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Local High School Graduates Receive SCC Scholarships

photo collage of students receiving scholarships at sccSeveral 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. To find out more about available scholarships at SCC, contact Amanda Humble, SCC scholarship coordinator, at (606) 451-6644 or by email at sccscholarships@kctcs.edu.  

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Randall and Victoria Weddle Scholarship 

The award is one of several scholarships included under the Weddle Family Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are in the name of Randall and Victoria Weddle and their children and provide financial assistance to students who attend SCC’s Laurel Campus.

The Weddle’s want young adults who are from Southeastern Kentucky to know that they can be successful and achieve their dreams regardless of their background or past. Weddle’s message to students, “It is not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it is refusing to fail. It is never too late to get a college education.”

Amanda Brooke Roberts has been awarded a Randall and Victoria Weddle Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College. 

Roberts is a 2019 graduate of Jackson County High School, where she participated in the National Honor Society, BETA Club and HOSA-Future Health Professionals. Also, while in high school, Roberts took dual credit classes and, as a result, has already completed her first year of college work in Nursing with a 3.8 grade point average out of a possible 4.0. She is the daughter of Dennis and Judy Roberts of McKee, Ky.

“I chose to attend SCC because it is affordable and close to home. It also has a variety of programs that I was interested in with small classes that allow for more one-on-one time with students and professors,” Roberts said.

She says that attending SCC has “allowed me the flexibility to continue to work full-time by taking certain classes online and others on campus.“ Upon completing the Nursing program at SCC, Roberts plans to transfer to the University of the Cumberlands and pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  “After that, I would like to work in a hospital as a BSN-RN, then possibly pursue my MSN (Master’s Degree),” Roberts said.

Whitney Promise Gregory, a 2020 graduate of Corbin High School, has been awarded a Randall and Victoria Weddle Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College. At Corbin High, Gregory was on the golf team, track and field team, and was a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Pep Club. She served as a volunteer with the “Buy A Tree. Change A Life.” foundation for four years and for two years was a team leader with Camp UNITE. She is the daughter of Shantaine Barton of Corbin and Kevin Gregory of Corbin.

At SCC, the scholarship recipient says she plans to “get my Associate Degree in Nursing.” After graduating from the community college, Gregory would like to “transfer to EKU (Eastern Kentucky University) to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing ... eventually working my way to becoming a Nurse Practitioner.” Gregory says there are several reasons why she decided to continue her education on SCC’s Laurel Campus. “I chose SCC because of the small class size, meaning more one-on-one attention, and that the Laurel Campus is very close to home. I will never have to worry about heavy finances that most colleges come with. Instead, I will be able to focus more on my studies and my career goals. “

Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship 

Shivani Patel, a 2020 graduate of Southwestern High School, has been awarded the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College.  In high school Patel received the bronze Presidential Volunteers Service Award for her volunteer work at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. She is the daughter of Asmita Patel and Dhiren Patel of Somerset, Ky.

At SCC, Patel says she will major in Biology with plans on one day becoming a physician. 

The scholarship recipient says there are several reasons for attending the community college. “SCC is great place to start and it has helped me to achieve my dreams. (It has) smaller classes which are beneficial to me,” she said. “Smaller class size is beneficial because your instructor can know you better. It has helped me decide my major and helped me make the right decisions.”

Ruby Kelley Scholarship 

Taya Davis has been awarded the Ruby Kelley Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College. 

The Ruby Kelley Scholarship is designated for students in the area that are enrolled in a high wage, high demand program or transfer program. Kelley was an early faculty member of SCC and the wife of the second president of SCC, Dr. Roscoe D. Kelley.

The scholarship recipient is a 2020 graduate of Jackson County High School where she had a 4.0 grade point average and was a member of the Lady Generals Basketball team. In 2019, Davis was crowned Miss Jackson County Fair. She is the daughter of Amanda Davis and Jason Davis of Annville, Ky.

At the community college, she plans to enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. After graduation, she hopes to “obtain a job” in the field. Davis says the decision to attend SCC was an easy one for her. “It’s close to home and I love the environment,” she said. “They have been very helpful to me whenever I have questions and have been beneficial to helping me start my college career.

Ralph Shearer Scholarship 

Elizabeth Ard has been awarded the Ralph Shearer Scholarship to continue her education at Somerset Community College.

The Ralph Shearer Scholarship is awarded to a nursing student from a ten-county area who maintains a 3.0 grade point average.  The scholarship is given in memory of Lake Cumberland Home Health’s board chairman for many years.

Ard is a 2018 graduate of SCC’s Practical Nursing program and will now enter the Nursing – Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associate Degree Registered Nurse (RN) program at the college. “I plan to obtain my RN and continue working with the elderly, taking care of them in the skilled nursing facility,” she said.

Ard, a Nancy, Ky. resident, is a 2012 graduate of Southwestern High School in Pulaski County. She is the daughter of Cecil and Sheila Ard of Nancy and the fiancé of Jake McKinney of Somerset.

The scholarship recipient says that being able to remain at home while attending college was a major reason for her decision to attend SCC.“I chose SCC because it is closest to home, allowing me to attend college and stay around my family,” she said. “It is also well known for having one of the best ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) programs in Kentucky.”

Lillie Thorne Spradlin Memorial Scholarship 

Joshua Allen Inabnitt has been awarded the Lillie Thorne Spradlin Memorial Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College.

Lillie Thorne Spradlin Memorial Scholarship provides scholarships for students who graduated from a high school in Pulaski County. The scholarship was established in 1984 by Dr. Marion C. Spradlin in memory of his wife.

Inabnitt is a 2020 graduate of Pulaski County High School where he was involved in many activities, including Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) where he captured several awards at the local, regional, and state level. Other extracurricular activities include being a member of DECA, Educators Rising, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Technology Leadership Program, and Oak Hill Baptist Church. He is the son of Jennifer Sue Viars and Allen Inabnitt, Somerset, Ky.

After receiving his Associate Degree from SCC, Inabnitt says he plans “to transfer to a four-year college and or go the route of University Center of Southern Kentucky. I plan to get a Bachelor of Business Administration. Next, obtain a Masters of Business Administration.” The scholarship recipient says there are “many reasons” why he decided to begin his college career at SCC.

“SCC is an affordable two-year college. SCC has many degree option. SCC has allowed me to get a college education for a cheaper price.”

Somerset Junior Womans Club Scholarship 

Taylor Brianna Parnell has been awarded the Somerset Junior Womans Club Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College.

Parnell is a 2020 graduate of Wayne County High School and plans to enter SCC’s Nursing program this fall.

At Wayne County High, the scholarship recipient was involved with Teenage Republicans, and Health Occupations Students of America clubs. She was also recognized for honors in English I and II, World Civics, Spanish 1 and 2, Geometry, and Algebra 2. In sports, Parnell played softball for three years and was a cheerleader for two years. The daughter of Kendall and Tonya Parnell of Monticello, she is also a member of Big Springs Baptist Church.

After she receives her Nursing degree at SCC, Parnell plans to continue her education through the community college’s University Center of Southern Kentucky. “(I plan) to transfer for a Bachelor’s in Nursing to pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner,” she says. “I hope to attend one of the universities that partner with SCC to further my education. I have a heart for the medical field and cannot wait to become a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).”

Parnell noted that she will be the first in her family to pursue a bachelor’s degree and that there are several reasons why she is beginning her college career at SCC. “I chose to attend Somerset Community College because the school opens a wide variety for the students in the surrounding counties. It is close to home and affordable. I already love the campus and the kind people who are a part of it. I am looking for to my journey at SCC.” She also noted that, “SCC has helped provide me with a better life because it is closer to home and it is more affordable for me.”