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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Four local students receive Robert C. Byrd scholarships

FRANKFORT — Eighty-four Kentucky graduating high school senior recipients will have additional cash for college, thanks to the 2003-04 Robert C Byrd Honors Scholarship Program.

Four local recipients include Balin P. Loftus, The Piarist School, Floyd County; Virginia R. Fuller, Paintsville High School; Emily M. Robinson, East Ridge High School; and Donald L. Smith, Pike County Central High School.

Students from each of Kentucky’s six congressional districts were selected to receive the scholarships. Criteria included difficulty of high school courses, college entrance exam scores, an essay, teacher recommendations, academic honors, school activities and community service. The students each will receive a $1500 scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years.

Each participating school selected and submitted student applications with the number of applications based on school enrollment figures. Nearly 300 students statewide applied for the scholarships.

The Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Program provides funds to eligible graduating high school seniors and GED recipients in each state. More than 5,000 scholarships were awarded this year nationwide. The scholarships were established in honor of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia whose career has focused on the education and training of young people.

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