Coal Scholarships

Beshear Creates Coal Scholarship Program

by Kenny Colston on May 29, 2012

Governor Steve Beshear has created a program lawmakers could not. The governor has released four million dollars to be given as scholarships to Eastern Kentucky college students.

Lawmakers wrestled with several scholarship proposals during the last legislative session, but an agreement was never passed.

“Kentuckians recognize the importance of completing a college degree, and more and more people are pursuing higher education,” says Beshear in a release. “That’s a good sign. But the cost of attending school can be prohibitive. I’m proud that we’ve found a way to make sure more students can continue their studies. These coal severance fund scholarships will surely help more of our students to achieve their goal of a college degree.”

To qualify for the scholarships, students must be from any of the following counties: Bell, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin or Pike. They must also be juniors, seniors or nontraditional students in schools in those counties, including: the University of Pikeville, Alice Lloyd College or satellite campuses of Morehead State University, Lindsey Wilson, UPIKE or Lincoln Memorial. [click to continue…]

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Coal Scholarship, Dropout Bills Won’t Be Added to Special Session Agenda

by Kenny Colston April 13, 2012

An education proposal favored by Kentucky House leadership will not be included in next week’s special session, effectively killing its chances this year. A bill that began as a measure to bring the University of Pikeville into the state system morphed into one that would have created scholarships for college students from coal counties. House […]

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Beshear Says He’ll Call Special Session To Pass Road Revenue, Prescription Pill Bills

by Kenny Colston April 13, 2012

The 2012 legislative session has come to a close. Lawmakers spent most of their final day of the session yesterday waiting to finalize action on several bills, including many that were never passed. The bills that didn’t make it to governor Steve Beshear’s desk run the gamut, from a bill to tighten restrictions on prescription […]

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Future of Coal County Scholarship Program Uncertain

by Kenny Colston April 3, 2012

A bill to create a scholarship fund to help students from coal mining counties in Kentucky finish their education is once again in limbo. House Bill 260 would create a fund to give scholarships to college juniors and seniors who finish their degrees at schools in coal-producing counties. The program was originally meant only for […]

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Budget Compromise Expands Coal County Scholarship Fund

by Kenny Colston 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 […]

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