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March 31, 2022

Enjoy multi-Platinum country music star Scotty McCreery while supporting JCCC students

It’s your chance to see Billboard chart-topper and Academy of Country Music Award winner Scotty McCreery while helping Johnson County Community College students achieve their dreams.

The Cohen Community Series concert with the multi-Platinum country music star will showcase hits from throughout McCreery's 10-year career, including songs from his new album, Same Truck. All proceeds from this concert will go to JCCC scholarships for students like Craig Stinnett and Emma King.

Scholarships can mean zero debt

Several years ago, Stinnett was looking for a career change. On disability, he was working with Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation to determine his options and decided JCCC’s Information Technology — Networking degree program was a good fit.

Because of the Cohen Community Series scholarship and others, Stinnett completed his associate degree in fall 2021 with no debt. He landed a great job with more pay and has many opportunities to use the skills he learned at JCCC.

“I was really concerned about how I was going to pay for college,” Stinnett says. “Being on disability and a fixed income, raising a family, I didn’t want to get into student loans. But scholarships like the Cohen scholarship helped take care of my college expenses so I could focus on my classes and graduate with a 3.95 GPA and no debt.”

Scholarships reduce financial stress

King started in JCCC’s Paralegal program, but while taking classes decided instead to become a lawyer. She was in JCCC’s Honors Program, achieved a 4.0 GPA every semester and graduated in the fall of 2021 with an Associate of Arts degree. She’s received a scholarship to the University of Missouri-Kansas City to study political science beginning next fall.

After law school, King’s goal is to work in personal injury law. She feels strongly about this area of law because of a tragedy she and her family experienced when she was in elementary school. She would also like to run for political office.

“The scholarships I received, including four semesters of the Cohen scholarship, allowed me to go to school full-time while I worked on the side rather than go to school part-time while I worked full-time,” King says. Although she has a photography business and worked as a nanny and tutor, the scholarship removed the pressure to work more, allowing her to focus on school.

“I always encourage students to apply for scholarships at JCCC,” King says. “It’s an easy one-step application and there’s a good chance you’ll get one.”

JCCC grants millions of dollars in scholarships every year to qualified students.

McCreery brings his Same Truck to JCCC

With a down-to-earth demeanor that endears fans around the world, McCreery last fall released his highly anticipated fifth album, Same Truck, featuring 12 songs, with 10 co-written by him. The North Carolina native was catapulted into stardom when, at 17, he won season 10 of “American Idol” in 2011. He was both the first country artist and youngest male artist at the time to debut their first project at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

Since then, McCreery has earned a Platinum and two Gold albums, sang for a president, opened for Garth Brooks, toured with Old Dominion, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts, wrote a book (“Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream”) and made Steve Harvey laugh on “Celebrity Family Feud.”

A gift to students and the community

The Cohen Community Series was inaugurated in 2008 through a gift from Jon Stewart, former vice chairman of the JCCC Board of Trustees, JCCC alumnus and former president of Metcalf Bank. It was established in honor of the late Barton P. Cohen, president of Metcalf Bancshares, vice chairman and general counsel of Metcalf Bank and an attorney with Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP.

Previous Cohen Community Series presenters have included Phil Vassar, Josh Turner, Lonestar, Sawyer Brown, Tracy Lawrence, Diamond Rio, George Will, Marcus Buckingham and Vince Gill.