More scholarships possibly coming to more counties

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Recently Governor Steve Beshear signed the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship (K4CS)resolution which will provide scholarships to students in nine Kentucky coal counties.

But, not all coal producing counties were included, so now three counties are drawing up their own resolutions.

Almost everyone agrees that it's a good idea to use coal severance tax money for college scholarships, but the questions comes in exactly what the best way is to do that.

"It's kind of a slap in the face for these three counties. So I called the other three judges, and I said, 'what do you think? Do a resolution and do our own for our kids to go to college? And let them go where they want to go?'" said Perry County Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble.

Recently the governor signed a proposal to do just that, but it did not include Leslie, Breathitt and Perry Counties.

"Their excuse was that we had a college here, and it was funded through this system. And we were left out," said Noble.

So the three counties are currently passing resolutions that will provide up to $2 million in scholarships for students in their counties.

"I think these funds should be put out there for the kids so they can get a better education, wherever they want to go," said Noble.

Even though this new scholarship program would not directly benefit UPike, officials support it.

"We're obviously very excited about the "K4CS" scholarship, and if other counties feel like they need to apply for their own scholarship, we are certainly not against any student having the opportunity for a student to use coal severance money to support their education," said Vice-President of UPike James Hurley.

These three counties just want to make sure their students have the same opportunities.

Perry County passed its resolution Tuesday. Once Leslie and Breathitt do the same it will be sent to the governor for consideration.

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