Twenty-eight students have received scholarships totaling $30,000 from two Mercer County endowments held by the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation.
Established in 1993 by C. B. Rowland, The Rowland Family Scholarship supports post-secondary education in Kentucky for students from Mercer and Boyle counties. Special consideration is given to qualifying children of current and former employees of Harrod Cleaners and R.V. Cablevision.
Since 1993, the Rowland Family Scholarship Fund has distributed 246 awards.
Carol Conover, daughter of the late C.B. Rowland and a WTCF board member, said, “My dad knew that we needed a way to reduce tax liability to preserve funds from the sale of R.V. Cablevision to provide the maximum charitable benefit. We support students all the way through their college education, and in some cases provide support for graduate study. It’s especially gratifying to see our money assisting area young people, and it’s comforting to know that the funds will provide grants forever. We have been very pleased with our choice of The Community Foundation of Louisville, and now the affiliate serving Mercer, Boyle, Garrard and Lincoln counties, Wilderness Trace Community Foundation,” said Conover.
The Garland and Thelma May Scholarship Fund, established in 2002 by the late Garland May, assists students at any grade level who reside in Mercer County. The fund since 2002 has provided 54 awards. Recipients include:
Kelsey Arnold, history major, Morehead State University; Lauren Bailes, psychology major, Western Kentucky University; Zachary Bailes, biology major, St. Catherine College; Tabitha Baker, robotics engineering major, Bluegrass Community and Technical College; Zachary Fyffe, biology major, University of Kentucky; Daniel Goodpaster, physical education major, Eastern Kentucky University; Lynzie Gray, education major, Campbellsville University; Spencer Gray, homeland security major, Eastern Kentucky University; Zachary Irvine, physical education major, Eastern Kentucky University; Brooke Lange, business management major, University of Kentucky; Rachel Merriman, pharmacy major, Eastern Kentucky University; Stephanie Million, chemistry/pre-pharmacy major, Eastern Kentucky University; Madeline Nolan, exercise science/physical therapy major, Bellarmine University; Michael Ohmstede, food marketing major, University of Kentucky; Daniel Peach, engineering major, undecided; Esther Rogers, veterinary medicine major, Auburn University; Mary Rolph, chemical engineering major, University of Louisville; William Royalty, mass communications/english major, Campbellsville University; Brittany Sims, undecided major, Georgetown College; Christian Slone, counseling major, Lindsey Wilson College; Sarah Wohner, nursing major, Bluegrass Community and Technical College; Lyndell Yeast, nursing major, Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
Galrland and Thelma May Scholarships
Caleb Conover, history major, Asbury University; Carson Kreider, general studies, University of Arkansas at Monticello; Russell Kreider, mathematics major, University of Arkansas at Monticello; Matthew Ohmstede, psychology/sociology major, University of Kentucky; Eric Smothers, creative writing major, Asbury University.
With total committed assets of $2.8 million, WTCF began in 2002 as the result of a study commissioned by the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce and is an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Louisville. For further information, call WTCF Board Chairman Pete Chiericozzi at (859) 325-3869 or visit www.wildernesstrace.org.
The Community Foundation of Louisville was founded in 1984, and is the largest community foundation in Kentucky with nearly $350 million in assets and more than 1,200 charitable funds. Each fund has its own name and charitable purpose as defined by its donors. In 2011, these funds awarded 7,500 grants totaling more than $33 million to nonprofit organizations in the Louisville area and beyond. For more information, visit www.cflouisville.org.