More than 100 high school students got some help with their college education thanks to the WYMT Mountain Classic Scholarship Program.
102 high school seniors from across the region gathered in Perry Central's Auditorium Monday night to receive scholarships based on their work in the classroom.
“That’s what's so special about the WYMT Classic is that it’s not just a basketball tournament, this is an educational experience and it places value on the student athletes and the students,” said Randy Napier, the Tournament Manager.
More than $100,000 was donated by county governments, civic groups and businesses to make it possible.
During the past 26 years, more than two million dollars worth of scholarships have been given to help students further their education.
Former Governor and University of Pikeville President Paul Patton spoke at the awards banquet about the scholarship program and how it places an emphasis on improving education here in eastern Kentucky.
“We’re all working together in eastern Kentucky to help the region grow and to help students and our future and that’s what the students are going to do,” said Jim Boggs, WYMT Sales Manager.
Several Kentucky colleges will match the scholarship money as well which will make the scholarship that much sweeter.
The Mountain Classic Basketball Tournament will tip off Tuesday night and continue through Saturday.