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WKCTC Scholarship Auction Set for September 19

As a junior at Marshall County High School in 2012, Noah Cox jumped at the chance to attend the Commonwealth Middle College on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. As a CMC student his junior and senior years, Cox earned 36 college credits free while also earning his high school diploma. A Marshall County High School graduate, Cox was able to continue working toward his associate degree at WKCTC thanks to the scholarships he received.

Coming out of high school you think, hey, you want to do this, you want to do that, but once you graduate, life really hits you. You got to figure out, hey what am I going to do, said 18-year-old Cox, who is the recipient of a Commonwealth Middle College Scholarship, a merit-based academic excellence scholarship and the N.O. Kimbler Scholarship for education majors. And thanks to these scholarships being able to pay for my classes and my books, it really just let me think about what do I want to do instead of sitting around thinking how am I going to pay for my classes; ...I dont have to sit around and worry about how I am going to become a teacher.

Supporting the higher education dreams of students like Cox is one of the main goals of the 2014 WKCTC Scholarship Auction to be held Friday, September 19 at 6 p.m. in the Julian Carroll Convention Center, said Ashley Wright, WKCTC vice president of institutional advancement. Funding for our scholarship program ensures that the dream of a college education can be a reality for our students, Wright said. The value of a college education has never been greater and as a Top 10 community college in the nation, we want to continue to increase our scholarship offerings. It is because of the continued generosity of our supporters that we are able to help area students earn their credentials and enter the workforce.

The college had a record number of 1036 applications received this year, an increase of ten percent over last years record applications. Nearly $100,000 was raised for student scholarships last year with 100 percent of the funds from the events live and silent auctions and ticket sales going directly to the WKCTC general scholarship fund, said Wright.

This years live auction features 26 items such as a vacation to a private villa in Salernes, France an exclusive offering of the colleges auction. Also featured are items such as a weekend packages in Nashville with four tickets close to the ice to watch the Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars and Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, special getaway packages in Tennessee, North Carolina and St. Louis, and a unique bilateral bladeless LASIK surgery package from Dr. Barbara Bowers. Bidders can also compete for nearly 150 items in the silent auction.

Advance tickets are available for $40 per person. General admission seating will be available on the evening of the event. Walker Hall and the WKCTC catering department will provide heavy hors doeuvres and desserts. Live music and a cash bar will be offered throughout the evening.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7 p.m. Contact Becky Haus at (270) 534-3086 or rebecca.alcott-haus@kctcs.edu for event tickets and information.