The Odethell Y. McKinney Memorial Scholarship
The Angie Kennedy Educational Foundation is proud to sponsor the Odethell Y. McKinney Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to a student at Claflin University. Odethell (Young) McKinney was a consummate educator. She was born in Belton, South Carolina. She attended the public schools in South Carolina and North Carolina. She attended Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina and transferred to Claflin College in Orangeburg, S.C. after her sophomore year. She excelled in her studies at Claflin and ranked in the top ten of her class. She graduated from Claflin in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Ms. McKinney began her career in Education in Pickens, S.C. She also worked in the Sumter, S.C. school district before landing a teaching position in St. Matthews, S.C. (Calhoun County School District), where she would remain until retirement. She had an excellent reputation as a highly effective educator, motivator, and disciplinarian. Her stellar career was capped off when she was voted Teacher of the Year at Bethlehem Elementary School by her peers in 1987-1988. She was ultimately chosen among five finalists to represent Calhoun County as Teacher of the Year. She retired at the top of her game in 1988.
Ms. McKinney always credited her success to the guidance and mentoring she received at Claflin. To show her appreciation for the type of education she obtained, even on a fixed income, she faithfully gave to Claflin’s annual fund. She was extremely proud when her grandson, Antoine Marshall, entered Claflin University in 2005, exactly fifty years after she first stepped foot on campus. Due to the love she had for Claflin University, it is appropriate to initiate the Odethell Y. McKinney Memorial Scholarship to a deserving student.
The recipient must: