May 25, 2017

Versailles, Ky. – The Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA) is pleased to announce and award 112 scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, to local high school and area technology center students who participated in, and graduated from, its Junior Coal Academy programs across the state during the 2016-17 academic year.

“It’s always exciting to give young students the opportunity to discover their potential, and our program and these scholarships do just that,” said Junior Coal Academy Coordinator Barney Judd. “Graduates learn a variety of skills through their coursework and they can use these scholarships to continue higher education at one of our colleges in not only mining technology, but also in a variety of other career and technical fields, like automotive technology, carpentry, diesel mechanics, electricity, HVAC, information technology, welding and more.”

Students who are members of the Junior Coal Academy, which is operated in partnership with four colleges that are part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), begin exploring pathways to higher education during their junior year, and have an expressed interest in mining technology, engineering or a closely related field.

The recipients are listed below by KCTCS college service area, and by high school or area technology center.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Belfry Area Technology Center:
Alejandro Bustos, Brittany Daniels, Joshua Edmiston, Nicholas Francis, Austin Keene, Jacob Maynard, Kevin Parsley, Brayden Preece, Clifton Robinson, Lorilea Runyon, James Scott, Ethan Thompson

Floyd County Area Technology Center: Brooklyn Addington, Matthew Compton, Colby Conway, Jessica Dye, Angelica Eichhorn, Tazxena Flannery, Landon Gillispie, Michelle Hall, Corbin Hamilton, Morgan Johnson, Christie Johnson, Dereck Keathley, Brooklyn Kidd, Dalton Kidd, Hunter Kidd, Jenna Kidd, Candace Little, Dalton Myers, Kenneth Spears

Johnson Central High School: Karissa Blair

Martin County Area Technology Center: Shane Begley, Sage Brewer, Emily Butcher, David Cantrall, Caitlyn Cook, Heather Fletcher, Jonathan Jude, Avory Lowe, Shaila Mantle, Timothy Maynard, Lafayette Messer, Brittany Moore, Brayden Muncy, Johnathan Pope, Amber Robinson, Kaitlyn Scott

Millard County Area Technology Center: Austin Akers, Koby Burke, Chad Coleman, Christopher Gunter, Dakota Johnson, Mark Lowe, William Meade, Russell Osborne, Brady Slone Aaron Tackett, Austin Weatherford


Hazard Community and Technical College

Knott County Area Technology Center: Greydon Amburgey, Justin Beverly, Brady Breeding, Bo Brooks, Anna Clutts, Aaron Combs, Dennis Combs, Jordan Combs, Christopher Hall, Jena Johnson, Zachery Johnson, Ishmael Long, Kedrick McLimex, Kyra Osborne, Haylee Pratt, Joseph Pridemore, Gregory Ritchie, Christopher Short, Alexandra Slone, Brandon Slone, Dalton Slone, Gavin Slone, Stephanie Slone, Savannah Smith, Elizabeth Tibbs, Lucas Vance, Andrew Watkins, Kayla Wicker

Lee County Area Technology Center: Alyson Brandenburg, Jenny Tutt


Madisonville Community College

Hopkins Central High School: Shawn Clark

Muhlenberg County Area Technology Center: Kailey Brandon, Courtney Brumfield, Ashley Dukes, Shelby Simpson, Logan Suttle, Hannah Thresher

Webster County Area Technology Center: Kyle Smith, David Stevens, James Townsend, Nicholas Vincent

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Bell County Area Technology Center: Dillon Spade

Letcher County Area Technology Center: Jacob Bates, Noah Brock, Ethan Eldridge, Dalton Fleming, Jacob Gibson, Mark Harvey, James Howard, Victoria Ingram, Zachery Jones, Triston Polly, Ethan Porter

In order to use these scholarships, which can only be applied to tuition, students need to enroll in any type of course or academic program at one of the four KCTCS colleges listed above within a year of graduation. If a student isn’t able to apply these funds to tuition within the first year of attendance, the funds can be applied to a future semester as long as the student remains enrolled and has the opportunity to use the funds. The Junior Coal Academy awarded 105 scholarships in 2016 and 118 in 2015.

For more information about the KCA’s programs and services, connect with us at, and Twitter @KyCoalAcademy.