Concord Student Receives One of Two “Educational Opportunity” Scholarships Offered in the State

For Immediate Release: 
May 09 2004

Concord Student Receives One of Two “Educational Opportunity” Scholarships Offered in the State

Athens, W.Va. - J. Matthew “Matt” McCormick, from Seth, W.Va., is one of two recipients of the West Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (WVAEOPP) scholarships awarded to college TRIO students for 2003-2004.

WVAEOPP scholarships recognize TRIO Program participants statewide who excel academically, exemplify the spirit of TRIO, and engage in community service and co-curricular activities.

What is TRIO? In the 1960s, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. The programs were funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the “TRIO” programs, because initially only three were launched. Currently, TRIO supports eight programs. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Matt is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, and was listed on the Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges, as well as the College’s dean’s list for 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Along with his studies in political science, Matt serves as president of the Student Organization for Understanding Politics (SOUP) and the Concord College Gun Club. He participates in the Honors Program, Phi Alpha Delta, and conducts research on voting technology in conjunction with the McNair Scholars Program. He is also a Student Support Services student and tutor.

Following graduation in May 2005, Matt plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political science and teach in this field at the collegiate level.

Matt stated that, “TRIO Programs have opened the door to numerous much needed benefits, eased the burden of college life, and provided a foundation on which to build the future.”

“We are extremely pleased that Matt received this highly competitive scholarship! A number of qualified students from West Virginia colleges and universities were eligible for the award, and it is wonderful that Matt’s achievements were recognized for this honor,” noted Dr. Marjie Flanigan, director for Student Support Services and interim director for the McNair Scholars Program.

For more information on Student Support Services or the McNair Scholars Program, please contact Dr. Marjie Flanigan at 1-304-384-5326 or


PHOTO: Matt McCormick