Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is expanding a college scholarship program that serves Hampden County, Mass., and Hartford County, Conn.[@@]

MassMutual, Springfield, Mass., and an affiliated foundation will be offering 25 $7,000 scholarships in each county.

The foundation will renew the scholarships for up to 4 years for students who maintain good grades, and that means the scholarships could have a total value of $28,000 for many recipients, MassMutual says.

In the past, the program offered 20 1-year scholarships in each county with a value of $5,000. Only 10 follow-on scholarships were available.

MassMutual also has introduced a scholarship program for eighth graders in Hampden and Hartford counties who want to attend private high schools.

More information about the college scholarship program is available at http://www.communityfoundation.org