scholarship purple 300CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (1/1/20) — West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah awarded $855,000 in scholarships to 385 students in the 2019-20 academic year, college officials announced today.

Christian County students were listed among awardees including Joshua Ausenbaugh, Marvin Companion Scholarship; Layton Gibson, George E. Beiderwell II Scholarship and Paducah Engineering Diversity Scholarship and Joshua Rozmarynowski received the George E. Beiderwell II Scholarship.

More than 1,300 scholarship applications were submitted for the current academic year, said Lee Emmons, executive director of the Paducah Junior College, the charitable foundation for WKCTC. The foundation disburses scholarship funding at WKCTC.

Emmons, who is also vice president of institutional advancement and development at WKCTC, said 400 scholarship awards were possible this year through the generosity of donors.

"Many individuals, businesses, and organizations contribute to make higher education attainable for area students," Emmons said in a statement. "Through personally endowed scholarship funds, annual contributions, gifts to the academic scholarship fund and support for the Community Scholarship Program, our generous donors give the gift of education to hundreds of students each year. PJC has the privilege of disbursing these funds through scholarship awards to deserving WKCTC students."

WKCTC has expanded eligibility for academic or "merit" scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year, for which applications are currently being accepted, the college reported. Merit-based scholarships will now be offered to high school seniors who apply with a 21 ACT score and 3.0 GPA or above and enroll full-time at WKCTC.

"This change expands eligibility to include a significantly greater number of applicants and will reward hard-working students who have commendable academic achievements along with rewarding the very top students," Emmons said.

In addition to merit-based scholarships for incoming freshmen, WKCTC offers need-based, program-specific, and other scholarships, including those designated for non-traditional and current WKCTC students. Applications for all scholarships are accepted through the WKCTC website at

Scholarship applications for the academic year that begins in August 2020 must be received by March 1, 2020. Students with scholarship application questions may contact the WKCTC student services department at (270) 534-3069 after Jan. 6, 2020. Donations to PJC are tax deductible. For more information, contact Emmons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (270) 534-3084.

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