First Baptist Church Sunday School Classes Set Up Toni Pendley Scholarship Fund
Ashley Simpson, of Nancy, KY is the first recipient of the Toni Pendley Memorial Scholarship at Somerset Community College. Simpson is a 2013 graduate of Southwestern High School. She will graduate from the Registered Nursing program at SCC in May and will begin her nursing career in the Neurology Unit at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
The Toni Pendley Memorial Scholarship was set up this year by members of two Sunday School classes at First Baptist Church in Somerset. The Encouragers class and the Circle of Friends class joined together to raise money for the scholarship in Pendleys name. Pendley passed away in 2015 after dealing with a lengthy illness. Her husband, David Pendley, serves as church administrator and worship leader at FBC, a position he has held since 2006.
Toni loved to read and loved to learn new things, said David Pendley of his late wife. She was always encouraging people to get an education. She simply loved caring for people. Even when she got sick, she got up every day looking for someone to help.
David Pendley and members of both classes, as well as other friends who contributed to the scholarship, felt that providing funds for an SCC nursing student was the best way to honor the memory of Toni Pendley, who was also a nurse.
Toni Pendley received her LPN from the Owensboro/Daviess County Hospital and then her Registered Nursing degree from Madisonville Community College in 1985, said David Pendley. She and her husband came to Somerset in 1988 and Toni worked as a surgical nurse until her health began to decline.
The group plans to make contributions to the scholarship fund in the future in order
to ensure its continuation. To make a donation to the Toni Pendley Memorial Scholarship
Fund, contact Cindy Clouse, SCC director of institutional advancement, at (606) 451-6618.