Megan Cordrey honored as Matt Haley Award recipient

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Megan Cordrey, an early childhood education major from Georgetown, was honored as the first recipient of the Matt Haley Award at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus.

GEORGETOWN – Megan Cordrey, an early childhood education major from Georgetown, was honored as the first recipient of the Matt Haley Award at the 2015 Celebration of Student Life at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus.

The award is given to a student who exemplifies a commitment of giving back to the community.

Megan, a 2015 graduate, was president of the Education Club in 2014-15 and led the club in activities on campus such as the Education Club book fair, a Mardi Gras educational event, and an activity for the campus Roady Fest celebration.

She also organized planting flowers at the campus Child Development Center for Earth Day and a Holiday Project Gear for the New Year initiative luncheon with building administrators from local school districts.

Off campus, Megan volunteered with the Chrysanthemum Reading Project, an anti-bullying campaign, at Banneker Elementary School in Milford, as well as the Buddy Walk to support Down Syndrome and the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics. ]

In addition, she also helped Howard T. Ennis school decorate for their prom.

The award is named in remembrance of local restaurateur, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Matt Haley, who died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while on a humanitarian mission in Nepal and India.

The award honors Mr. Haley’s legacy of making a difference in the county, state, and global community.

Before his untimely death, Mr. Haley received the 2014 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award and was the 2014 Commencement speaker at the Owens Campus.

To be eligible for the award a student must submit a log of volunteer service for the previous 12 months, a student reflection explaining how their volunteerism made a difference in the community and supported their understanding about the importance of volunteerism, and a recommendation letter that identifies how the student’s actions benefit the lives of others and the local community. The selection committee for the award includes representatives from the divisions of instruction, student affairs, and the student body.

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