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Concord Grad Receives "Achiever" Award at State Association Meeting

Concord Grad Receives “Achiever” Award at State Association Meeting

Athens, W.Va. - Michael O’Dell was recently named the W.Va. TRIO Achiever at the 2004 WVAEOPP (West Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel) fall conference in Virginia Beach, Va. TRIO Programs are federally funded outreach programs available to assist first-generation, low income, and underrepresented students in overcoming barriers to higher education. The TRIO Achiever Award recognizes perseverance, academic achievement, and community service among TRIO program participants.

Mr. O’Dell is a powerhouse within the TRIO community! He embraced the college experience as an academic standout at Concord and change agent in his hometown of Fayetteville, W.Va. His academic success opened doors to additional opportunities including induction into the Alpha Chi Honor Society and acceptance into the McNair Scholars Program. As a 2002 McNair Scholar, he worked diligently with Charles Autrey of the Concord business division to examine the Balanced Scorecard Principle and its application at Concord University. Throughout his undergraduate career, Mr. O’Dell also devoted considerable time and effort to community involvement. He initiated or collaborated with fellow volunteers to coordinate numerous local activities and events such as the Fayetteville Citizen’s Forum and Meet the Candidates and the Fayette County Flood Relief Campaign. He also held leadership positions in religious organizations and served on various advisory boards. According to Mr. O’Dell, “The McNair Scholars Program allowed me to become the person I have wanted to become but never thought I could achieve. It broadened my horizons as a nontraditional student, helped me focus academically, and allowed me to see a whole new world of opportunity that I never thought available to me.” Mr. O’Dell is currently a first-year law student at West Virginia University.

For more information on the McNair Scholars Program or other TRIO Programs, please contact Dr. Marjie Flanigan at 1-304-384-5326 or visit the U.S. Department of Education website: For more information on WVAEOPP, the state organization of TRIO staff, please contact Mr. Darrell Taylor at 1-304-384-6074.