2024 Scholars Program Winners Announced

Alliance Coal, LLC and its affiliates (participating employers) are pleased to announce the 2024 scholarship winners as selected by Scholarship America®.

“We join our Alliance Coal communities in celebrating this year’s scholars,” said Christi Henson, Manager, Human Resource Services. “Their success is a testament to not only their dedication and hard work, but also the encouragement and guidance provided by their parents and teachers. We’re honored to support them in their next academic step.” 

The Scholars Program not only recognizes the achievements of these graduates and contributes to their continuing education, but also helps Alliance Coal identify and cultivate top talent for the future. 

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program grants scholarships to employees’ daughters and sons who are pursuing postsecondary education in college and vocational school programs. Through these awards, Alliance Coal applauds these graduates’ academic achievements, leadership in school activities, and contributions to their communities.

The Scholars Program grants renewable scholarships of $2,000 to the top three students, and $1,000 scholarships to the other five students. In addition, the top-ranked students selected three teachers for the program’s teacher recognition awards.

Since the program was founded in 1997, it has awarded $561,000 in scholarships to 267 students, with an additional $47,500 awarded to their outstanding teachers. 

$2,000 Scholarships

The following are the top three students, each awarded $2,000 renewable scholarships:

 

Paisley Eckman, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky; daughter of Patrick Eckman, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Paisley will major in nursing at Henderson Community College in Henderson, Kentucky.

 

Lauryn Hendrix, graduate of Casey County High School in Liberty, Kentucky; daughter of John Hendrix, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC. Lauryn will major in communications at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Kailyn Williams, graduate of Eldorado High School in Eldorado, Illinois; daughter of William Williams, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Kailyn will major in agriculture business at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois.

$1,000 Scholarships

The scholars receiving $1,000 awards are:

 

Joseph Austin, graduate of Eldorado High School in Eldorado, Illinois; son of Joshua Austin, employed by Hamilton County Coal, LLC. Joseph will major in forestry management at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois.

 

Neko Dossett, graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky; daughter of Justin Williamson, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC. Neko will major in biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Zoie Hull, graduate of Carmi-White County High School in Carmi, Illinois; daughter of Justin Burnett, employed by Hamilton County Coal, LLC. Zoie will major in pre-law at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois.

 

Caroline Nalley, graduate of Webster County High School in Dixon, Kentucky; daughter of Andrew Nalley, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Caroline will major in nursing at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

 

Drew Sprague, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky; daughter of Stanley Willett, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Drew will major in kinesiology exercise science at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Teacher Awards

The Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Awards honor the integral part teachers play in their students’ academic growth. The top three scholarship recipients selected an elementary, junior-high, or senior-high teacher to receive this $500 award.

“We congratulate all the teachers who have inspired and mentored these students and extend special praise to the three teachers selected by our top-ranked scholars,” said Henson. 

This year’s Teacher Achievement Awards go to: Derek Coomer of Casey County High School in Liberty, Kentucky; Bridgett Mallory of Holy Name Catholic School in Henderson, Kentucky; and Paxton Morse of Eldorado High School in Eldorado, Illinois.