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Scholarships offered to students affected by drug abuse

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Help is on the way for Kentuckians who have overcome drug addiction and are looking to go back to school.

Attorney General Jack Conway on Monday announced a new scholarship program that is also open to people who have been affected by drug abuse.

Students who beat drug addiction and those who have experienced drug abuse in their families are eligible for the scholarship program.

The two scholarships are worth $1,500 each.

"The students who receive them will have excelled in their personal and academic endeavors despite seeing the devastating consequences of prescription drug abuse in their own lives," Conway said.

The scholarships are funded by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and private donations.

The scholarships are named in memory of Michael Donta, 24, of Ashland, and Sarah Shay, 19, of Morehead. Both died from prescription drug abuse.

"I'm so amazed and honored that NADDI gave the money to help increase the funds for the scholarship," Shay's mother, Dr. Karen Shay, said. "And that they are willing to do that in memory of my daughter. She was truly a wonderful young lady."

James Medlin, the operations director at Chad's Hope, a drug recovery center in Clay County, said the scholarships are long overdue.

"There are several guys I am aware of who would definitely benefit from a program like this," Medlin said. "We've got several guys here in the program right now who, once they clean their life up and beat their drug addiction, their number one goal is to get their education. There aren't many doors that can be opened for that currently."

For more information on the scholarship program and details on how to apply, visit

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