Harlan County residents, organizations and businesses can help reward the area’s best and brightest students for their academic success by contributing to the Harlan County Community Scholarship Fund.
Honoring students from Harlan Independent and Harlan County Schools, community scholarships in the amount of $1,250 are awarded along with $750 Harlan County Soil Conservation District Scholarships.
Winners will be announced at the annual Harlan County Community Scholarship Banquet set for May 5 at Benham Schoolhouse Inn.
“Harlan County will once again be well-represented in college classrooms in the fall, we have some of the brightest seniors in the Commonwealth competing for scholarship dollars at this year’s banquet,” said C.D. Morton, Harlan Independent Schools superintendent who alternates with Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard in overseeing the board of directors from year to year.
“There have been many generous contributions in the past and we certainly hope that we will see those again this year,” said Howard. “Even if you can spare only $25, $50 or $100, that certainly adds up when you need to raise the $5,000 necessary to present the students the scholarships on May 5.”
Scholarship recipients attending Harlan High School and Harlan County High School will be honored at the annual banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to the Harlan County Community and Harlan County Soil Conservation District Scholarships, numerous organizations utilize the banquet to present scholarships to their honorees.
Donations to help continue the scholarship program are being accepted. The tax-deductible contributions may be mailed to: Harlan County Community Scholarship Fund, Inc., ATTN: Susie Mavinidis, Treasurer, 106 South Cumberland Avenue, Harlan KY 40831.
Questions about the fund may be directed to Mavinidis by calling 606-573-2838, Superintendent Howard at 606-573-4330 ext. 2018 or Superintendent Morton at 606-573-8700 ext. 6204.
Tickets for the banquet are on sale for $15 and may be purchased at the Harlan Daily Enterprise, Harlan High School or Cumberland Elementary School.
Scholarships are based on five areas of performance. These include evidence of promise as a leader, well-defined college and/or career plans, referees have positive assessment of applicants, high school performance and academic achievement as measured by standardized tests.