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Three receive Crawford scholarships



Three Letcher County students have been named to receive Roy R. Crawford Scholarships. They are Cameron R. Brunty, Joshua S. Proffitt and Kayla Paige Stambaugh.

Cameron R. Brunty, the son of Ron and Helen Brunty of Letcher, was graduated from Letcher County Central High School last May. He was 10th in his class with a 4.345 grade point average. While attending high school, he was a member of the Pep Club and History Club and played football all four years. He was senior captain on the tennis team for two years, and was representative for Student Government for a year.

He now attends Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, where he is a member of the Pledging Sigma Chi and serves as vice-president. He is enrolled in the pre-engineering program and aims toward the 3-2 program with the University of Kentucky to major in chemical engineering. His goal is to earn a master’s degree in chemical engineering and his doctorate in physics.

He says he loves eastern Kentucky and feels the values he learned have been instilled by this area and have made him the man he is today. He hopes to be able to live and work in eastern Kentucky where he grew up, but will go wherever he needs to follow his dream and become successful. He says when he retires, he would like to teach physics in high school as this is a subject he loves.

The son of Barry and Stephanie Proffitt of Isom, Joshua S. Proffitt was graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2009. He was first in his class and valedictorian with a grade point average of 4.5. While attending high school, he was a member of the PRIDE Club and captain of the basketball team, playing all four years as well as playing tennis for two years and being captain. He played in All-District and All-Region basketball as a senior, and his team was district champion.

He attends Alice Lloyd College, where he is a senior and has been named to the Dean’s Distinguished List and recognized as one of the top 40 students at ALC. He is listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American University and Colleges and is a member of ALC’s Scholastic Society. He plays on the intramural basketball team and volunteers with Cowan Elementary School’s girls’ basketball team. His college major is biology and after earning a bachelor’s degree he wants to attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to become a doctor.

He says he considers himself a hard worker, is always dedicated to the task at hand and always pushes himself to succeed. He says he loves his community where everyone seems to care about each other, and would like one day to return to eastern Kentucky to provide health care for his neighbors and friends.

Kayla Paige Stambaugh, the daughter of Paul and Lori Stambaugh of McRoberts, was graduated from Jenkins Independent High School in 2012 with a 3.776 grade point average. While attending high school, she was a member of the Spirit Club, Beta Club, All-State 1st Team Academic, and Lady Cavs softball and basketball teams. She was captain of the basketball team and was named 14th Region Player of the Year. She served on the yearbook committee, and was on the cheerleading squad.

She attends Alice Lloyd College where she is majoring in accounting and a member of the basketball and softball teams. After completing her degree at ALC, she would like to attend graduate school at the University of Kentucky.

She says she considers herself to be an ambitious person and would one day love to return to her community where she feels its cultural heritage is unmatched and everyone is so friendly. She says she would be proud to return to her community to provide accounting services and give back to her community that has done so much for her.

The 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.

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