The winners of the fall 2007 semester Roy R. Crawford Memorial College Scholarships given by Elkhorn-Hazard Coal Land, LLC are Matthew Wayne Bailey, Keshia Georgetta Allen, and Whitney Elaine Banks.
Matthew Wayne Bailey is a son of Wayne and Freida Bailey of Isom, and was graduated from Whitesburg High School in 2005, ranking fourth in his class with a 4.36 grade point average. While in high school, he was a member of the academic team, Future Business Leaders of America, Appalachian Media Institute, Bible Club, and Interact Club. He was also captain of the golf team and co-captain of the tennis team.
He attends Berea College where he plans to earn a degree in physics and work for an engineering company or research facility. He says he considers himself to be very curious and loves learning what makes things work. Through physics, he hopes to unlock a whole new horizon of knowledge and wonder. He says he loves the friendliness of his community and how traditions are passed from one generation to another. He says of all the places he has gone, the people of eastern Kentucky are among the few who still maintain a sense of value for simplicity and love abounds. He hopes to return to eastern Kentucky to unlock his area’s potential and give back to those who nurtured him.
Keshia Georgetta Allen, daughter of Jimmy and Kitty Back of Cornettsville, was graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2007. She was ranked fifth in her class and was salutatorian with distinction, with a 4.31 grade point average. In high school she was a member of the academic team, Beta Club, and Interact Club. She was statistics keeper for the softball team, a PSI teen leader, a WYMT Mountain Student Achiever, and an Upward Bound participant, and was named to Who’s Who Among High School Students.
She plans to major in biology at Alice Lloyd College and attend medical school to become a physician’s assistant. She says she considers herself to be a hard worker and strives to reach the goals she sets for herself. She says she loves the qualities of her community where everyone is close knit and knows each other, and plans to return to eastern Kentucky to live and work when her education is complete.
Whitney Elaine Banks is the daughter of Steve and Tommye Banks of Whitesburg. She was graduated from Transylvania University with bachelor’s degree and has been accepted into graduate school at Eastern Kentucky University, where she plans to earn her master’s degree in occupational therapy. At Transylvania she was a member of Chi Omega sorority, Student Activities Board, Up Til Dawn Executive Board, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary, and Order of Omega Greek Honorary. She was also a public relations chair, Senior Challenge committee leader, and Phi Kappa Tau Dreamgirl.
She says she considers herself to be highly motivated and puts 110 percent into everything she does. She says she loves the beauty, closeness and sincerity of eastern Kentucky and the fact that her community is based on family oriented morals and values. She says she plans to live and work in eastern Kentucky upon completion of her education and give back to the community that has given her so much.
The scholarships are given each semester by Elkhorn-Hazard Coal Land Corporation in memory of both Roy R. Crawford Sr. and Roy R. Crawford Jr., who were both engineers and coal mine operators beginning with the founding of R.R. Crawford Engineering in 1925. Applicants must be residents of Letcher County and plan to live and work in eastern Kentucky upon graduation. Preference is given to applicants majoring in a field that will be beneficial to the coal industry, but all applications are welcome. Selections are based on academic achievement, personal character, and need.