MONTPELIER, Vt. – Community College of Vermont (CCV) student Alizabeth Longe has been chosen as this year’s recipient of CCV’s Karen Raylene Clark Memorial Scholarship. Clark was a longtime Academic Coordinator at CCV-Brattleboro who passed away in December 2015. The endowed scholarship fund was created to honor her passion for helping students persist in their studies, complete their degrees, and reach their career goals.
“It really means a lot to me to have received this scholarship,” said Longe, a first-generation student who knew Clark briefly and remembers her as a welcoming presence who helped Longe navigate her early days at CCV. “I anticipate that furthering my education will play a huge part in my future success and happiness in life. I truly believe that education opens so many doors that so many people don’t even know exist,” she said. Longe is studying business and hopes to continue on to a bachelor’s degree program in social media marketing and communications.
“Karen supported countless students in realizing their academic potential throughout her long career at CCV-Brattleboro,” said CCV President Joyce Judy. “We are proud to honor her legacy, which celebrates hard work, commitment, and the power of education, and we are grateful to her parents, family, and friends for making this scholarship possible.”
The endowment was established by Clark’s parents, Helen M. and T. Wayne Clark, who donated $25,000, and nearly $4,000 have been donated by other family and friends. Longe will receive her $1,000 award during the fall semester.