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Scholarship Helps WKCTC Graduate Continue Education at SIU

Published on Jan 13, 2017

PADUCAH, KY (January 13, 2017) – Jill Westerfield, a December 2015 graduate of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, got some great news today about the next step in her education – a $5,000 scholarship to Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

“I am so excited about this opportunity. I didn’t expect to hear so soon,” said the 22-year-old Cologne, Germany, native who only applied for the SIU Dean’s Transfer Scholars scholarship last week.

In fall 2013 Westerfield moved to Paducah with her father who teaches at WKCTC to attend Paducah School of Art and Design, where she earned an associate in fine arts degree and graduated with high distinction.  

Her 4.0 GPA is one of the reasons Westerfield was selected for the scholarship.

“I know I applied for it, but I really didn’t expect to get it,” Westerfield said about the two-year academic transfer scholarship that will help her earn a bachelor’s degree in industrial design. “This is so awesome.”