23 receive ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 | Comments Off on 23 receive ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships

Twenty-three high school seniors have been selected to receive 2017 “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 private donations to Operation UNITE.

“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 2017 “I Am UNITE” Scholarships are:

  • Hallea Barnhill, Knox Central High
  • McKenzie Bentley, Harlan County High
  • Haley Blakley, Harlan County High
  • Kaylee Brown, Bell County High
  • Patricia Clem, Harlan County High
  • Faith Love Duff, Owsley County High
  • Tori Ellison, Corbin High
  • Tanner Evans, Owsley County High
  • Ally Fisher, Somerset Christian
  • Hannah Fugate, North Laurel High
  • Mason Isaac, Magoffin County High
  • Sydney Jarvis, Clay County High
  • Shelby Jones, Shelby Valley High
  • Amber Leddington, Knox Central High
  • Natasha McQueen, Buckhorn School
  • Ethan Morton, Harlan Independent
  • Maranda Nichols, Breathitt County High
  • Cole “Joseph” Nickell, Morgan County High
  • Tucker Powers, Somerset High
  • Jessie Rapier, Corbin High
  • Dalton Rowe, Rockcastle County High
  • Emily Sellers, Southwestern High
  • Megan Thompson, Prestonburg High
  • To view photos of scholarship presentations click here.

    The “I Am UNITE” Scholarship program was established by the UNITE Foundation in May 2013. To date, the UNITE Foundation has provided scholarships to 112 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.