First Degree Scholarship

First Degree Scholarship

Bracken County, Ludlow Independent students awarded KSBA scholarships

Kentucky School Advocate
March 2016

Staff report
Students from the Bracken County and the Ludlow Independent school districts have been awarded scholarships in the fifth annual Kentucky School Boards Association First Degree Scholarship Program. The 2016 honorees, Ludlow Independent High School senior Collin MacKay and Bracken County High School senior Shannon Smith, were announced Feb. 27 during KSBA’s annual conference in Louisville.

The award was established by the KSBA Board of Directors to help make postsecondary education possible for two students, one male and one female, who will be the first in their family to go on to college. Each receives a $2,500 award to attend any two- or four-year accredited college or university.
 
Ludlow Independent High School senior Collin MacKay receives a $2,500 KSBA First Degree Scholarship from KSBA and scholarship sponsors. From left, Joel McKenzie, American Fidelity Assurance Co.; Artie Gibson, HMC Service Co., representing the Kentucky School Plant Management Association; MacKay; Chris Tyler, Thermal Equipment, also representing the Kentucky School Plant Management Association; Carl Williams, PSST, LLC; KSBA Executive Director Mike Armstrong; and KSBA President Allen Kennedy. 

Ludlow Independent’s MacKay plans to attend Northern Kentucky University, majoring in computer information technology, reflecting his favorite subjects of math and science and his hobby of building computers. MacKay’s initial career goal is to be a database administrator, with a long-term goal of advancing to a position as a network architect. He has played football at Ludlow High and works at Burger King.
Bracken County High senior Shannon Smith is interested in attending Northern Kentucky University, where she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, with the goal of working as a registered nurse in a hospital setting. She already volunteers at a local nursing home as part of her school’s work-based learning program. Smith is involved in Bracken County High’s science, drama and art clubs, as well as Future Business Leaders of America, Tri-M and choir. Her hobbies include photography, swimming and reading, and her favorite subjects at school are science and English.
 
Bracken County High School senior Shannon Smith receives a $2,500 KSBA First Degree Scholarship from KSBA and scholarship sponsors. From left, Joel McKenzie, American Fidelity Assurance Co.; Artie Gibson, HMC Service Co., representing the Kentucky School Plant Management Association; Smith; Chris Tyler, Thermal Equipment, also representing the Kentucky School Plant Management Association; Carl Williams, PSST, LLC; KSBA Executive Director Mike Armstrong; and KSBA President Allen Kennedy.
 
This year’s First Degree scholarships were sponsored by the Kentucky School Plant Management Association, the KSBA Board of Directors, American Fidelity Assurance Company and PSST, LLC.
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