Thursday, August 27, 2015

K2C continues to bring in funds

J-E Editor

The Webster County Kids to College (K2C) continues to garner support and finances from the community. Last week the Webster County Bar Association (WCBA) made a donation of $1,000 to the organization, which is still in the fund raising stages.

“This is the first gift of what the Webster County Bar Association hopes to be many future gifts to WCK2C,” said Circuit Court Judge Rene Williams.

The ultimate goal of K2C is to raise a base amount of $1 million dollars, although $600,000 is the minimum the program needs to achieve. That amount will not sustain the program indefinitely, but it will give the initiative enough security to operate for the foreseeable future.
Currently K2C has raised  $332,500, almost half of the minimum goal through donors such as the WCBA. $250,000 donated by the Webster County Industrial Development Authority was a founding gift and not included in the $600,000 fundraising goal.

“The opportunity to help high school students in the area by providing them a place to start while staying close to home is a goal of the association, and we are excited to share this with the community,” said James Lee Pinkston, President of the WCBA.

K2C is a work ethic/scholarship program for all students at Webster County High School. Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, parents will have the opportunity to complete K2C enrollment of students at the beginning of the freshman year. Students must successfully meet the following criteria each school year to remain in the program and earn a Work Ethic Certificate:

•Quality - Maintain a minimum 2.50 grade point average (GPA) each academic year
•Attendance - Maintain a minimum 95% attendance (includes all excused/unexcused absences and tardies with the exception of school-related activities)
•Rigor - Take more than the minimum number of credits required for graduation
•Persistence - Complete high school in four years

Each student earning 4 K2C work ethic certificates (one in each grade, 9 – 12th) will be eligible for a tuition scholarship for up to $1,000 each semester for 4 semesters upon enrollment at Henderson Community College or Madisonville Community College. K2C scholarship funds are applied after KEES, financial aid, and other scholarships have been awarded.

The donation from Webster County Bar Association is part of funds already raised towards the WCK2C donations needed to support the program. Donations of at least $600,000 more are being raised over the next two years. Individuals interested in obtaining more information about the WCK2C work ethic scholarship program and the fundraising campaign can contact Judge Jim Townsend – 270.639.5042; Dr. Rachel Yarbrough – 270.639.5083; Dr. Judy Rhoads – 270.824.8562; Dr. Kris Williams – 270.831.9626; or Tom Glover – 270.836.3323.

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