Growing up on a subsistence farm in a family of farmers and factory workers, thoughts of higher education were beyond imaginable for Carolyn Klinger. That changed during Carolyn's senior year of high school when Mr. Kitzmiller, the vice-principal of Upper Dauphin High School, introduced her to the idea of going to college. At first, her parents were resistant due to the costs associated with college, but later they supported her decision and were determined to find a way to make it work.
Thanks to a SICO scholarship, earnings from her part-time job, and financial support from her parents, Carolyn graduated from Shippensburg State College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.
Carolyn taught elementary school in Baltimore County, Maryland, and later in Yonkers, New York. After raising her three children, she returned to school and earned her master’s degree in clinical social work. Carolyn worked in geriatric home care services, and later with incarcerated mothers.
Many years have passed, and Carolyn still asks herself, "Where would I be today had I not had the opportunity to attend college?" In gratitude to those who helped her to receive a college education, she has established this scholarship to assist others on their path to pursuing a college degree.
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