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Residents of Coal-Producing Counties May Apply for College Scholarships


Residents of 35 coal-producing counties in Kentucky can now apply for the 2016-2017 Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship. The scholarship helps residents of the state’s coal‐producing counties complete a bachelor’s degree.

A student must:

•Be a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of a Kentucky coal‐producing county.

•Have earned at least 60 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree.

•Be enrolled at least half‐time in a bachelor’s degree program.

•Be in good academic standing.

•Have no past-due financial obligations to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

The counties are Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Clay, Daviess, Elliott, Floyd, Hancock, Harlan, Henderson, Hopkins, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McLean, Menifee, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Union, Webster, Whitley and Wolfe.

The award amounts are:

•Up to $7,027 per year at a nonprofit, independent college in a coal-producing county.

•Up to $2,377 per year at a public university extension campus in a coal‐producing county.

•Up to $3,514 per year at a public or nonprofit, independent college whose main campus is in Kentucky but is not in a coal‐producing county.

The scholarship may be used at college not in a coal‐producing county only if the student is pursuing an approved bachelor’s degree program in a major not offered at any college in a coal‐producing county.

To apply, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship application at: http://www.kheaa.com before May 1.

To access the online application, students must sign in from the home page. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to the date the FAFSA was submitted.

To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to: http://www.gotocollege.ky.gov

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit: http://www.kheaa.com or write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7214.

(story provided by KHEAA)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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