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Local Students Receive Scholarships to Attend Somerset Community College

Several local students received scholarships to attend Somerset Community College for the Spring 2016 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 JR Thompson, SCC financial aid scholarship coordinator, at (606) 679-4369 or by email at sccscholarships@kctcs.edu.

April Glover, Somerset

April GolverApril Glover of Somerset has been awarded a John T. Smith Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College.

The scholarship is named for Dr. John T. Smith, the first African American to receive a doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Smith had a distinguished career in higher education and served as the first African American community college president in

Kentucky. Dr. Smith served as president of Jefferson Community College for seven years (1968-1975).

The John T. Smith scholarships are available to Kentucky resident students who demonstrate potential for success in postsecondary education and also demonstrate a need for financial support in pursuing postsecondary education. Factors for consideration include academic records, achievement in extracurricular activities and racial status. This scholarship may be renewed for a second year with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and if they are enrolled in at least six credit hours. John T. Smith Scholarships may be used for tuition, books and other related educational expenses.

Glover is a 2003 high school graduate. She attended Eastern Kentucky University and later decided to return to college at SCC. She is enrolled in the Medical Assisting program at SCC with a 3.46 grade point average. In 2015, she was named to the SCC Deans List and was also appointed to the Child Care Advisory Council of Kentucky by former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. She plans transfer to obtain a bachelors degree in Nursing, preferably from the University of Kentucky.

I would like to one day obtain a prosperous career at the Markey Cancer Center, said Glover. It is my overall goal to work with patients affected by cancer, assisting them with their treatments, while helping them build their quality of life again. Someone very close to me was affected by cancer and that helped me realize the profession I wanted to go into. The kindness, care, and determination the healthcare staff provided over the years to my loved one really made a difference in the fight against cancer. I would like to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Glover is the daughter of Bobbie Phelps of Somerset and a special friend to Angela Gasque Murch of Clayton, Georgia. Murch, now deceased, served as a strong mother figure to Glover for many years and was the driving force behind her desire to work in Oncology.

Kayla Hope Chadwell, London

Kayla ChadwellKayla Hope Chadwell of London was awarded a Sam J. Hord Memorial Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College.

The Sam J. Hord Memorial Scholarship was established in 1980 in memory of South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporations manager (1942-1974). The scholarship provides an opportunity for a deserving students who resides in Pulaski County or an adjacent county and demonstrates financial need.

Chadwell is a 2013 graduate of Penn Foster High School. She plans to earn an associates degree at SCC in Nursing and work as a Registered Nurse.

Life is short and I hope to help others as much as I can in the health field, said Chadwell.

Chadwell currently holds a 4.0 grade point average at SCC and was named to the 2015 SCC Deans List. She and her husband Chad Chadwell reside in London. Chadwell is the daughter of Mary Jane Crutcher of Richmond and Rowland Travis Shepard of Berea.

Brandi McKinney, McKee

Brandi McKinneyBrandi McKinney of McKee was awarded a 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 and who demonstrate financial need.

McKinney is a 2015 graduate of Jackson County High School, where she held a 4.0 grade point average and graduated 7th in her class. During high school, McKinney took dual credit classes and graduated high school with 21 college hours. She is enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program at SCC and holds a 3.8 college GPA.

McKinney plans to transfer to EKU or UK after obtaining her associates degree at SCC.

I would like to get a bachelors degree in Elementary Education or Child Development, she said. I also currently work at the Jackson County Public Library and plan to get my Library Information Technology (LIT) certification.

McKinney is the daughter of Bridgette and Billy Wayne McKinney of McKee.

Brittany Adams, London

Brittany AdamsBrittany Adams of London has been awarded a KCTCS Presidential Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College.

Preference for the KCTCS Presidential Scholarship is given to students who have an ACT composite of 23 or higher and a grade point average of 3.25 or better.

Adams is a 2012 graduate of North Laurel High School. She is enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at SCC and holds a 3.925 grade point average.

I look forward to graduating from the Physical Therapist Assistant program and starting a career in the field that I am extremely passionate about, said Adams. I can't wait to wake up every single day knowing that I am doing what I was meant to do and making a difference in the lives of others.

Adams is the daughter of Mark Adams and Nicole Hill, both of London.

Megan Burchett, Somerset

Megan BurchettMegan Burchett of Somerset has been awarded an Orwin Nursing Scholarship to attend Somerset Community College.

The Orwin Nursing Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 by The Mohn Family Foundation to provide scholarships to associate degree nursing students attending SCC.

Burchett is a 2013 graduate of Southwestern High School. She is currently enrolled in the Nursing program at SCC and is employed at T.J. Maxx in Somerset.

My future plans include getting through the nursing program, passing my NCLEX test, and moving on to EKU to reach for my bachelors degree, Burchett said.

Burchett is the daughter of Shawn Burchett of London and Sandy Burchett of Somerset.

David Meece, Russell Springs

David Meece of Russell Springs was awarded a 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.

Meece is a 1999 graduate of Russell County High School. He is enrolled in the Computer and Information Technologies program at SCC and is a member of Delta Alpha Phi at SCC.

I love helping people with disabilities and have also participated in activities such as the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at [SCC] to raise awareness for sexually abused women, said Meece. The greatest award I ever received in life is truly the amazing love and support that my wonderful girlfriend, family and friends give me each and every day.

Meece plans to transfer to Western Kentucky University and obtain a bachelors degree in Computer Science and perhaps later pursue a masters degree in education. He also hopes to open his own computer repair and sale business.

Meece is the son of Clifton Wayne Meece and Etta Diana Meece of Russell County.