Alliance Coal, LLC and its affiliates (participating employers) are pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship winners as selected by Scholarship America®.
“We are very proud of these scholars of the class of 2020,” said Paul Mackey, Vice President, Employee Health and Benefits. “It’s a privilege to honor our 15 exceptional scholars with these awards. The Alliance Coal community congratulates these students, as well as their parents and teachers. We extend our support and excitement as these bright students venture on to future successes.”
As Alliance Coal recognizes the achievements of these graduates and contributes to their continuing education, the Scholars Program helps to identify and cultivate top talent for the future.
The Alliance Coal Scholars Program grants scholarships to employees’ daughters and sons pursuing postsecondary education in college and vocational school programs. The graduates’ academic achievements are recognized, as well as their contributions to the community and leadership in school activities. Renewable scholarships of $2,000 are awarded to the top five graduates. Ten $1,000 scholarships are awarded to the next highest-ranking candidates. In addition, the top-ranked students selected five teachers for the program's teacher recognition awards.
Since the program was founded in 1997, $468,500 has been awarded in scholarships to 235 students. An additional $41,500 has been presented to their teachers.
The following are the top five students, each awarded $2,000 renewable scholarships:
Brooke Anderson, graduate of Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, West Virginia, daughter of Eric Anderson, employed by Tunnel Ridge, LLC. Brooke will major in multimedia journalism and musical theatre or secondary education math at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.
Rachel Carver, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, daughter of Jonathan Carver, employed by Warrior Coal, LLC. Rachel will major in business management, engineering, or architecture at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Dylan Davis, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, son of John Davis, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Dylan will major in psychology at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.
Shelby Lindy, graduate of Castle High School in Newburgh, IN, daughter of Stephanie Lindy, employed by Matrix Design Group, LLC. Shelby will major in biology at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.
Rachel Sorge, graduate of St. Clairsville High School in St. Clairsville, Ohio, daughter of John Sorge, employed by Tunnel Ridge, LLC. Rachel will major in exercise physiology at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
The scholars receiving $1,000 awards are:
Ellison Anthis, graduate of Princeton Community High School in Princeton, Indiana, daughter of John Anthis, employed by Gibson County Coal, LLC. Ellison will major in nursing at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.
Lillian Daniel, graduate of Webster County High School in Dixon, Kentucky, stepdaughter of Chad Daniel, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Lillian will major in criminal justice at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
Joshua Guess, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, son of Donald Guess, employed by CR Services, LLC. Joshua will major in computer engineering at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
Abbey Hannah, graduate of Magoffin County High School in Salyersville, Kentucky, daughter of Robert Hannah, employed by Excel Mining, LLC. Abbey will major in biomedical science at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.
Evelyn Khong, graduate of Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky, daughter of Jimmy Khong, employed by Matrix Design Group, LLC. Evelyn will major in bioengineering at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kennedy McCullough, graduate of F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana, daughter of Steven McCullough, employed by Gibson County Coal, LLC. Kennedy will major in fashion merchandising and management at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Gracie Money, graduate of Gibson Southern High School in Fort Branch, Indiana, daughter of Craig Money, employed by Matrix Design Group, LLC. Gracie will major in biochemistry at Indiana University Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana.
Cole Neeley, graduate of Grayville High School in Grayville, Illinois, son of Marc Neeley, employed by Gibson County Coal, LLC. Cole will major in physical therapy at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.
Jessi Perry, graduate of Martin County High School in Inez, Kentucky, stepdaughter of William Mann, employed by Excel Mining, LLC. Jessi will major in biology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
Caitlyn Riley, graduate of Crittenden County High School in Marion, Kentucky, daughter of David Belt, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Caitlyn will major in medical laboratory technology at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky.
The Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Awards of $500 honor teachers selected by each of the top five scholarship recipients.
“We offer gratitude and recognition to all of the teachers who have contributed to the academic and personal growth of our scholars,” said Mackey. “A special congratulations goes to the five teachers selected by our scholarship recipients.”
Teachers receiving this year’s awards are: Sara Myser of St. Clairsville High School in St. Clairsville, Ohio; Tina Payton of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky; Craig Schlemmer of Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana; Lucas Shepherd of Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, West Virginia; and Nathan Tanner of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky.