23 awarded ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

Posted on May 3, 2016 | Comments Off on 23 awarded ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

23 awarded ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

Twenty-three high school seniors have been selected to receive 2016 “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $34,500 for being champions for anti-drug efforts.

Each scholarship is worth $1,500 toward post-secondary expenses. Funding for the scholarships comes from proceeds of the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit – the largest annual collaboration of professionals and advocates in the United States focused on the prescription opiate epidemic – which Operation UNITE has hosted for the past five years.

“These scholarships honor youth who have excelled – not only this year, but throughout much of their undergraduate careers – by being champions for anti-drug efforts within their schools and communities,” said Nancy Hale, UNITE President/CEO. “Recipients have provided peer mentorship, leadership and community service, and serve as an inspiration to others. They are true ‘UNITE Ambassadors’.”

Receiving 2016 “I Am UNITE” Scholarships are:

  • Eric M. Bullock, Crab Orchard, Rockcastle County High School, Rockcastle County. Plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University.
  • Austin O. Burnett, Barbourville, Knox Central High School, Knox County. Plans to attend Union College.
  • Bethany B. Davis, Vincent, Owsley County High School, Owsley County. Plans to attend Hazard Community and Technical College.
  • Halie J. Dooley, East Bernstadt, North Laurel High School, Laurel County. Plans to attend Somerset Community and Technical College.
  • Carli M. Dotson, Phelps, Phelps High School, Pike County. Plans to attend Morehead State University.
  • Aaron C. Hicks, David, South Floyd High School, Floyd County. Plans to attend Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
  • Joseph W. Hill, West Liberty, Morgan County High School, Morgan County. Plans to attend Morehead State University.
  • Miranda R. Hopkins, Pikeville, East Ridge High School, Pike County. Plans to attend Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
  • Taylor M. Howard, Baxter, Harlan County High School, Harlan County. Plans to attend the University of Kentucky.
  • Dacoda M. Johnson, Ashland, Fairview Independent High School, Boyd County. Plans to attend Ashland Community and Technical College.
  • Adrianna K. Kerns, Morehead, Rowan County Senior High School, Rowan County. Plans to attend Morehead State University.
  • Samarah J. Lovins, Livingston, Rockcastle County High School, Rockcastle County. Plans to attend Campbellsville University.
  • Morgan E. Moses, Williamsburg, Williamsburg City Schools, Whitley County. Plans to attend the University of Kentucky.
  • Jake P. Pierce, Somerset, Somerset High School, Pulaski County. Plans to attend Western Kentucky University.
  • Katelyn B. Reynolds, Harlan, Harlan County High School, Harlan County. Plans to attend Southeast Community and Technical College.
  • Carlin J. Robinson, Manchester, Clay County High School, Clay County. Plans to attend Western Kentucky University.
  • Rachel L. Shelley, Williamsburg, Whitley County High School, Whitley County. Plans to attend Somerset Community and Technical College.
  • Elyssa S. Slusher, Wallins, Harlan High School, Harlan County. Plans to attend the University of Kentucky.
  • Zachary D. Tackett, Branch, Shelby Valley High School, Pike County. Plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University.
  • Marissa P. Taylor, Jenkins, Shelby Valley High School, Pike County. Plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University.
  • Sheyanne N. Trent, Jackson, Jackson City School, Breathitt County. Plans to attend the University of Kentucky.
  • Emily E. Waller, Tomahawk, Sheldon Clark High School, Martin County. Plans to attend the University of Pikeville.
  • Rebekah J. Whitaker, Science Hill, Somerset Christian School, Pulaski County. Plans to attend Somerset Community College.
  • The “I Am UNITE” Scholarship program was established by the UNITE Foundation in May 2013. To date, the UNITE Foundation has provided scholarships to 89 students.

    To qualify for a scholarship, a student must:

    • Live within the 32 counties served by Operation UNITE;
    • Be a member of their school-based UNITE Club and/or serve as a team leader during Camp UNITE – a free, three-day, four-night leadership/adventure camp for middle school students held at the University of the Cumberlands;
    • Have an average cumulative GPA of 2.75;
    • Participate in a minimum of 25 hours volunteer community service; and
    • Submit an essay explaining how they exemplify the “I Am UNITE” theme.
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