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2003-06-27 schools
Ratliff awarded scholarship to MSU

BRANDON RATLIFF of Meally has received a Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship Grant for Prospective Educators. The MSU freshman and 2003 graduate of Johnson Central High School was one of only 30 recipients from among 635 finalists for the prestigious award. He is flanked by his parents, Rick and Sherry Ratliff. MSU photo (click for larger version)
MOREHEAD A Morehead State University freshman has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from Phi Delta Kappa International, the professional organization for educators.

PDK and the PDK Educational Foundation annually recognize outstanding senior high school students who plan to pursue a teaching career. Brandon Ratliff of Meally, a 2003 graduate of Johnson Central High School, was one of only 30 recipients from among 635 finalists for the Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship Grant for Prospective Educators.

In the 26 years PDK has granted scholarships, Ratliff is the first recipient from Kentucky.

Ratliff, the son of Rick and Sherry Ratliff, has attended the Upward Bound program for the past three years and is currently attending summer school at MSU. While at Johnson Central, he was president of the Beta Club, and plans to pursue a career as a high school physics and chemistry teacher.

During the selection process, local PDK chapters review then submits up to four applications to the international headquarters for consideration. Students participating in the program were from high schools in the U.S., Canada and other nations. Since the grant program began more than 800 students have received awards with a cumulative value of $960,000.

Dr. Robert Boram, professor of science, is the PDK Foundation representative for the MSU chapter.

PDK's membership includes approximately 87,000 educators in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia and Asia, The organization promotes quality education, with emphasis on publicly supported education as essential to the development and maintenance of a democracy.

Additional information is available by calling Dr. Boram at (606) 783-2931, or by e-mail to r.boram@)moreheadstate .edu.

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