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Scholarship Recipients and Donors Meet

More than 125 West Kentucky Community and Technical College students who have received scholarships this year and the donors that made those scholarships possible got the chance to meet at a reception in the Emerging Technology Center on September 10.

This is a tradition we look forward to each year. Its wonderful to see our donors and scholarship recipients meet face to face, said Dr. Barbara Veazey, WKCTC president.

This year, more than $250,000 was awarded to over 230 WKCTC students and these scholarships can make a real difference in their lives, Veazey said.

Jacob Thomas of Fancy Farm agreed. He is a senior chemical engineering student at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering on WKCTCs campus. Being the recipient of the J.M. Harper Memorial Scholarship has really helped me, Thomas said. The scholarship allowed me the opportunity to concentrate and focus on my studies, which has definitely made me more successful in college.

Billy Harper, President/CEO of Harper Industries, is the founder of the J.M. Harper Memorial Scholarship for engineering students. Scholarships provide an economic incentive for local kids to go college and encourages them to stay in college, he said.

State Senator Bob Leeper, donor of the John C. Leeper Scholarship for chiropractic students, said its important to help students prepare for the future. Many of my family members attended this college when it was Paducah Junior College and I attended Paducah Community College, Leeper said. This college helped prepare us for our careers and now its our turn to give back to the college and the community.

Dr. Veazey thanked all the college scholarship benefactors for their support. There are not enough ways to say thank you to our donors who mean a great deal to the college and the students as they move forward into the jobs of tomorrow, she said.

She also expressed appreciation for the Jim Grisham Endowment and the Fred and Mary Louise Barber Trust, two new scholarship accounts established by estate gifts.

Paducah Junior College, Inc., the foundation of WKCTC, offers more than 60 scholarships. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) foundation offers two additional scholarships to WKCTC students.