Kimberly Gwin

When Kimberly Gwin graduated from Molalla High School in 2008, she looked at several major universities before selecting CCC. Clackamas was close to home so she could keep her job at a local store and stay near her mother who was battling cancer.

Kim was president of her class at Molalla High School and moved into the Associated Student Government campus activities office position at CCC. At Clackamas, she found the knowledge and support to succeed. She also applied for CCC scholarships.

Kim received several CCC Foundation scholarships. She earned her Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree and went to PSU for a bachelor’s degree.  She was one of 30 recipients among 800 applicants to receive a Ford Family Scholarship, covering 90 percent of college costs, including graduate school.

Kim completed a master’s degree in school counseling at Lewis & Clark College. She is now working as a school counselor. She plans to continue on to earn a doctorate.

“I can’t imagine what my life would have been like had I not started here . . . At Clackamas I had the opportunity to thrive and figure out what I wanted to do.”

Scholarships and transfer degrees have helped many resourceful students, like Kim, reach their education goals.