The winners of the spring 2009 semester Roy R. Crawford Memorial College Scholarships given by Elkhorn-Hazard Coal Land, LLC are Rebecca Hampton, Paige Nicole Lewis, and Amber LaShae Watts.
Rebecca Hampton, daughter of Frank and Barbara Hampton of Jenkins, was graduated from Jenkins High School in 2003. She was ranked first in her class with a 4.0 grade point average. While attending high school, she was co-captain of the academic team; a member of the track team, SADD, Beta Club; and assistant editor of the yearbook/ newspaper staff. She also participated in the School to Work program at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.
She is now a graduate student in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky working toward a doctor’s degree in pharmacy. She is taking extra courses to earn a dual degree and will graduate with a master’s degree in public administration. She is a member of the Lambda Kappa Sigma Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, the Kentucky Alliance of Pharmacy Students, and the Student Athletic Council, and is a volunteer with UK Reading Buddies and Moveable Feast.
She considers herself to be a self-motivated, determined, and goal-oriented person and has received numerous academic honors. She became interested in becoming a pharmacist while participating in the School to Work program in high school, and wants to return to this area in which she grew up, and says she loves to give back and help others in her community. She says she loves the natural beauty of the mountains and feels growing up here has shaped her into who she is today.
Paige Nicole Lewis is a daughter of Robert and Patricia Lewis of Whitesburg. She was graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2008 and was ranked eighth in her class with a 3.79 grade point average. While attending WHS, she was a member of the Beta Club, Drama Club, Interact Club, and About Face Youth Ministries, and was a PSI Teen-leader, a cheerleader, editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and student government secretary.
She is a freshman at Transylvania University in Lexington and is a member of Chi Omega and the Junior Panhellinic Council. She says she is a very driven, motivated, and competitive person, which has helped her to challenge herself and succeed academically. She plans to major in biology and then to become a doctor in pediatrics
She says she loves the community where she grew up because of its close-knit atmosphere and that everyone is caring and sincere. She says when her education is complete she plans to return to eastern Kentucky to work and live so she can contribute to the area she loves so much and give health care to the children of the area.
Amber LaShae Watts, daughter of Robert and Sharon Watts of Whitesburg, was graduated in 2008 from Letcher County Central High School ranked second in her class and one of five valedictorians with a 4.37 grade point average. While in high school she was vice president of the Student Government Association, Interact Club treasurer, and a member of the Drama Club, Beta Club, and Pep Club.
She will attend the University of Kentucky where she will major in accounting because of its combination of mathematics and business. She plans to continue her studies until she has earned a master’s degree and then a certified public accountant license.
She says she knows how important it is to set big goals and then to strive very hard to achieve them. She says she loves the simplistic beauty and small town atmosphere of her community, and after she earns her degree she can think of no better place to live and work and in eastern Kentucky.
The scholarships are given each semester by Elkhorn-Hazard Coal Land Corporation 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.