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Clarkson University Junior To Receive Steve Neely Scholarship

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St. Clair, Mich., and Potsdam, N.Y. — Steve Neely of St. Clair, Mich., was a sophomore majoring in computer engineering at Clarkson University when a freak auto accident took the 18-year-old's life in September 1995.  In his short time, Steve's "can do" attitude greatly affected everyone who came in contact with him.neely99

Graduating from high school at the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Steve Neely actively participated in hockey, golf and soccer.  His friends say that he was a quiet, natural leader in everything he did.

Desiring to perpetuate the memory of this outstanding young man, Steve's family and friends formed the Steve Neely Memorial Foundation, which provides for a scholarship at Clarkson in Steve's name.  They desired to remind others of Steve's quiet strength, and inspire them to try a little harder when things get rough.

"We felt that it was very important that Steve get the best education possible," said Steve's parents, William and Sharlene Neely.  "Now we want to make this happen for other young men and women of Steve's caliber.  Today, more than ever, a good college program is the key to a promising future."   

Clarkson recently selected the second Neely Scholar.  Danielle Peterson is a junior majoring in Computer Engineering.  Danielle is from Rochester, N.Y.,and was chosen as the Steve Neely scholar among several applicants by introducing herself, her personal and career goals through an essay to the Steve Neely Memorial Foundation.   The first Neely Scholar, Michael Hogan, graduated in May 1999 and is employed with Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Since entering Clarkson University (a dream she has had since her sophomore year in high school), Danielle has achieved Dean's List recognition every semester.

This past August, Danielle and her brother George participated in the 4th Annual Golf Outing in St. Clair, Michigan as guests of the Neely family at the St. Clair Golf Club.   The proceeds of the Neely Golf Outing are directed to the Steve Neely Memorial Foundation.  Over 200 people participated in the golf outing and the dinner following the event.

"I'm highly honored to be the recipient of this Scholarship," said Peterson.  "This Scholarship is even more meaningful to me, being it was created in memory of a student like Steve whose impact on Clarkson is still felt today."

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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