Ashland Community and Technical College recognized 2013-14 scholarship recipients and donors October 2 at the annual Scholarship Reception.
This fall, ACTC awarded 136 scholarships, with an annual value of $198,000, according to Dr. Kay Adkins, ACTC President and CEO.
“Scholarships are a valuable financial resource for our students and can sometimes mean the difference between going to college and not being able to go to college,” said Dr. Adkins. “At ACTC, about 80% of our students receive some sort of financial aid, and scholarships are part of the financial aid package.”
“I congratulate the students who have earned these scholarships, and I thank the donors who made the scholarships possible,” Dr. Adkins said. “We host this reception to allow the recipients and donors to meet and share their experiences.”
The reception was held at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in Ashland.
ACTC scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or the potential for academic success, as well as other criteria developed by scholarship donors. The reception honored recipients who received scholarships from local and state funds that have selection processes which are administered by the college.
Although scholarship recipients come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of career goals, they share an aspiration for a better life. They also share an appreciation for the scholarships that will help them achieve their college goals.
“This scholarship takes the stress out of paying for college, and I get the same quality as a university,” said Jessie E. Spears, a pre-nursing student from Ashland who received a KCTCS Presidential Scholarship. A 2013 Boyd County High School graduate, she took college classes while in high school for a head start on her college education.
“It’s awesome to get a scholarship,” said Laken Houston, a Greenup County High School graduate from Argillite who received a N.O. Kimbler Scholarship.
Houston will finish AA and AS degrees at ACTC in December and then transfer to Morehead State University (MSU) as an education major. “I started at another college before coming to ACTC and I’m glad I transferred here. It’s cheaper, closer to home and friendlier than big universities,” she said.
Canteen Scholarship recipient Michael McNatt from Ashland is also an education major planning to transfer to MSU. “It’s wonderful to get a scholarship for education,” he said “It’s better than any sports award.”
He started in the Applied Process Program at ACTC but was encouraged by his instructors to build on his aptitude for teaching. He will graduate from ACTC in December and wants to eventually teach math at the elementary or middle school level.
Siarra Workman-Keesee, a home-schooled student from Catlettsburg, received a Troy B. and Sophia Wheeler Scholarship. “I’m overjoyed to get a scholarship that will help me with books, supplies and part of my tuition. I’ve had very good teachers at ACTC and I’m going to miss the college when I transfer.” She is completing her prerequisite courses for transfer to the sonography program at Collins Technology Center.
Anthony Kaitis from Catlettsburg started on his journey to a pre-engineering scholarship with the desire to help his daughter with high school algebra. He started studying at night, passed the GED and was encouraged by his GED instructor to start college.
After 25 years in sales, college was a big step, but Kaitis found ACTC instructors and staff who “would not let him quit.” Now he is working as a math tutor while finishing his ACTC classes. He is considering a career in mechanical engineering or engineering psychology.
The other 2013 scholarship recipients are listed below by city of residence.
From Ashland: Zachary T. Crawford, Keerien N. Mullins, Corey M. Smith, Jacob D. Aust, Brandon M. Austin, Erica Bailey, Stephanie Bowling, Alivia J. Bustetter, Kyra M. Butler, Annastacia G. Cannoy, Ethan W. Cantrell, Daniel B. Caudill, Jeffrey Chambers, Sammantha N. Chapman, Trina Cole, Cheromi Daniels, Tyler A. Delawder, Lydia M. Dixon, Emmalynn R. Edmonds, Logan J. Evans, Sherry A. Everhart, Aaron S. Gehringer, Kyle P. Groce, Bobbie Jo Hunter, Brandon Kelley, Levi M. Kouns, Jonathan T. Lowe, Kyle M. Lowe, Patricia M. Lyon, Emily D. Meeks, Michael A. Moore, Taylor Neal, Crystal Parsley, John P. Payne, Benjamin A. Pooler, Katie P. Ritchie, Alana D. Ryan, Nathan A. Smith, Jacob A. Stapleton, Jason Sturgeon, Angela Sullivan, Zack D. Suttles, Keri B. Wheeler, Kiersten R. White, Bradley A. Wilburn, Jolene Williams and Kathleen D. Wooten.
From Catlettsburg: Jessica L. Adams, Ronni N. Blanton, Trerri Cornwell, Alexandra Day, Allison Fannin, Jarrod M. Hall, Joseph D. Hawkey, Zachary C. Humphrey, Shelbey Jacobs, Anna Laney, Alexandria Marshall, Chelsea M. Morris, Michael Reed, Sarah A. Robbins and Lexa M. Rucker.
From Flatwoods: Stephen Basham, Madison L. Bramblette, Gretchen E. Conley, Cameron T. Goebel, Amara D. McCann, Allison L. Roark, Talsiha L. Smith and Jonathan D. Wessel.
From Garrison: Nathan A. Bloomfield, Brayden H. Brumfield and Teresa Stewart.
From Grayson: David Bailey, George M. Baker, Leah D. Cordle, Emily Felty, Michelle Gollihue, Rachel A. Hamm, Ashlee K. Heaberlin, Lynn L. Houck, Talia Stephens and Trenton S. Welsh.
From Greenup: Madison M. Adkins, Mackenzie Gerber, Trenton R. Howard, Andrew W. Imel, Darius A. Jackson, Christopher M. Nichols and Wendy Vance.
From Louisa: Elizabeth M. Bowens, William C. Diamond, Brittany Hall, Lena S. Ison, Kara R. Kirk, Emily M. Liebee, Christy J. Lumpkins, Megan M. Patrick, Shelby A. Preston and James B. Shannon.
From Olive Hill: Malynda B. Barker, Candice D. Logan, Amber D. Manning, Kacklyn E. Parker, Paige Puckett and Kayla D. Stallard.
From Raceland: Holly M. Quillen, Autumn L. Roberts and Caleb J. Spainhower.
From Rush: Kaitlin A. Brown, Amber Deerfield, Erica D. Hays, Tiesha R. Littleton and Jessica Smith.
From Russell: Jade Booth and Josie L. Tolliver.
From Worthington: Joshua A. Gwinn, Halie Nichols and Autumn B. Wellman.
Also from Kentucky: Stacy Clark, South Portsmouth; Matthew Knipp, Morehead; Mayra Mendez, Argillite; Banasha Miller, Sandy Hook; Taylor D. Wagoner, Isonville; Joshua L. Williams, Wurtland; and Kaylee J. Wireman, South Shore.
From Ohio: Shelby M. Dickess, Ironton; Joshua R. Hayes, Franklin Furnace; Bethany Purdee, South Point; and Jason R. Heffner, Nathaniel R. Jones and Ryan Williams, Chesapeake.
From Fort Gay, WV: Rose Roberts and Donna L. Wilson.
ACTC scholarships established by area organizations include the American Legion Post 76, Ashland Kiwanis Club, Big Sandy Superstore, Fifth-Third Bank, Fyffe Jones Group, Galloway Trust, PEO Chapter AJ and YWCA.
Scholarships established by area residents include the Herb & Alene Boggs, Maude Belle Brown, Edward L. Buchanon, Lou Eastham, Robert B. Hilton, Kaplan & Simons, Ruie Kennard Kelley, N. O. Kimbler, Anne Kouns, Agnes Burnette Johnson, Joseph & Sylvia Mansbach, David N. Michalak, Lincoln & Katherine Morgan Scott, Theodore C. & Bennie J. Shields, Barbara Siebert, Troy B. and Sophia Wheeler, and Goldie Wilson endowment funds.
State-wide scholarships came from the John T. Smith, KCTCS Commonwealth, KCTCS President's, Kentucky Colonel Better Life endowment funds. ACTC institutional scholarships included the Scholarship and Talent Grant Endowment, Partners in Progress, Pre-Engineering and Vending scholarships.
For information on establishing ACTC scholarships, contact Frank Salisbury, ACTC Director of Advancement, email: email@example.com.