the arts and humanities division is home to some of the most talented and inspiring music faculty educating thousands of students.”
With her gift, Farida has named a space in the Health Sciences Building. “By naming a space in the Health Sciences Building, I am honoring the nurses, many HCC graduates among them, that cared for my husband at Howard County General Hospital during his stay there from January to July, 2011.” Carrying on Dr. Guzdar’s legacy of generosity, family and friends helped the Guzdar Family Endowment reach the $25,000 minimum funds required to provide scholarships from interest earnings on the endowment within three short years. Scholarships will help students learn to play a musical instrument, preferably the piano. She shares that the secret to her success in fundraising was simply connecting with friends, family and fellow employees and sharing her story.
Farida believes that as a community we can help provide bright futures for students and change their lives forever. “The amount does not matter because each of us gives what we can. The joy of giving is knowing that your gift has made a difference in someone’s life.”