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Philanthropic Centenarian Leaves More than $230,000 to WKCTC

Garline ClarkPaducah Junior College, Inc., the foundation of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, has been named the beneficiary of a trust funded by the late Garline Clark, who passed away at the age of 102 in September 2012.

The trust, valued at more than $230,000, will fund the Noble and Garline Clark Endowment at WKCTC and is in memory of Garline Clark and her late husband Noble Clark. Representatives of Independence Bank recently present a check to Dr. Barbara Veazey, president of WKCTC, to fund the endowment.

We are always grateful when a donor has included the foundation in their estate planning, said Dr. Veazey. As the college continues to grow, so does the need for scholarship funding to assist our students. I am thankful for our benefactors who support this need.

The endowment will provide scholarships to WKCTC business and accounting students from McCracken and Graves counties who plan to transfer to a four-year university. Scholarships will be awarded from the Noble and Garline Clark Endowment beginning the 2013 - 2014 academic year.

The Clarks were members of First Christian Church, where Noble served as a deacon emeritus. Noble Clark, a former vice president of Citizens Bank and Trust Company, began work for the bank in 1924 and continued to the office of vice president over his 46-year tenure. He died in 1993 at the age of 87.

An avid bridge player, Garline Clark lived independently in her home until shortly after her 100th birthday.

By all accounts, the Clarks were active in Paducah and were involved in the development and growth the city experienced during the mid-century. Noble Clark was an original member of the Paducah Urban Renewal Board serving as its first chairman in 1959. He was active in chamber activities, economic development efforts and the downtown merchants group. In 1961, he was named the Kiwanian of the Year by the Downtown Kiwanis Club.

PJC, Inc. manages the scholarship program for WKCTC and awards more than $350,000 annually to deserving students.

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West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has been recognized for two consecutive years by The Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation for providing students with strong job training and continuing higher education opportunity, for achieving high completion and transfer rates, and for realizing strong employment results for its graduates.