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McKinney Resident Earns Paralegal Scholarship



McKinney Resident Earns Paralegal Scholarship

Liana Morrow is the first Collin County Community College District paralegal student to get the DAPA scholarship. (Nick Young/Collin photographer)

December 16, 2005 - One paralegal student is a first for Collin County Community College District (Collin).

Liana Morrow, of McKinney, was the first Collin paralegal student to earn the Dallas Area Paralegal Association Scholarship totaling $600.

Morrow plans to graduate with an associate of applied science degree in paralegal studies in May and take her CLA Exam in March to become a certified paralegal. She plans to transfer to Texas Woman's University to pursue her bachelor's degree in government with an emphasis in legal studies.

"Receiving this scholarship is such an honor," Morrow said. "When I applied, I put more ferocity into the essay portion of my application, emphasizing a lot of what I had learned about the profession since I started at Collin last year and hoped that they would recognize what an excellent program we have."

Morrow cited the support of her husband, Michael, who has helped care for her two children, Hannah, 7, and Elizabeth, 3, while she went to school. She also is thankful for the support from paralegal professor Marsha Griggs.

"She has really challenged me and pushed me to succeed during my three semesters at Collin," Morrow said.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.