Conservation district awards scholarships

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By Bryan Marshall


Three Grant County residents were recently awarded scholarships for non-traditional students attending Northern Kentucky University Grant County Center.

Katie Buckley, 22, of Corinth, Shelli Johnson, 43, and Edward Denton, 43, both of Williamstown were the recipients of the scholarships.

The scholarships, which are given out twice a year, are provided by the Grant County Conservation District.

Buckley is the daughter of Mary Jo Kase and the niece of Pat Bruns.

The scholarship will help pay for books and school, said Buckley, who hopes to finish college and get a job she loves.

“I want to thank Grant County NKU for being there for me through my first year,” she said. “Betsy John-Jennings has been amazing.”

Johnson, wife of Matt and mother to Christopher and Jenna, is a sophomore at the school.

She said the scholarship will allow her to reduce the amount of her student loans.

“I intend on receiving my B.A. (bachelor of arts degree) for organizational leadership and eventually grant write for a non-profit organization,” Johnson said.

Denton, a freshman, is the son of Holly and Melvin Denton.

Along with reducing his student loans, the scholarship will help fund his summer term.

His future plans include finishing his music education.

“I’m really pleased and excited,” Denton said. “I’m honored to represent NKU Grant County Center.”

In 2006, the Grant County Conservation District Board of Supervisors established the Non-Traditional Scholarship for students attending the NKU Grant County campus.

The scholarship is based on the following criteria:

• Must be a three-year resident of Grant County and pursuing a defined course of study.

• The award shall be based on financial need and the recipient’s ability to complete the course work.

• Each of the scholarships may be divided between students if in the judgement of the school it would be more beneficial in promoting student enrollment.

• The selection process will be accomplished by the Northern Kentucky University Grant County Center personnel in collaboration with the Grant County Conservation District.

Interested students should apply at the NKU Grant County campus.