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Couple Leaves Legacy to WKCTC

A Paducah couple has left nearly half a million dollars to establish a nursing scholarship at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Paducah Junior College, Inc., the foundation of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, was named the beneficiary of a trust funded by the late Hugh Frederic and Mary Louise Tanner Barber. Mr. Barber passed away in 2007. Mrs. Barber passed away in May 2010.

The Barbers funded a trust valued at more than $470,000. Income from the trust will be used to fund scholarships for WKCTC minority or financially in-need nursing students. The first scholarships will be awarded during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Barbers were a remarkable couple, who lived a life filled with travel, music and friends, said Rebecca Haus, manager of advancement at WKCTC. They often shared stories with me about Freds music and their world travels. They both talked about their fondness for the colleges nursing program and their desire to assist nursing students who struggle to achieve their professional goals.

Mr. Barber was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. He was retired from TBI Structural Steel and was a professional musician. Mrs. Barber attended Paducah Community College in the 1970's. She graduated from the colleges nursing program in 1973 and had fond memories of the program and the instructors Haus said.

The college is always honored when a graduate recognizes the value of their education, said Dr. Barbara Veazey, president of WKCTC. The Barber Trust is a great testimony to this couples desire to assist students in our community.

For more information about scholarships at WKCTC or setting up a trust, contact Haus at 270-534-3086.