Mottley scholarship recipient says donor support inspires
People of all ages look to the sky and wonder why it rains, question what causes hurricanes and ask what will happen next.
Twenty-two-year-old WestConn junior meteorology student Carrington "C.J." Klopfer said his interest in meteorology began with the musings so many of us share.
"I've been interested in weather — its causes and effects — for a long time," he said.
Klopfer's interest was fueled by additional curiosity as the Cromwell resident pursued an associate's in environmental science degree at Briarwood College. Since transferring to WestConn in fall 2004 to pursue his bachelor of science degree, Klopfer has immersed himself in the subject; he took three meteorology courses at once during the spring semester. He also earned the highest grade point average in his major, making him the recipient of the Jonathan Mottley Meteorology Scholarship for the 2005-06 academic year.
"It's a wonderful incentive to keep up my grades and keep going for my degree," Klopfer said of the $1,000 scholarship. "I'm very appreciative because it will help me continue going to school."
Lewis and Mary Ellen Mottley, the parents of deceased WestConn meteorology student Jonathan Mottley, established the endowed scholarship in their son's memory after his 1996 death in a car crash. They said they want the scholarship to help students interested in the same field that fascinated their son.
"We see it as a way to honor students' accomplishments in the pursuit of meteorology, and it gives them some money to continue their studies," Lewis Mottley said. "We also hope other students will hear about this scholarship. Our wish is that it might entice more young people to pursue their interest in meteorology."
Klopfer said he is grateful to the Mottleys and others who have donated to the scholarship fund for their generosity. He urges those who may be thinking about creating or donating to a scholarship fund to understand that their giving has a direct impact on students' lives.
"Scholarships definitely help a great deal," he said. "They can make a real difference for students."
With the support of the Mottley Scholarship, Klopfer said he's looking forward to his senior year, and he'll keep trying to answer those age-old questions about the weather.
Call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (203) 837-8298 for more information about ways you can support students' educational pursuits.