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The Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Courtney Clifford. Courtney bravely battled ovarian cancer for five years and was a thyroid cancer survivor, having been diagnosed at the age of 14.

The goal of the Courtney Clifford Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to a deserving senior at Portsmouth High School who is planning to attend a university/college of their choice. The scholarship will reward a student who best exemplifies Courtney's achievements and character.

Courtney was a valedictorian of the Class of 2001 at Portsmouth High School. While at P.H.S., she was an All-State Athlete in tennis, basketball and softball, senior class president and football homecoming queen.

Courtney graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was also a member of the women’s tennis team. She was president of the Public Relations Student Society of America and event chairperson of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on the campus of UNCC. Courtney was also involved with the Catholic Campus Youth Ministry.

Following graduation from UNCC, Courtney was employed by American Tennis Professionals (ATP) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Shortly following her employment, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and returned home to begin the fight of her life.

Courtney untiringly advocated for herself and others affected by cancer. She attended Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Summits in Texas and at Ohio State University. She also attended the National Ovarian Cancer Alliance Conference in Washington D.C. Courtney will be remembered for her cancer awareness efforts and her selfless work to ensure that someday cancer will be eradicated.

Courtney's journey in the cancer world showed her intense fight and drive to never give up hope. She has touched many lives with her courage and strength, according to her family and friends.

“Courtney passed away from this terrible disease on February 11, 2011 at the age of 28, but she will continue to touch lives through this scholarship fund and ovarian cancer awareness,” said her mother, Mary Clifford.

Courtney was recognized as a woman of courage through her remarkable acts of strength when confronted with adversity. She served as a role model to family, friends and the community-at-large for her selfless fortitude in striving to overcomethe challenges thrust upon her and the difference she made in the lives of others.

The Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund is held with The Scioto Foundation, P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662, a non-profit community foundation. The Scioto Foundation is responsible for accepting contributions, investing and managing the fund. Donations to the fund are tax deductible.

Income from the fund will be distributed to the award-winning students university/college based on eligibility and the recommendations of the Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Committee.

In addition to individual contributions, the fund will benefit from special fundraising events. To contribute to Courtney's fund online click here.


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