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

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.