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Graduate Decides to Pay it Forward

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Morgan McKinney graduated from high school in May and has her higher education plans already in place. This is not unusual for a student like McKinney who embraced a desire to learn and established the goal for herself to attend one of the top ranked colleges in the nation. As a determined young student, McKinney decided to do whatever it took to meet her goals and believes part of her success is attributed to Clinton Community College’s College Advancement Program or CAP. It is for this reason McKinney has decided to “pay it forward” by establishing the Morgan McKinney Trail Blazer Scholarship at CCC to be awarded to a CAP student in the 08-09 school years.

McKinney began taking advantage of Clinton’s CAP program while in the tenth grade at high school. She continued taking CAP courses throughout her junior year and found many benefits to the challenging collegiate atmosphere. Her heightened expectations and new study skills were what led to the decision to complete her entire senior year at Clinton as a CAP student. As a result of her success, McKinney has been accepted and will be attending the prestigious Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts this fall to study Political Science. Morgan McKinney is the daughter of Karen and Milburn “Bosco” McKinney, Jr. of Plattsburgh.

McKinney explained, “My involvement at Clinton has been phenomenal and I hope the CAP program will continue to provide high school students with a challenging college experience that allows them to keep moving forward and forge their own path.”

Willow Nolland, CCC’s CAP Coordinator, said “It was wonderful to have Morgan spend her senior year at Clinton Community College. She is the perfect example of a successful CAP student. By establishing this scholarship, she is allowing another student to experience the immediate and future benefits the CAP program has to offer.”

Dr. Fred Woodward, CCC’s interim President stated, “The sign of a quality educational experience is the excitement the student feels when the experience has ended. Morgan’s expression through the establishment of this scholarship indicates her feelings about the education she has received at Clinton. We wish Morgan the very best as she transfers to Wellesley and continues on her educational quest.”

For information on CCC scholarships please go to the click on College Catalog, page 27.


CAP Student Morgan McKinney
L-R: Steve Frederick, Morgan McKinney, Karen McKinney, Miburn McKinney