BCC Alum of the Month

Issue: # 3 November/2009
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In celebration of Berkshire Community College's 50th year, we are proud to feature the BCC Alum of the Month!  Throughout the 2009-2010 academic year, we will spotlight outstanding alumni who have made exceptional contributions to their professions or communities.  Through distribution of this E-Newsletter, we seek to recognize alumni who are doing interesting things in the world, and to celebrate the rich diversity of BCC alumni over the past 50 years.

Kelly Samuels '04, Liberal Arts
Kelly Samuels
Kelly is currently in her third and final year at Western New England College School of Law and lives in Pittsfield. 
This past summer, Kelly received a grant from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation to work at Western Mass Legal Services as a Legal Intern Fellow in the Housing Program.  The Massachusetts Bar Foundation awards these very competitive awards to the most promising law students to encourage careers in public interest law.

Kelly's mother attended BCC and was in the first graduating class of the Physical Therapy Assistant program.  After taking some classes earlier, Kelly returned to Berkshire Community College in the summer of 2002 as a non-traditional student and the mother of a three-month old daughter. As she completed her Associate's Degree, her daughter attended the Norman Rockwell Childcare Center on campus.  In fact, Kelly remembers sitting in class and watching her daughter go for her daily walk with the other children.  Kelly was a member of TRIO  while at BCC, a program that assists non-traditional college students.  She feels "it was the welcoming and supportive atmosphere at BCC" that gave her the confidence to continue her education.

 After graduating from BCC, Kelly transferred to Smith College as an Ada Comstock scholar, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007, with a major in government studies, and a minor in African studies.  She was accepted into Western New England College School of Law with an Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Scholarship.  This full-tuition scholarship  is awarded to students who have scored in the top 20% of the LSAT nationally and have finished at or near the top of their undergraduate classes.  In order to retain the scholarship, recipients must remain in the top 25% of their class.  Kelly has also received the Marjorie A. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship for unusual determination in overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of a legal education.    
Dean Gaudio and Kelly Samuels
Says Kelly:  "I would be be very happy to offer any support or guidance to current and future students that may be struggling to balance going back to school with children; it can be done!"
"We are very proud of Kelly," said School of Law Dean Arthur Gaudio, pictured above.  "She's a talented and hardworking student who still finds time to give back to her community."
The BCC community is proud of Kelly too.  She is a model alumna!  

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