Corey Burns, a 2014 graduate of Harlan High School, has been named the recipient of the Andy Adkins Memorial Scholarship.
Burns is the son of Robbie and Teana Burns, of Harlan. He plans to attend the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg and major in secondary social studies and education.
He received the Harlan County Farm Bureau Scholarship, the Harlan High School Alumni Association Scholarship and an academic scholarship from the University of the Cumberlands.
The Adkins Scholarship is based on several criteria, but includes academic performance, extracurricular and community service activities and an essay.
While in school, he was a member of the Gifted Education Leadership, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, HHS baseball team and journalism. He is a member of the Sunshine Baptist Church and is active with the church youth group.
He is a volunteer at Christ’s Hands in Harlan, sold T-shirts to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Fund, storm relief fundraiser, participated in the Give a Toy Spread Some Joy for Santa Claus Mike Howard, and various other projects.
The scholarship, renewable for four years, is named in memory of Andy Adkins, who was many things to many people during his brief life. His priorities were to serve God, love his family and to be a role model to his students. Many young people described him as a father figure, best friend or big brother.
Adkins was a teacher at James A. Cawood High School, an instructor in the Upward Bound Program at Southeast Community College and a former teacher at Harlan City Schools. He was a Sunday School teacher and assistant to the youth pastor at Harlan Baptist Church, a son, a husband, father, brother and grandson.