Staci Marie Hicks is the recipient of a Roy R. Crawford Scholarship for the spring semester.
Hicks, the daughter of Francis Hicks and the late Vernon R. Hicks of Mayking, was graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2012, 56th in her class with a 3.50 grade point average. While attending high school, she was a Bible Club leader for four years, and participated in volunteer work with the Letcher County Area Family Resource Center. She sang the National Anthem at school functions from the sixth grade.
She now attends Alice Lloyd College and is majoring in elementary education K-5 and hopes to teach in the Letcher County School System. She plans to earn a master’s degree and specialize in Special Education.
Hicks says she is a punctual and determined person with core principles who loves children and cannot wait to be able to nurture students in her care. She says she will never lose sight of each child’s unique abilities.
She loves eastern Kentucky, she said, and being from an area where people still have respect, caring and compassion for each other. Hicks says she is proud and excited to begin her next phase of life teaching and helping children here in her hometown.
Three scholarships are given each semester by Elkhorn Hazard Coal Land, LLC., 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.