2011 Scholars Program Winners Announced

Alliance Coal, LLC and its affiliates (participating employers) are pleased to announce the 2011 scholarship winners selected by Scholarship Management Services®.

"We salute our eight top-ranked students and congratulate them, their parents, and their teachers on their accomplishments," said Brian L. Cantrell, Sr. Vice President and CFO. "Alliance Coal is pleased to support these outstanding scholars in their continuing academic and leadership excellence within their schools and their communities."

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program each year honors scholastic achievement by the sons and daughters of employees, awarding $1,000 scholarships to its top three graduating high school seniors and $500 scholarships to the next five highest-ranking candidates. The $1,000 scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years.

Since the program’s founding in 1996, $181,500 has been awarded to 113 students, as well as $22,500 to teachers through the Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Awards.

$1,000 Scholarships

The top three students, each awarded $1,000 renewable scholarships, are:

Jessie E. Almon, graduate of Hopkins County Central High School in Mortons Gap, Kentucky, son of Benjamin E. Almon, employed by Hopkins County Coal, LLC in Madisonville, Kentucky. Jessie will study Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Indiana.

Heidi C. Wallace, graduate of Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma, daughter of James D. Wallace, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Heidi will study Civil Engineering at the Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Talaney E. Werne, graduate of Crittenden County High School in Marion, Kentucky, daughter of Richard L. Werne, employed by River View Coal, LLC in Waverly, Kentucky. Talaney will major in Biology at The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

$500 Scholarships

The scholars receiving $500 awards are:

Trisha L. Fultz, graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, West Virginia, daughter of Lyle E. Fultz, employed by Tunnel Ridge, LLC in Triadelphia, West Virginia. Trisha will major in Math and Computer Science at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

Jacob S. Greenwell, graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky, son of Ann W. Greenwell, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC in Lexington, Kentucky. Jacob will study Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

LaShea N. Loveless, graduate of Crittenden County High School in Marion, Kentucky, daughter of Larry D. Loveless, employed by Webster County Coal, LLC in Nebo, Kentucky. LaShea will major in Criminal Justice at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. 

Ryan T. Pappenfuss, graduate of Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Illinois, son of Donald L. Pappenfuss, employed by River View Coal, LLC in Waverly, Kentucky. Ryan will major in Education at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois.

Makenzie P. Stokes, graduate of Mounds High School in Mounds, Oklahoma, daughter of Ashley A. Stokes, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Makenzie will major in Psychology at The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Teacher Achievement Awards

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program also supports excellence in teaching through its Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Awards – $500 awards to the elementary, junior-high, or senior-high teachers recommended by the top three scholarship recipients each year.

"Through these awards, we recognize not only the achievements of our students but also the hard work of the teachers who made significant contributions to their students' accomplishments," said Cantrell. "We congratulate teachers Dawn Carter of Hopkins County Central High School in Mortons Gap, Kentucky; Mary Anderson of Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma; and Amy Hardin of Crittenden County High School in Marion, Kentucky." 

Scholarship America, the nation's largest private sector scholarship and educational support organization, administers all aspects of Alliance Coal Scholars Program, including the selection process.