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Clinton scholarships given to two

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Family Trust recently awarded two $500 Martin Luther King Jr. scholarships to Clinton College juniors Byron McNeil and Lori Jordan, both of Rock Hill.

McNeil retired as a sergeant from the U.S. Army after 22 years and served tours in Iraq and Panama. He plans to graduate in December with a degree in religious studies.

“This scholarship tells me I’m doing something right,” he said, adding he wants to be a minister. “Other folks are watching me – especially the younger generation. I try to help coach and mentor them.”

Jordan, who is a licensed cosmetologist and worked with abused children for 15 years, plans to graduate in April 2016 with an associate’s degree in Business Administration. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University.

She decided to attend Clinton College because of great recommendations from members of her church, she said. “It’s close to home and financially affordable.”

Both say they’ll use the scholarships for books.

Family Trust has awarded $15,000 since the scholarship was created in 2000.

Pictured: Byron McNeil (left) and Lori Jordan (right)