Appalachian scholarships

Budget Compromise Expands Coal County Scholarship Fund

by Kenny Colston on March 29, 2012

A scholarship program intended to serve college students in far eastern Kentucky has been expanded.

What was originally called the Appalachian Scholarship Fund has been expanded to all coal-producing counties in Kentucky, including those in the western portion of the state. The program applies to students in the last two years of their education who attend a university, public or private, in a coal-producing county.

The intent was to keep eastern Kentucky students from leaving the area for college. But in order to get money for the program, House Speaker Greg Stumbo had to agree to the expansion.

The program has also lost its General Fund appropriation, meaning all scholarship funds must come from either coal severance money or private donations.

Out of 120 Kentucky counties, 38 of them are coal-producing.

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Plan to Create Scholarship Fund for Appalachian College Students In Trouble

by Kenny Colston March 26, 2012

A proposal to create a scholarship fund for far eastern Kentucky college students could be in jeopardy. The Appalachian scholarship fund was intended as a compromise, after a measure to move the University of Pikeville into the state system couldn’t garner enough support. In the House’s version of the budget, lawmakers funded the scholarships with […]

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