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Endowment to award scholarships Sunday

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The McCracken County Community Career Endowment Inc. will distribute educational assistance scholarships at a reception Sunday afternoon at West Kentucky Community & Technical College.

The reception, which honors 20 students, will begin at 2 p.m. in room 109 of the Emerging Technology Center. The keynote speaker will be Danny Henderson, the project director for the Dare to Dream Tutoring and Mentoring Program in Evansville, Ind.

The scholarships are made possible through the endowment as a result of a donor-directed endowment to the Community Foundation of West Kentucky made by the late Fred Paxton and his wife, Peggy, in 2005.

They are also funded by donations made this year from Atmos Energy; Ray Black and Son Inc.; Lourdes hospital; Baptist Health Paducah; Triangle Enterprises; A&K Construction Inc.; Computer Services Inc.; Paducah Bank; P&L Railways Inc.; Crowdus Maintenance/Cleaning; Denton & Keuler, LLP; Anita Williams, and an anonymous donor.

Additional funds will be presented to Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Keystone Club members Daija Davis and Jordan Tyler from the Charles Hicks Memorial Scholarship Fund provided by USEC.

Including 2014 awards, MCCCE has made educational assistance in excess of $120,000 to more than 196 area individuals since 2007.

Scholarship funds and laptop computers will also be presented to five students in Class III of the PaxtonScholars Program. Heather Redd, JeanKyrean Shaw, Jade Townsley, Rafiel Banks and Ke'Londre Quarles will receive scholarship funds earned during their junior and senior years of high school.

They will also receive funds next year, which they will earn during their first two semesters of college. Those funds were awarded based on the students' grade point averages.

BB&T provided the funds to purchase college-ready laptop computers and backpacks for all five students in Class III of the PaxtonScholars Program this year, according to MCCCE, and a representative of BB&T in Paducah will present the items at the reception.

The 20 students chosen to receive the 2014 MCCCE scholarship funds, which total $19,000, were selected based on their GPAs, financial need, achievements and goals.

The students with their chosen colleges and majors:

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Azia Rouse: University of Kentucky, nutrition/food science major.

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Kortney Williams: University of Louisville, nursing major.

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Sharla Wilson: WKCTC, nursing major.

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Tatianna Gayles: Murray State University, biology/pre-vet major.

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Lawonna Dickerson: WKCTC, nursing major.

n Domonique Wharton: WKCTC, surgical tech major.

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Kristie Morris: WKCTC, nursing major.

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Lauren Henderson: WKCTC, business management major.

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Bethany Beal: Georgetown College, business administration major.

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Breondra Cork: WKCTC, medical technology major.

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Jailon Chism: University of Kentucky, music education major.

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Gianna Douglas: North Carolina A&T State University, biology/pre-med major.

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Brennan Draw: WKCTC, education major.

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Martin Livingston: school undecided, counseling.

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Yasmine Martinez: MSU, cellular biology/pre-med major.

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Cydney Moore: Pepperdine University, business major.

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Tiana Morris: Southern Illinois University, social work major.

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Jordan Riley: West Kentucky Community & Technical College, physical therapy major.

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Johnesia Scott: West Kentucky Community & Technical College/University of Kentucky, chemical engineering major.

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Jewel Wilson: West Kentucky Community & Technical College, associate in arts major.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities donated funds again this year to purchase two new college-ready laptop computers with carrying cases, and Cathy Elliott will award them to two scholarship winners during the program.

For the third year in a row, a laptop computer donated by Linwood Motors President Jeff Eickholz will be presented to a student at the reception.

The reception is open to the public, but MCCCE warns that seating is limited. To purchase tickets, call 270-444-6962. MCCE suggests making a $10 donation for tickets.

Information on how to donate funds to MCCCE can be found online at http://mccce.org.

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