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PaxtonScholars program accepting applications

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The board of directors of the McCracken County Community Career Endowment, Inc. has opened the application submission period for the 2014-15 PaxtonScholars Program which will consist of six talented, economically disadvantaged eleventh grade African American students currently enrolled in the Paducah Independent or the McCracken County School system.

These six juniors will compose Class V of the PaxtonScholars Program and they will begin with a student/parent/guardian orientation with members of the MCCCE board of directors shortly after their selection.

The PaxtonScholars Program seeks to address the various challenges that face African-American high school students by incorporating enhancement of self-esteem, facilitation of parent/guardian advocacy, provision of peer and mentor interaction, maintenance and improvement of academic performance and preparation for college transition. Selected PaxtonScholars will have an opportunity to earn college funds by maintaining or earning higher GPAs during their junior and senior years of high school through their first two semesters of college.

MCCCE, Inc. was created in 2006 after receiving a donor directed endowment of one million dollars administered by the Community Foundation of West Kentucky as donated by the late Fred and wife Peggy Paxton. Since incorporation, the endowment has awarded Scholarships, Educational Assistance and Family Needs assistance totaling over $145,000.00 to students and needy families. The board will continue awarding Scholarships and Educational Assistance to students who are continuing their post secondary education after high school in addition to the PaxtonScholars Program.

Those wishing to donate tax deductable funds and/or services should contact the office at 270-444-6962 for more information. The McCracken County Community Career Endowment, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.

The 2014-2015 PaxtonScholars Program Class V application and instructions can be obtained by visiting the MCCCE, Inc. website at mccce.org or by calling 270-444-6962. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by Sept. 30 and late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

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