Montpelier, Vt. — Today, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Karen Raylene Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund. A longtime Academic Coordinator at CCV-Brattleboro who passed away in December 2015, Karen Clark believed strongly in the value of hard work, commitment, and in the power of learning from our life experiences. For more than fifteen years, Clark instilled these values in the students she advised.
Her family and friends have created this endowed scholarship fund to honor Clark’s memory and her passion for helping students persist in their studies, complete their degrees, and reach their career goals. Clark’s parents, Helen M. Clark and T. Wayne Clark, established the endowment along with dozens of other family members and friends.
The first scholarship from the fund will be awarded to CCV-Brattleboro student Cheryl Caldwell-Lahue, who will receive $1,000 during the fall semester. Caldwell-Lahue was Clark’s advisee, and is currently majoring in criminal justice with a 4.0 GPA.
“Karen believed deeply in the power of education to improve lives, and she was guided every day by that belief in her work at CCV,” said CCV President Joyce Judy. “This scholarship fund will continue her legacy by supporting students as they pursue a better future. I appreciate Karen’s parents, family, and friends coming together to make this endowment possible, and I congratulate Cheryl on receiving the first scholarship award.”
“This Karen Clark Memorial Scholarship means a great deal to me because Karen Clark was not only my advisor, she was my biggest educational supporter,” said scholarship recipient Cheryl Caldwell-Lahue. “Karen helped me to understand how I learn best, which can be summed up by this quote: ‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.’”
The fund will award two $1,000 scholarships per year. CCV welcomes additional gifts in Clark’s honor to help grow the Karen Raylene Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund over time. To contribute, visit http://ccv.edu/alumni-friends/ways-to-give/.