The annual Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Scholarship Banquet proved to be most successful as the evening, publicized as “a night of inspiration and gratitude,” paid tribute to over 80 scholarship recipients and the benefactors who made the gifts possible.
The event, held recently at the Benham School House Inn, also honored notable alumnae, Dr. Georgenna Riley and Georgetta Riley Richardson, who attended the college in the early 1970s before launching successful careers in medicine, corrections and social work.
The sisters, former Upward Bound students and natives of Harlan, were the featured speakers, recalling their time spent as SKCTC students and noted how a “passion for learning” was instilled in them by college staff and faculty who “willed them to be successful.”
The Rileys have established an endowed scholarship in memory of their parents.
Susan Caldwell, vice president of institutional advancement at Southeast, noted the occasion served to compliment the many generous donors to the SKCTC Scholarship Fund, which, during the 2013-14 academic year, have provided over 80 scholarships to students enrolled on all Southeast campuses at Harlan, Middlesboro, Cumberland, Whitesburg and Pineville.
Dr. Lynn Moore, president of the college, provided remarks extolling the generosity of the donors; while Carolyn Sundy, vice president for diversity and special programs, also spoke.
Events staged each year with contributions donated to the SKCTC Scholarship Fund include the Lillian Faye Simpson Scholarship Golf Classic, the Swappin’ Meetin’ 5K Run, the SKCTC employee Christmas party silent auction and the annual fund campaign.