Scholarship winner graduates with a 3.61 GPA

Letter from Michelle McGay

May, 2012


My last year of college was absolutely phenomenal.  I got my first 4.0 in the Fall Semester and I ended this semester with a 3.91.  Coming out of college I have an overall GPA of 3.61 and graduated cum laude.  Enough about the grades though.  I want to sincerely thank the Southampton Association for making my dream of going to college, a reality.  As the Scholarship Committee may remember, I was homeless for 7 summers in my life. It is amazing that I made it college, let alone graduated with honors.  I am the first in my family to get a Bachelor’s Degree and my family could not be any more proud.  The Southampton Association believed in me and so did my community; I am forever grateful.

  The next chapter in my life will be trying to find a job I enjoy. I have my degree in Sociology/Human Services and am looking to work in a field related to social work or a non-profit organization.  I want to share my knowledge and experiences with others, to empower them to make change in their lives.  My three internships at college were working in substance abuse, providing respite care to families with children who have autism, and working with youth in Sullivan county to establish their own business.  This sort of work is what I live and breathe.

   Again, thank you so much for your donation and support.  It meant the world to me.

Peace, Love & Happiness,

~Michelle McGay~

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa~

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