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Twenty-nine Named Robinson Scholars

Contact: Dan Adkins

 

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The first class of Robinson Scholars was inducted in 1997. The program is funded by earnings from coal mining and logging operations on nearly 4,000 acres of the 14,000-acre Robinson Forest in Breathitt, Perry and Knott counties. The UK Board of Trustees, which established the program in 1995, utilized the E.O. Robinson Trust to provide increased educational opportunities in Eastern Kentucky, where college attendance is historically low, compared to other regions of the state.

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June 21, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Twenty-nine middle school students from 29 Eastern Kentucky counties were inducted today into the University of Kentucky’s Robinson Scholars Program during ceremonies at Hazard Community College. This is the seventh year of the scholarship program.

The Robinson Scholars Program provides full college tuition, room and board, and books during the college careers of students who otherwise would be financially unable to pursue a degree. The students must maintain an acceptable grade point average and graduate from high school to receive their scholarships. Each scholarship carries a present-day value of more than $9,500.

The program is open to eighth graders from 29 Eastern Kentucky counties. Selection is based on each student’s academic potential, essays and interviews. It is also required that the parents of the selected students have not attained a college degree The family’s need for assistance with college-related expenses also is taken into consideration. Students apply for consideration through their school guidance counselors. The students can use the scholarship to attend UK or any of Kentucky’s community colleges.

The first class of Robinson Scholars was inducted in 1997. The program is funded by earnings from coal mining and logging operations on nearly 4,000 acres of the 14,000-acre Robinson Forest in Breathitt, Perry and Knott counties. The UK Board of Trustees, which established the program in 1995, utilized the E.O. Robinson Trust to provide increased educational opportunities in Eastern Kentucky, where college attendance is historically low, compared to other regions of the state.

The Robinson Trust was established in 1922 by Edward O. Robinson, a logging magnate who gave the university 14,000 acres that had been logged by his firm. The trust carried a stipulation that it be used primarily for reforestation and agricultural research or for the benefit of the people of the mountain region.

Since the program began, 452 students have been inducted as Robinson Scholars. In the 2002-03 academic year, 129 Robinson Scholars attended UK.

This year’s inductees and their parents are:

Bell County: Michael Justin Dozier, son of Maryetta Dozier of Ingram;
Breathitt County: Loretta Leann Turner, daughter of William and Elaine Deaton of Booneville;
Carter County: Stacie Nicole Lowe, daughter of Nancy Lowe of Grayson;
Clay County: Kayla Rachelle Scalf, daughter of Sheryl Gregory of Manchester;
Elliott County: Lori Ann Adkins, daughter of Rick and Sonya Adkins of Sandy Hook;
Estill County: John Daniel Dawes, son of Teddy and Theresa Dawes of Irvine;
Floyd County: Kateland Opal Hall, daughter of Kenneth and Sherry Hall of McDowell;
Harlan County: Gregory Michael Edens, son of Robert and Kimberly Edens of Grays Knob;
Jackson County: Zachary Matthew Ryan Daugherty, son of Shannon Kelly Moran of McKee;
Johnson County: Jarrod Lee Cole, son of Donnie and Martha Cole of Hager Hill;
Knott County: Heather Lauren Cornett, daughter of Luci and Jeffrey Cornett of Sassafras;
Knox County: Robert Braxton Turteltaub, son of Margie Turteltaub of Girdler;
Laurel County: Melissa Marie Monroe, daughter of Daryl and Nancy Napier of East Bernstadt;
Lawrence County: Jeconiah Tai Staniford, son of James and Marcella Staniford of Martha;
Lee County: Jason Ray Hollon, son of Lois Hollon of Beattyville;
Leslie County: Todd Clarence Day, son of Freddy and Patricia Day of Smilax;
Letcher County: Megan Danielle Tolliver, daughter of Robert Tolliver of Jackhorn;
Magoffin County: Whitney Morgan Lemaster, daughter of Pernell and Gwendolyn Lemaster of Falcon;
Martin County: Charleea Marie Sparks, daughter of Susan Sparks of Beauty;
McCreary County: Jessica Sierra Gibson, daughter of Lonnie and Beth Gibson of Pine Knot;
Menifee County: Derek Ryan Ferrell, son of Anthony and Carolyn Ferrell of Frenchburg;
Morgan County: Brook Janell Harper, daughter of Lyonel and Deborah Harper of West Liberty;
Owsley County: Jonathan McCoy Harris, son of Johnny and Rosa Grigsby of Booneville;
Perry County: Courtney Jowanna Fletcher, daughter of James and Jackie Fletcher of Viper;
Pike County: Colby Alece Kurkowski, daughter of David and Kim Pack of Pikeville;
Powell County: Alison Nicole Wasson, daughter of Marcella Wasson of Stanton;
Rockcastle County: Bellamy Jill Owens, daughter of Ron and Janice Owens of Mount Vernon;
Whitley County: Scarlet Revay Thomas, daughter of Fay Thomas of Williamsburg;
and
Wolfe County: Chad William Jones, son of Cynthia Jones of Campton.


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