First CCC Dr. Blake scholarship recipients now honor graduates
CLARKSDALE – From tuition, room and board, to books and other fees—imagine how much easier college would be if the weight of those expenses were lifted off your shoulders.
Two recent Coahoma Community College graduates can nor testify to how much easier it was thanks to the generous donation of Coahoma Community College and Agricultural High School alumnus Dr. J. Steven Blake.

First CCC Dr. Blake scholarship recipients now honor graduates

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Tue Jun 2, 2015

CLARKSDALE – From tuition, room and board, to books and other fees—imagine how much easier college would be if the weight of those expenses were lifted off your shoulders.

Two recent Coahoma Community College graduates can nor testify to how much easier it was thanks to the generous donation of Coahoma Community College and Agricultural High School alumnus Dr. J. Steven Blake.

Dr. Blake is the President of Blake Gastroenterology Associates, LLC in Philadelphia. Two years ago, he implemented a generous endowment to CCC with the goal of helping students achieve academic success while simultaneously paying it forward to the institution that helped to launch his own collegiate career.

In the Fall of 2013, Miracle Williams of Clarksdale, MS and Marquisha Lester of Jonestown, MS were recognized as the first CCC students to become recipients of a scholarship funded through the $100,000 endowment from Dr. Blake’s foundation.

Now, the two recently graduated with honors, citing Blake’s generosity as one of the main reasons why they’ve had a successful matriculation at CCC with plans to continue their educational pursuits at 4-year universities.

Through the endowment, Williams and Lester received full-tuition scholarships and $250 for books per semester throughout their two years at CCC.

The scholarships are divided into two categories: the Blake Scholar, in honor of Blake’s later parents Alfred and Irma Blake, and the President “McKinley” Martin Scholar, in honor of CCC’s former president who served from 1980 to 1992.  Recipients were chosen based on a list of criteria including leadership demonstration, financial need and academic ability.

Williams, who is also a member of CCC’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society, is continuing towards her goal of becoming a Computer Engineer, while Lester is a Social Work major.

Blake said he hopes his kind gesture will motivate others to “pay it forward” as well.