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$50,000 Gift to Support CAP Students

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Clinton Community College is excited to announce a $50,000 gift from Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family to support scholarships for local high schools students in Clinton’s College Advancement Program (CAP). Known as the “Stewart’s Shops and Dake Family CAP Scholarship,” the award is intended to support Clinton County high school students who are enrolled in Clinton’s College Advancement Program, and who have financial need.

“Increasing access to higher education opportunities, such as the College Advancement Program, positively affects low-income and underserved students and moreover contributes to students’ college persistence and degree completion,” states Dr. Michele Snyder, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clinton. “We are proud to be partnering with Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family to help fulfill this critical part of our mission.”

This fall the scholarship covered CAP tuition for 28 students in seven Clinton County school districts, totaling almost $10,000 and sponsoring 193 college credits. Students who receive the scholarship are eligible to apply for continued funding if they choose to attend Clinton following high school. The CCC Foundation plans to disburse the full $50,000 over the next 3 to 5 years.

“This investment in Clinton County students through Clinton Community College underscores the Dake Family’s commitment to educational opportunity and access for the students who need it most,” states CCC Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Steven Frederick. “We are confident that our students’ success will show the kind of return on investment that make gifts, such as this one, so valuable to our community.”

In response to receiving the scholarship, two students remark:

“Thank you for the opportunity to get a good start on my future college endeavors. Also, thank you for giving me the CAP scholarship and for believing in me.”

“This scholarship served as an initiative for me to take as many CAP courses that I could throughout high school, resulting in the enhancement of my learning experience in the classroom… it is a true privilege to take CAP courses, allowing me to challenge myself academically. I am truly honored to be a recipient of this scholarship.”

About the College Advancement Program

The College Advancement Program (CAP) exists to serve the needs of the local high school student population. CAP enables high school students to get a jump start on their college by receiving, simultaneously, both high school and college-level credit for their courses. The objective of this program is to provide high-performing students an affordable opportunity to experience college-level courses at their high school, and, as a result, improve their chances of being successful in their transition from secondary to post-secondary education. Students participating in CAP are non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) students of Clinton Community College and after finishing high school, their admission process to the college is simplified. Students enrolled in CAP must meet the same requirements as on-campus students. Approximately 500 high school students throughout Clinton County are currently enrolled in Clinton’s College Advancement Program. For more information about CAP, visit

CAP is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), the national organization that sets standards for concurrent enrollment programs and accredits those partnerships that meet the national standards. For more information about NACEP and the national standards, please see the organization’s website: