Twenty-one high school seniors in the Class of 2024 have been selected to receive “I Am UNITE” scholarships totaling $31,500 for being champions for anti-drug prevention efforts in their schools and communities.

“Recipients of ‘I Am UNITE’ scholarships have excelled throughout much of their undergraduate careers. These new UNITE Ambassadors are champions for substance misuse prevention efforts not only within their schools, but their communities,” said Tom Vicini, UNITE President/CEO. “Recipients have provided peer mentorship, leadership, and community service. They continue to serve as an inspiration to others.”

“Prevention is so important. It is critical that youth learn from an early age the best ways to prevent the use of drugs – including alcohol, tobacco and marijuana,” Vicini added. “These scholarships celebrate those students who stand as examples for others.”

Each scholarship is worth $1,500 toward post-secondary education expenses. Funding for the scholarships comes entirely through private donations to Operation UNITE.

The “I Am UNITE” Scholarship program was established in May 2013.

To date, Operation UNITE has provided scholarships to 264 students.

2024 “I Am UNITE” Scholarship Recipients

  • Jerica Abner, Harlan Independent
  • Jonah Adkins, Belfry High
  • Morgan Blevins, Harlan County High
  • Mikyleigh Campbell, Jackson Independent
  • Jade Carroll, Wolfe County High
  • Jasmine Caudill, Jenkins Independent
  • Samuel Donohew, Bath County High
  • Jaylann Dunn, Wolfe County High
  • McKenley Eastep, Magoffin County High
  • Alyssa Fields, Jenkins Independent
  • Alexis Hale, Martin County High
  • Heaven Hensley, Harlan County High
  • Mallorie Hunt, Bath County High
  • Christian Larkey, Rockcastle County High
  • Anthony Lovett, Clay County High
  • Kaitlyn Messer, Pineville Independent
  • Lacy Napier, Shelby Valley High
  • McClellan Sizemore, Jackson Independent
  • Lauryn Smith, Leslie County High
  • Danielle “Dani” Story, Lincoln County High
  • Coltin Vallandingham, Magoffin County High