Local Students Receive Scholarship for SCC
Published on Jul 31, 2020
Several local students received scholarships to attend Somerset Community College for the Fall 2020 semester. If a photograph was submitted by the student, it has been attached at the highest resolution possible.
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Clellan Prewitt Memorial Scholarship
Jaden Abigail Mullins will begin her studies at Somerset Community College (SCC) this fall as a 2020 recipient of the Clellan Prewitt Memorial Scholarship. The Clellan Prewitt Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 from funds bequeathed by Mr. Prewitt to provide scholarships to deserving students.
A 2020 graduate of Clinton County High School, Mullins took part in several activities at the school, including: Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, band, academic team, 4-H Club, BETA, Gifted and Talented, History Club, Spirit Club, Relay for Life, and the Science Club.
In the community, Mullins has served as Pledge Leader for the Junior Fair Board and has been a volunteer at the Clinton County Library for five years. She is the daughter of Wanda Conner Mullins and the late Joseph Mullins of Clinton County.
At SCC, the scholarship winner says she will be working toward an Associate’s Degree. After graduation, she plans to transfer to a four-year institution and seek a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a goal of “obtaining a doctorate to go into the career of post-secondary education.”
Mullins says that she is attending SCC “because it is a great way to begin a college journey without the worry of money and it is also close to home. It allows for flexibility as well as offering most everything that a university would offer.”
Elwanda Brinkley Scholarship
Riley Morgan Ledford, a 2020 graduate of South Laurel High School, has been awarded the Elwanda Brinkley Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College. The Elwanda Brinkley Scholarship was established in 2007 from funds bequeathed by Ms. Brinkley. The scholarship provides opportunity to deserving students seeking degrees in elementary education.
In high school, elementary and middle school, Ledford has been very much involved in choral programs. His honors at South Laurel High School include being voted Best Male Actor and Best Comedic Actor by the choral department. “These programs at each school have made such a positive impact on my life and I hope that I can one day give back my services to the students of the Laurel County School System,” he said. “I want to help others see the beauty of music and be a good role model to my students who want to follow their dream in pursuing a similar career in the arts.”
In high school Ledford was also recognized as being a member of the all-state choir and as a first-place regional winner in SkillsUSA for digital cinema. He is a member of the East London Holiness Church and is the son of Rodford Ledford and Sheila Ledford of London.
Ledford said he chose to attend SCC “because of the great experiences I have had with the institution in the past.” He noted that his brother attended the college and he took dual credit classes at SCC while in high school. “All of the professors have been very helpful and knowledgeable in every class,” he said. “I love that there are small class sizes which allow for a more familial environment and better in-depth discussions. I also enjoy the fact that the location allows me to participate in classes within my hometown of London Ky.”
Ledford says he plans to finish his Associate Degree at SCC and then transfer to Eastern Kentucky University to seek a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. “SCC and the Elwanda Brinkley Scholarship have gone far beyond any expectations I could ever wish for,” he noted. “In a time of unease and transition between high school and college I feel like it would be easy to get lost in the cracks ... However, every time I enter SCC on the Laurel Campus I am always welcomed with smiling faces and warm greetings. I took a few dual credit classes at SCC during high school and my academic counselor Trent Pool would sit down with me for as long as it took to work out my schedule no matter what day or time it was.”
Savanna Caroline Sweet has been awarded the Elwanda Brinkley Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College. Sweet is a 2020 graduate of Rockcastle County High School where she was vice president of Future Farmers of America (FFA), a committee member of Dance Blue, on the tennis team, and involved with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) as Kentucky East Assistant Director of Operations and as a HOBY Academic All Star. She is the daughter of Tim and Jenny Sweet of Mt. Vernon, Ky.
The scholarship recipient has big plans for her future. “Within the next four years I plan to obtain a degree in Elementary Education and move forward to working at a school in Kentucky and have my own class,” she said. “Along with finishing college I hope to continue to expand my small business: ’Designs By Savanna,’ as well as continue my work with HOBY Kentucky East “
Sweet has already taken a class through SCC’s dual credit program and says she looking forward to spending additional time at the community college. “I chose SCC because it is close to home while also being such a great school,” she said. “The campus is absolutely beautiful.”
Leora Prewitt Memorial Scholarship
Emily Jo Shelton has been awarded the Leora Prewitt Memorial Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College. The Leora Prewitt Memorial Academic Scholarship was established through the generosity of Leora Prewitt. Mrs. Prewitt left a portion of her estate to assist deserving students with their education while attending SCC.
Shelton is a 2020 graduate of Clinton County High School where she was a member of the band (since the sixth grade), HOSA (where she was a first-place winner at the 2020 Leadership Conference and a second-place winner at the 2019 conference), and BETA Club for four years. She is the daughter of Ricky and Billie Shelton of Albany, Ky.
The scholarship recipient says that she has already taken “26 college credits from SCC (and six credits from Campbellsville University) during high school in preparation for applying to the Nursing program.” Shelton says her goal at SCC is to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing.
“After earning my RN license, I would love to work in emergency/trauma nursing and one day become a flight nurse,” she says.
As for which college to attend after high school, Shelton says the decision was an easy one. “SCC has an awesome nursing program and it’s close to home so I can work, live at home, and still attend college,” she said. “SCC has so many opportunities for young people today. “
Shelton also noted that the college provides options beyond a two-year degree.
“It is now possible to earn a four-year degree at SCC since they partnered with several universities.” she said. “The University Center of Southern Kentucky is bringing lots of opportunities for students to earn their four-year degree without ever leaving home.”
Mattie Helen Elliott Scholarship
Carly Davis (no picture submitted) has been awarded the Mattie Helen Elliott Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College. The Mattie Helen Elliott Scholarship is for 12 credit hours of tuition and was established due to the generosity of Somerset native, Mattie Helen Elliott, to assist Pulaski County residents attend SCC.
Davis is a 2020 graduate of Somerset Christian School where she was a three-year member of the girls’ varsity basketball team, in the Y-Club, and served as president of Student Government. She is the daughter of Chad and Amy Davis of Somerset, Ky. The scholarship recipient says that after gaining her Associates in Science degree in Nursing from SCC, “I plan to transfer to another college to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing.”
Like many other area high school students, Davis has already become associated with SCC through the dual credit program at her high school.
“I have taken hybrid dual credit classes with SCC and I really enjoyed the teachers and staff,” she said. “They were all so nice and helpful, so I wanted to stick with what I knew was a solid education with people who I know care.”
And, Davis says it’s that personal touch that can really make a difference. “SCC has shown me that people care about my future and want me to succeed. I am very happy to know that I will be able to get my dream career with people beside me to help every step of the way.”