Amber Lashae Watts, Joshua S. Proffitt and Tamara Nicole Potter are the winners of the fall 2011 semester Roy R. Crawford Memorial College Scholarships given by Elkhorn- Hazard Coal Land, LLC.
Watts, the daughter of Robert and Sharon Watts of Whitesburg, was graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2008, second in her class and one of five valedictorians with a 4.37 grade point average. While attending high school, she was vice president of the Student Government Association, treasurer of Interact Club, and a member of the Drama Club, Beta Club, Pep Club, and softball team. She was also a National History Day state runner-up and national competitor.
While attending the University of Kentucky, she has been a peer trainer for the Appalachian Media Institute and has been accepted into UK’s College of Social Work’s Honor Society in addition to being on the Dean’s List and finishing the spring semester with a 4.0 gpa. She is a senior at the UK this semester and plans to major in social work because of her strong desire to help others. After receiving her bachelor’s degree at UK, she plans to continue her studies and earn a master’s degree either from UK or Eastern Kentucky University. Watts says she knows how important it is to set big goals for herself and then to strive very hard to achieve those goals.
She says she loves the simplistic beauty and small town atmosphere of her community and after she earns her degree there is no better place she can think of to live and work than in eastern Kentucky. She says she would like to be able to work in the school system to help the youth of the area plan for their future.
Proffitt is the son of Barry and Stephanie Proffitt of Isom, and was graduated from LCCHS first in his class with a 4.5 gpa. In addition to being the valedictorian of his class, he was captain of the basketball team, playing all four years, and was tennis team captain and a member of the PRIDE Club. His basketball team was district champion when he was a senior, and he played in All-District and All-Region games.
He is a junior majoring in biology at Alice Lloyd College, where he has been named to the Dean’s Distinguished List and recognized as one of the top 40 ALC students. He has also been named to Who’s Who Among Students in American University and Colleges. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he plans to attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to become a doctor.
He says he is a hard worker and is always dedicated to the task at hand. He pushes himself to succeed, he says, loves his community where everyone seems to care about each other and would like to return to eastern Kentucky to provide health care for his neighbors and friends.
Potter was graduated from Jenkins High School in 2011, second in her class with a 4.02 gpa and earned a Commonwealth Diploma. While attending high school, she was a member of the Beta Club for four years, the National Honor Society for three years, the Letcher County Youth Leadership Program, the prom committee, and the volleyball team. She was also a PSI teen leader, a mentor for other youth, and a summer camp counselor.
She attends Pikeville College where she is majoring in chemistry. After receiving a bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend Midway College’s Pharmacy School.
She says she loves the fact that her community is so caring and friendly and she hopes to return to Letcher County to live and work and pursue her dream of someday owning her own pharmacy and helping her community.
These 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.