UK Inducts 29 Into Robinson Scholars

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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.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2004) -- 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 eighth 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 $10,000.

The program is open to eighth graders from 29 Eastern Kentucky counties. Selection is based on each student’s academic potential, essays and interviews. The parents of the selected students also 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, and by private support. The UK Board of Trustees 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, 480 students have been inducted as Robinson Scholars.

This year’s inductees, their parents and their middle schools are:

Bell County: Andrea Corinne Corkran, daughter of Billy Jean Partin of Pineville, a student at Frakes Elementary School;
Breathitt County: Nathan Caleb Neace, son of Regina and Lloyd Gross of Jackson, a student at Jackson Independent School;
Carter County: Megan Ashley Tolliver, a daughter of Vickie and Roy Tolliver of Grayson, a student at East Carter Middle School;
Clay County: Camille Brooke Hooker, daughter of Jennie Hooker of Goose Rock, a student at Clay County Middle School;
Elliott County: Samantha Jo Griffith, daughter of Elizabeth and Gary Griffith of Sandy Hook, a student at Elliott County Middle School;
Estill County: George Austin Miller, son of Vanessa Miller of Irvine; a student at Estill County Middle School;
Floyd County: Jessica Ann Hall, daughter of Patricia and Riley Hall of Beaver, a student at John M. Stumbo Middle School;
Harlan County: Heather Lynn Posey, daughter of Angela Posey of Wallins, a student at Wallins Elementary School;
Jackson County: Aylua Lenora Thomas, daughter of Emily Thomas of McKee, a student at Jackson County Middle School;
Johnson County: Brittany Ellen Cole, daughter of Lisa and Daniel Cole of Paintsville, a student at Johnson County Middle School;
Knott County: Joseph Gordon Hall, son of Lynni and Earl Hall of Raven, a student at June Buchanan School;
Knox County: Paul-Christian Bargo, son of Bobbie Bargo of Barbourville, a student at G.R. Hampton Middle School;
Laurel County: Matthew Joseph Reams, son of Ludeana Reams of London, a student at North Laurel Middle School;
Lawrence County : Megan Nichole Hensley, daughter of Sheri and Phillip Hensley of Martha, a student at Blaine Elementary School;
Lee County: Whitney Paige Bowling, daughter of Debbie Bowling of Beattyville, a student at Lee County Middle School;
Leslie County: Ladetra Joelora Morgan, daughter of Angie Morgan of Stinnett, a student at Leslie County Middle School;
Letcher County: Nicolas Darrell Polly, son of Shequenna Bates of Neon, a student at Jenkins Middle School;
Magoffin County: Phillip Marcus Francis, son of Sherry and Glenn Francis of Salyersville, a student at Herald Whitaker Middle School;
Martin County: Alyssa Rachelle Howell, daughter of Cindy and Dewight Howell of Lovely, a student at Warfield Middle School;
McCreary County: Ashley Nicole Renfro, daughter of George Renfro of Parkers Lake, a student at Whitley City Middle School;
Menifee County: Shakayle Yvette Raney, daughter of Betty and Lowell Raney of Frenchburg, a student at Menifee County Middle School;
Morgan County: Kaleb Grant Ball, son of Angela and Roger Ball of Elkfork, a student at Morgan County Middle School;
Owsley County: Jeremy Lyell Brewer, son of Nora and Jeffrey Ragan of Booneville, a student at Owsley County Middle School;
Perry County: Ronald Shane Turner, son of Maggie and Carlos Turner of Combs, a student at A.B. Combs Elementary School;
Pike County: Kristin Noel Thacker, daughter of Kim Wallace of Pikeville, a student at Pikeville Junior High School;
Powell County: Brandon Kyle Farmer, son of Danita and Darren Farmer of Stanton, a student at Powell County Middle School;
Rockcastle County: Christy Luv Randolph, daughter of Marie and Jeff Thacker of Crab Orchard, a student at Rockcastle County Middle School;
Whitley County: Dustin Tyler Ames, son of Pamela Ames of Williamsburg, a student at Whitley County Middle School; and
Wolfe County: Daniel Lee Spencer, son of Karen and Larry Spencer of Pine Ridge, a student at Wolfe County Middle School.


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