2016 Scholars Program Winners Announced

Alliance Coal, LLC and its affiliates (participating employers) are pleased to announce the 2016 scholarship winners as selected by Scholarship Management Services.®

“Alliance Coal congratulates the 15 graduating seniors selected for this year’s awards,” said Paul Mackey, vice president, Employee Health and Benefits. “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Scholars Program, we are proud to support the outstanding scholarship and leadership demonstrated by these college-bound students. In addition to recognizing their achievements and contributing to their continuing education, we are given a unique opportunity to watch them grow into young professionals who will hopefully go on to make great contributions to their respective fields."

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program recognizes scholastic achievement by the sons and daughters of employees, awarding $2,000 scholarships to the top five graduating high school seniors and $1,000 scholarships to the next ten highest-ranking candidates. The $2,000 scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years.

Since 1996, the program has provided $298,500 in scholarships to 175 students. In addition, five teachers are selected annually to receive a $500 Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Award. A total of $32,000 has been given to exemplary teachers since the program started 20 years ago.

$2,000 Scholarships

The top five students, each awarded $2,000 renewable scholarships, are:

Mitchell Collins, graduate of Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana, son of Michelle Collins, employed by Matrix Design Group, LLC in Newburgh, Indiana. Mitchell will major in Chemistry at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.

Dasha Kolyaskina, graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky, daughter of Dmitry Kolyaskin, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC in Lexington, Kentucky. Dasha will major in Finance at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Annalyse Mann, graduate of Tolsia High School in Fort Gay, West Virginia, daughter of George Mann, employed by Excel Mining, LLC in Pikeville, Kentucky. Annalyse will study Nursing at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

Kerrigan Murphy, graduate of Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Illinois, daughter of Byron Stephens, employed by White County Coal, LLC near Carmi, Illinois. Kerrigan will study Nursing at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Joshua Stillwell, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, son of Robert Stillwell, employed by River View Coal, LLC near Waverly, Kentucky. Joshua will major in Engineering at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.

$1,000 Scholarships

The scholars receiving $1,000 awards are:

Blake Anthis, graduate of Princeton Community High School in Princeton, Indiana, daughter of John Anthis, employed by Gibson County Coal, LLC near Owensville, Indiana. Blake will study Nursing at Indiana University Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana.

Leeanna Blair, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, daughter of Jodi Blair, employed by CR Services, LLC in Nebo, Kentucky. Leeanna will major in Pharmacy at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Douglas Center, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, son of Doug Center, employed by Warrior Coal, LLC in Madisonville, Kentucky. Douglas will major in History at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Cody Cooper, graduate of Sheldon Clark High School in Inez, Kentucky, son of Ricky Slone, employed by Excel Mining, LLC in Pikeville, Kentucky. Cody will major in Education at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky.

Melanie Ellison, graduate of Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School in Norris City, Illinois, daughter of Michael Ellison, employed by River View Coal, LLC near Waverly, Kentucky. Melanie will study Dietetics at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.

Dylan Hollis, graduate of Crittenden County High School in Marion, Kentucky, son of Larry Hollis, employed by Webster County Coal, LLC near Providence, Kentucky. Dylan will study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jacob Marrs, graduate of Lincoln Christian School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, son of Angela Marrs, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jacob will study Digital Cinema at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Brooke Naylor, graduate of Carmi-White County High School in Carmi, Illinois, daughter of David Naylor, employed by White County Coal, LLC near Carmi, Illinois. Brooke will major in Science at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois.

Madison Vandiver, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, daughter of Murray Vandiver, employed by Webster County Coal, LLC near Providence, Kentucky. Madison will major in Biology/Pre-Med at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Emma Wallace, graduate of Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Illinois, daughter of Denny Wallace, employed by White County Coal, LLC near Carmi, Illinois. Emma will major in Education/Mathematics at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois.

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 five scholarship recipients each year.

“We join our top-ranked students in recognizing the teachers who have challenged them, encouraged their pursuits, and contributed to their achievements,” said Mackey. Alliance Coal congratulates teachers: Shonna Miller of Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana; Eddie Mullins of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky; Roger Spry of Tolsia High School in Fort Gay, West Virginia; Cathy Wall of Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Illinois; and Dustin Winslow of Union County High School in Morganfield, 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.