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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Stumbo Rips UPIKE Report

by Kenny Colston March 16, 2012

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by Kenny Colston March 13, 2012

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by Kenny Colston March 6, 2012

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EKU President Whitlock Not Taking Sides on UPIKE

by Kenny Colston February 28, 2012

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Stumbo Pushes Back on UPIKE Detractors

by Kenny Colston February 21, 2012

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UPIKE Bill Set for Hearing in House Education Committee

by Kenny Colston February 21, 2012

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