2014 Scholars Program Winners Announced

Alliance Coal, LLC and its affiliates (participating employers) are pleased to announce the 2014 scholarship winners selected by Scholarship Management Services®.

“Alliance Coal congratulates the outstanding students who are this year’s scholarship recipients,” said Brian L. Cantrell, Sr. Vice President and CFO. “We are proud to sponsor this program and to recognize their academic successes and achievements in their communities. In addition to contributing to the students’ continuing education, this program also helps Alliance Coal identify and cultivate top talent for the future.”

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program recognizes scholastic achievement by the sons and daughters of employees, awarding $1,000 scholarships to the 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 1996, the program has provided $235,500 in scholarships to 145 students. In addition, three teachers are selected annually to receive a $500 Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Award. A total of $27,000 has been given to exemplary teachers since the program started 18 years ago. 

$1,000 Scholarships

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

Hannah E. Center, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, daughter of Doug M. Center, employed by Warrior Coal, LLC near Madisonville, Kentucky. Hannah will major in Biology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Alexis P. Gamblin, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, daughter of Jed N. Gamblin, employed by Warrior Coal, LLC near Madisonville, Kentucky. Alexis will study Accounting at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Mitchell Tinnell, graduate of Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky, son of Wesley R. Hedgepath, employed by Hopkins County Coal, LLC near Madisonville, Kentucky. Mitchell will major in Music Education at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
 

$500 Scholarships

The scholars receiving $500 awards are:

Dylan T. Hayes, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, son of Thomas T. Hayes, employed by Webster County Coal, LLC near Providence, Kentucky. Dylan will study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Martha R. McGraw, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, daughter of Michael B. McGraw, employed by Webster County Coal, LLC near Providence, Kentucky. Martha will study Nursing at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Cody A. Ramage, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, son of Ricky A. Ramage, employed by Sebree Mining, LLC near Sebree, Kentucky. Cody will major in Business at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Brett M. Seymore, graduate of Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Kentucky, son of Jeff D. Seymore, employed by Sebree Mining, LLC near Sebree, Kentucky. Brett will pursue Medical or Finance/Accounting studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Joseph S. Stillwell, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, son of Robert E. Stillwell, employed by River View Coal, LLC near Morganfield, Kentucky. Joseph will study Engineering at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

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.

“We join our top-ranked students in recognizing the important influences of the teachers they selected: Stephen Bishop of Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and Sarah Emerson and Shannon King, both of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky. We salute their dedication and contributions to their students’ success,” said Cantrell.

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.