Whitesburg KY

Alpha Natural Resources gives scholarships

Forty-eight high school graduates in five states — including eight from eastern Kentucky — will collectively receive up to $392,000 in college tuition over the next four years, courtesy of a High School Scholarship Program initiated earlier this year by Alpha National Resources, Inc.

The eastern Kentucky recipients are: Dorothy Adams of Jeremiah (Letcher County Central High), $1,000 General Scholarship; Devin Blair of Blackey (LCCHS), $2,500 Engineering Scholarship; Jacob Brashear of Jeff (Perry County Central High), $1,000 General Scholarship and $2,500 Engineering Scholarship; Cameron Fields of Whitesburg (LCCHS), $1,500 Sons & Daughters Scholarship; Nikki Lowe of Jenkins (Shelby Valley High), $1,500 Sons & Daughters Scholarship; Justin Pridemore of Isom (LCCHS), $2,500 Engineering Scholarship; Jessica Stines of Millstone (LCCHS), $1,500 Sons & Daughters Scholarship; and Madison Wheeler of Paintsville (Paintsville High), $2,500 Engineering Scholarship.

The eastern Kentucky scholarship recipients were honored at an Alpha awards ceremony and dinner held June 11 at Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg. The winners were selected by an independent educational support organization from more than 300 applicants drawn from 90 schools located in Alpha’s geographic footprint, which includes western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, north- east Tennessee and southern and central West Virginia.

Alpha’s scholarship initiative for high school seniors is one of the largest in the U.S. mining industry. During the first 10 years of the scholarship program, more than 500 students will receive college tuition assistance, which represents an estimated $4 million commitment on the part of Alpha.

For more information on Alpha High School Scholarship Program, contact Jessica Stollings at jstollings@alphanr.com.

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