Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarships Approved

{Pikeville, Kentucky}...Several officials gathered Tuesday in Pikeville to announce an alternative program which will provide $4 million in scholarship money to students in the area. Governor Steve Beshear has authorized more than $4 million from coal tax revenue to provide college scholarships to students from nine Appalachian counties over the next two years. Beginning July 1st, the scholarships will be available to college juniors and seniors from Bell, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties. The scholarships can be used only at the University of Pikeville and Alice Lloyd College as well as off-campus centers operated in the region by Morehead State University, Lindsey Wilson College and Lincoln Memorial University. The Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship Program will help Appalachian students obtain four-year degrees. State Representative Leslie Combs says the program’s approval doesn’t end the quest to make UPike a public university.