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Morrisville State College Student Receives National Coca-Cola Award

MORRISVILLE, NY—Throughout his life, Michael Godfrey has preferred to be in the middle of the action instead of sitting on the sidelines watching things happen.

It is no exception at Morrisville State College where as a student he ha s taken an active role in college life, excelling both academically and as a campus leader.

Godfrey’s involvement has reaped numerous on-campus award s, but his professors and classmates are not the only ones who have recognized his commitment toward his education and the campus community.

Godfrey, a second-year business administration student, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. He is one of 400 recipients to receive the nationwide award which is based on academic achievement and community service. The Coca-Cola Scholars program is one of the most recognized and respected corporate-sponsored scholarships in America.

“The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program gives support and encouragement to an under-served population of college students,” J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, said. “The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program is an extension of our long- standing commitment to college education throughout the United States. These fine students, who often juggle school, work and family, continue to give back to their communities through volunteer service.”

“To me, the future is full of possibilities and different paths that can lead to success,” Godfrey said. “I always want to be a person who is involved with making things happen.”

And that’s just what he has done on the Morrisville State College campus.

During his first year, Godfrey, of Morrisville, became active in the college’s Commuter Student Organization (CSO), served as president/group leader of the Morrisville State College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), secretary, treasurer and Student Government Organization (SGO) representative for the CSO, vice-president of Sigma Alpha Lambda, The Society of Success and Leadership chapter at Morrisville State College, and an editor on the yearbook staff.

This semester, he has been appointed to serve as secretary of SGO.

“Michael is an exceptional student who is very goal-directed and is also interested and dedicated to everything he does,” said Al Muss, assistant professor of business administration, and advisor of the college’s SIFE team.

Godfrey was part of the Morrisville SIFE team that won a Personal Finance Caption Award at the SIFE Regional Competition held this year in New York City. SIFE is an organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students the opportunity to take what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, using their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach projects.

In addition to his volunteer service, Godfrey excelled academically and was named to Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, Kappa Beta Delta, the business honor society, and the Dean’s List. Additionally, he received several scholarships including the Morrisville State College Foundation Scholarship, Jill Yorton Award, Taze R. Huntley Scholarship, IBM ThinkPad Scholarship and the Key Bank Award.

A 2004 graduate of Morrisville-Eaton Central School, Godfrey was also involved in many organizations and activities throughout high school, including the National Honor Society, yearbook staff, ski club, marching band and jazz band. He was also involved in The AIDS Walk for Life, bottle drives, bloodmobiles, various club and school fundraisers and Students Against Drunk Driving (S.A.D.D.)

Godfrey chose to attend Morrisville State College because of its diverse academic offerings and proximity to his home.

Getting involved has opened his eyes to many things and has enhanced his college experiences.

“I enjoy meeting new people and learning about different points of view,” Godfrey said. “I have also realized that everything you do now and everything you learn applies at some time to another aspect of your life.”

Being involved in so many activities does pose some challenges.

“There were many late nights and there were many mornings when I had to wake up early to finish homework or another project,” Godfrey said, “but I’m disciplined and never lose sight of my goals.”

Time management skills and organization have helped him juggle school and campus involvement.

Godfrey keeps himself busy on school breaks too, working full-time in the college’s Physical Plant Department, this summer as a member of the paint crew.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends, playing tennis and drawing.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships.

Godfrey is the son of JoAnn and James L. Godfrey, of Morrisville.

Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.