Kelly McNaughton - Building Foundations And Dreams

Kelly McNaughton

2014 Recipient

Kelly McNaughton

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. will provide the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship to seven hard-working college students in 2014. The annual scholarship is awarded to Alejandro Hincapie, Brittany Amoroso, Raquel Beckford, Breanne Springstead, Aissatou Diallo, Keilon La Barrie, Jennifer Teets and Kelly McNaughton.

Degrees: Business Management and Labor Studies

The Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship is funded through the Building Foundations charity, founded by Adam Leitman Bailey in 2008. The charity’s mission is to assist students of all ages in pursuing their professional and personal dreams by providing financing, scholarships, education, internships, real-life experience and any other tools necessary to reach these dreams.





Kelly McNaughton Updates Adam Leitman Bailey on her Progress Through Law School in 2019

I hope you and your family are well! I have been very busy with adjusting to law school these past few months. I finished my first semester at Rutgers Law with a 3.943 GPA, and I am hoping to maintain that this semester as I tackle harder classes including Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and Property. I am finding Property Law particularly interesting, and I think we are getting to some landlord and tenant issues soon. This summer I will be interning at Partners for Women and Justice, an organization that represents domestic violence victims, which I hope will be both challenging and rewarding. I often think of my time interning in your office and how much it has helped to prepare me for law school.


Kelly McNaughton

“So many great experiences, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I really learned so much and I am so grateful to Adam because without this experience I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
“Adam continues to inspire me with this generosity and his mentorship. I owe so much of my success in college to his guidance and continued support.” Kelly McNaughton Updates us on her Progress as we Move into 2017

I hope all is well with you! This semester I will be interning Easterseals as an Human Resource Intern. Easterseals is a non-profit that helps adults with disabilities, and I am hoping to learn as much as I can and really immerse myself in what the organization has to offer.

In addition, as President of Rutgers Project Sunshine, a community service organization, my goal for 2017 is to schedule even more hospital visits and continue to help change the lives of children. I hope to come up with even more creative craft ideas and to continue to support the caregivers of these children.

Another goal for 2017 is to continue to do well in school and work towards getting into a great law school. Adam continues to inspire me with this generosity and his mentorship. I owe so much of my success in college to his guidance and continued support. The lessons and life skills I learned working at ALBPC have given me the confidence to keep getting internships and never stop asking questions.


Kelly McNaughton

Kelly McNaughton, scholarship winner, updates us on her progress
Kelly McNaughton Thanks Adam Leitman Bailey

“Thank you very much Adam Leitman Bailey for presenting me with the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship. It was such an honor to not only intern at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. but also to have you come to the scholarship dinner and present me with this award!”

Kelly McNaughton was an intern at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. during the summer of 2013. She will be attending Rutgers University in Fall 2014.


2017 Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholars Luncheon

Scholarship recipients, old and new, joined Adam Leitman Bailey on at the new firm offices Thursday, July 27th, 2017 for the annual Scholars Luncheon. Taking in the scenery everyone reflected upon their time at the firm, thanking Adam for the opportunities and experiences he provided.

Each year, Adam Leitman Bailey,P.C., in conjunction with Building Foundations and Dreams, sits down with these inspiring students (from the most recent university graduates to rising college freshmen) to honor their hard work and celebrate their outstanding achievements, both inside and out of the classroom. At the annual luncheon, the recipients have the chance to talk one-on-one with Mr. Bailey, network with one another, and provide Mr. Bailey with their latest updates – new jobs, awards received in the previous semester, and other exciting adventures in their personal and professional lives. This year was particularly special, as it marked the tenth year of the scholarship’s existence.

Scholarship Winners - Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

2016 Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholars Luncheon

On Friday, June 17th, 2016 recipients of the Raymond “Hap” Harrison sat down with Adam Leitman Bailey for the annual Scholarship Luncheon. At the luncheon, three new recipients, Ashley Brito, Chabely Jorge, and Sefany Lazieh, were honored with the scholarship honoring their hard work both academically and at the firm. The group also celebrated the graduation of one recipient, Breanne Springstead, who graduated from Rutgers University in May. Ms. Springstead thanked Adam Leitman Bailey saying, “Thank you, because without the scholarship, my time at Rutgers would have been totally different.” Receiving the scholarship has changed her life and has given her the tools she needed to graduate in the top 2% of her class.

These luncheons give the students time to talk with Mr. Bailey, seek advice from him and catch up. This year, there was a special guest via Skype, Raymond Harrison himself spoke to the group, sharing words of wisdom. Raymond Harrison was a track coach at New Milford High School and was a mentor to Adam Leitman Bailey, and in turn Mr. Bailey named the scholarship after him. Mr. Harrison shared how proud he is of the students and of Adam Leitman Bailey for his continued generosity in providing the scholarship year after year.

Throughout the lunch, the students reflected on their time with the firm and discussed what being a scholarship winner means to them. Each and every one of them would not be where they were today without both the financial support and mentorship given to them by Adam Leitman Bailey. The scholarship program has grown every year since it’s creation in 2008.

“This has been a learning experience like no other and even as the years go by, and we’re all in college now or going to be in college, we’re still learning form Adam, every single day, every time we contact him and I think that’s really amazing”

Hi, I’m Stefany Lazieh. Hi, I’m Breanne Springstead. Hi, I’m Jennifer Teets. Hi, I’m Chabely Jorge. Hi, I’m Ashley Brito. Hi, I’m Kelly McNaughton. We are the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship winners.

SL: I have just received the Raymond “Hap” Harrison scholarship and I will be attending Rutgers University in the fall. I will be studying Premed and possibly major in microbiology or biochemistry.

BS: I just graduated Rutgers University in New Brunswick. I majored in Communications, with minors in Phycology and Human Resource Management.

JT: I’m about to go into my last year at the College of New Jersey. I am a Sociology major with a minor in Public Health.

CJ: I just received the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship and I’ll be attending Columbia University this fall, and I plan to major in Political Science

AB: I have just received the Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship, and I plan to attend Fordham in the fall. I hope to major in Political Science.

Q. What does receiving the scholarship mean to you?

KM: I am going into my junior year at Rutgers University and I am studying Business Management and Labor Studies. So as a recipient of this scholarship, I have been able to not have to take out loans to go to college, which is something that has really been a blessing because it has allowed me to accomplish so much. I’m so grateful for it, because you know it’s hard to go to college and have these opportunities and I see my friends, you know, struggling with loans and for me it’s just freedom to do what I want, to major in what I want and really just get the most out of my experience without worrying about the financial side of it.

BS: So, other than the financial side of having the scholarship, it really has taught me time management because I had to keep a GPA above 3.75 so you really have to study and get your work done, but also obviously mental health wise you can’t just sit and study all day, so I was able to figure out how to balance studying, having fun, maintaining my grades and then because of having to maintain my grades, I ended up graduating in the top 2% of my class.

JT: Of course the financial aspect of the scholarship has been extremely valuable. I was able to study abroad for a whole semester in Barcelona, which financially can be a burden, but it was an opportunity that I wish everyone could have. In addition to the financial aspect, just having Adam’s mentorship has been extremely valuable to me. He’s helped me pursue different internships and positions sort of in his field with connections that he has, but he’s also helped me pursue thing that are not so aligned with his interests and that is extremely valuable. He goes above and beyond to help in something that doesn’t really know about, like healthcare for example.

CJ: I’m very honored and excited to have received this from Adam, because that means that I demonstrated a lot of hard work and dedication. His mentorship is probably the thing that I am most looking forward to and also all the experiences that receiving the scholarship can have, and above all the money will also help, for study abroad or anything else I’d like to do, especially since I want to go in South Africa for my major so, I hope that I can do that.

SL: I know that this scholarship will open so many opportunities for me in college and in the future, and I’m really grateful that Adam has allowed me to take this money and apply it to medical school, which I know can be an extreme financial burden. Not only has Adam provided me with his mentorship for college, but he has also opened the door for me to study medicine and any kind of medicine that I hope to pursue in the future.

AB: For me, applying to college was a lot about the financial aspect. I didn’t want to burden my mother, my parents, or my family in general with a lot of debt, so for me the scholarship really means that I got to go to a school that’s quite frankly, very expensive and the scholarship really helped me kind of finalize my decision and realize that I could do it, so there was a lot of financial benefit for me. I think that additionally, the scholarship is additional motivation for me in my education because I know that looking at it, and even looking at the plaque in the future it’s like someone believes in me, and it will be motivation for me to continue and pursue my education further.

KM: More than just the scholarship, it’s really Adam himself being there for each and every one of us. He really goes above and beyond to make sure that we have everything we need to succeed, and you know it’s not even about the money at the end of the day because it’s about him emailing us, checking in on us and that’s the part of being a scholarship winner that is most important.

Q. Thoughts and takeaways:

CJ: I want to say thank you to Adam for having given me this opportunity.

BS: I just want to say thank you, without the scholarship, my time at Rutgers would have been totally different, and I just want to say thank you because despite the fact that I worked here five years ago, I’m still getting help from Adam, he’s helping me find a full time job now that I’ve graduated and it’s amazing. It’s honestly a lifelong help just to be here.

KM: This has been a learning experience like no other and even as the years go by, and we’re all in college now or going to be in college, we’re still learning form Adam, every single day, every time we contact him and I think that’s really amazing, so thank you.

AB: Even though Adam and I may not work personally, Adam was always checking in, going are you okay? How is the college process going?, and he even gave me advice about which college to choose, so I appreciate all of his support and, more than that, I appreciate the mentorship that I know will come from the scholarship.

SL: I just want to thank Adam especially for, not only the scholarship, but for all the experience I’ve had.