WKCTC Scholarship RecipientsNearly 75 West Kentucky Community and Technical College students who have received scholarships this year got the chance to meet the donors that made those scholarships possible at a reception in the Allied Health Building on November 2.
The annual reception allows WKCTC donors and scholarship recipients to meet and get to know each other said Dr. Barbara Veazey, WKCTC president. We are fortunate to have numerous endowments to help high achieving academic high school students and our currently enrolled students reach their college goals, she said.
More than $300,000 was awarded to over 250 WKCTC students and the entire proceeds from our annual gala goes directly to student scholarships, Veazey said.
More than 750 highly qualified students applied for scholarships this year, said Becky Haus, WKCTC manager of advancement. The need for scholarship donors never drops. We are grateful for our endowments, annual donors, and funds raised though our annual Gala Scholarship Auction, Haus said.
Jordan Thurston, 18, is a graduate of Graves County High School and will now have an easier time paying for college thanks to the Ken and Jean Wheeler Scholarship; a scholarship designated for general academic programs. I really appreciate this scholarship. It will make it easier for me to go to college and be able to concentrate on my classes, Thurston said.
Wheeler said funding the scholarship is a great opportunity for he and his wife to participate in improving the education of students in the community. Wheeler added hes proud that this scholarship will help Thurston, who plans to major in nursing, get the training he needs to be prepared for his career. Having well-trained, qualified graduates in the medical field will provide the community with the efficient, quality healthcare we want and have come to expect," Wheeler said.
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.