2012 Scholars Program Winners Announced

Alliance Coal, LLC and its affiliates (participating employers) are pleased to announce the 2012 scholarship winners selected by Scholarship Management Services®.

"Alliance Coal is proud to recognize the achievements of these top-ranked students," said Brian L. Cantrell, Sr. Vice President and CFO. "We're pleased to sponsor a scholarship program that supports the continuing exceptional academic and leadership endeavors of these eight scholars."

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, $195,000 has been awarded to 128 students, as well as $24,000 to teachers through the Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Awards.

$1,000 Scholarships

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

Madison L. Travis, graduate of Crittenden County High School in Marion, Kentucky, daughter of Mark French, employed by River View Coal, LLC in Waverly, Kentucky. Madison will study Civil Engineering at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Ryan S. Pharr, graduate of Mount Vernon Senior High School in Mount Vernon, Indiana, son of Karen Pharr, employed by White County Coal, LLC in Carmi, Illinois. Ryan will study Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Raven N. Sprague, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, daughter of J. Chris Vanover, employed by River View Coal, LLC in Waverly, Kentucky. Raven will major in Nursing at The University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.

$500 Scholarships

The scholars receiving $500 awards are:

Kathryn L. Ashby, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, daughter of Lanny Ashby, employed by Warrior Coal, LLC in Madisonville. Kathryn will major in Engineering at The University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cassidy M. Hyde, graduate of Henderson County High School in Henderson, Kentucky, daughter of Kevin Edwards, employed by River View Coal, LLC in Waverly, Kentucky. Cassidy will study Psychology at The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Cynthia J. Mann, graduate of Sheldon Clark High School in Inez, Kentucky, daughter of W. Ricky Mann, employed by Excel Mining, LLC in Pikeville, Kentucky. Cynthia will major in Biology at The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Kyleigh C. Taylor, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, daughter of Bruce Taylor, employed by Webster County Coal, LLC in Nebo, Kentucky. Kyleigh will major in Management at The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Michelle L. Welch, graduate of Southern Garrett High School in Oakland, Maryland, daughter of Darrell Welch, employed by Mettiki Coal, LLC in Oakland, Maryland. Michelle will major in Math at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland.

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.

"Most successful people were helped along the way by truly dedicated teachers, and our three top-ranked students recognized the teachers who had the greatest impact on them," said Cantrell. "We congratulate teachers Dustin Winslow of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky; Kevin Krizan of Mount Vernon Senior High School in Mount Vernon, Indiana; 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.