HINDMAN, Ky (WYMT) - When fans walk through the doors and pay admission at the WYMT Whayne Supply Mountain Basketball Classic, they are helping send eastern Kentucky students to college.
Shivani Pampati is one very deserving scholarship recipient who tells WYMT she plans to use her scholarship to go far.
At first glance, Pampati, who is a senior at Hazard High School, looks like your average student. But she will be the first to tell you there is more to her than meets the eye.
"Everyone would be like 'Where do you want to go, Shivani' like jokingly of course and I would be like 'Stanford' and then as I got older it became more real that I actually wanted to go there," said Pampati.
An eastern Kentuckian with dreams outside the mountains, some might call her aspirations rare. But she argues not so fast.
"It does feel awesome to like bring a new perspective to eastern Kentucky and be like I am from eastern Kentucky. I was born here. I was raised here. And I completely defy all your stereotypes of what people from here are supposed to be like," said Pampati.
She is getting a little help in the form of a one thousand dollar scholarship from the Mountain Classic to be exact.
"For me, when things start rolling I feel like they just keep rolling. So once I got that, okay, I am ready, like I cannot wait. I am really excited. I feel like good things are coming my way," said Pampati.
She was right. She just recently found out she has been accepted to Stanford.
"The reason I accomplished it is because I grew up in Hazard because there are so many things that they were so interested in that I could only get if I was in Hazard," said Pampati.
Shivani Pampati said she has not decided exactly what she will study at Stanford but she hopes to combine her interest in law and business.
The Mountain Classic scholarship awards banquet, originally scheduled for Monday, will be held Thursday night at six.