Organizers of Perry County scholarship fund want to double award

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Students in Perry County may soon have access to more scholarship money for college.

Organizers of the Cameron Hoskins Scholarship Fund said they are looking to double the amount of financial aid they give out each year - and turn a tragedy into something positive in the process.

The fund was started by the family of Cameron Hoskins, 12, who was killed when a car hit him in Chavies in August 2009.

"We're just trying to take something negative in our life and put something positive around it," Hoskins' uncle, Michael Smith, said.

The Cameron Hoskins Scholarship Fund provides $1,000-per-year scholarships to two students at each high school in Perry County.

But Smith said they want to upgrade the award from a two-year scholarship to a four-year scholarship.

"That's textbooks for their college career," Smith said. "If a student can get that plus a few other scholarships, it's really going to help them."

Additional scholarship money would be a big help for students, school officials said.

"That's big for any kid," Hazard High School principal Happy Mobelini said. "You get a thousand dollars...that's like free money. That could pay for books for a year or part of your meal ticket or activity fee."

Smith said, "We want Cameron's name to be carried on as there's a scholarship there. It's a positive thing that he's giving back even though he's not with us anymore."

A motorcycle ride fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, in Perry County. For more information on that event or how to donate to the scholarship fund, call (606)-407-1760.

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