From its beginning, the Mountain Heritage Festival contributed to the education of Letcher Countians by providing scholarships to eligible graduating high school seniors as well as non-traditional students.
When fund raising began in 1989 for the Whitesburg Campus of Southeast Community College at the Coca Cola Plant, the Mountain Heritage Festival pledged $10,000. The Festival Committee fulfilled its obligation in 1994, and continued to provide scholarships to Letcher County students.
In the 30th year of the Mountain Heritage Festival, the Festival Committee continues to provide scholarships and has contributed over $44,000 toward the education of Letcher Countians.
The recipients of this year’s scholarships are:
Laci A. Morgan of Millstone is the daughter of Ronnie and Michelle Morgan and plans to attend Southeast Community College. She is a 2012 graduate of Letcher County Central High School. She plans to major in nursing, specializing in kidney dialysis.
Travis Dakota Holland of Neon is the son of Brett and Tina Holland and is a 2012 graduate of Jenkins High School. He plans to attend Southeast Community College to obtain an associate degree in criminal justice with plans to become a Kentucky state policeman.
Timothy Profitt of Whitesburg is the son of Ronald and Beverly Profitt and is a 2012 graduate of LCCHS. He plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
Mark Jarrod Stamper of Whitesburg is a son of Mark and Wanda Stamper. He is a 2012 graduate of LCCHS. He plans to attend Lindsey Wilson College majoring in psychophysiology with plans to become a pharmacist.