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Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) announced 19 recipients of scholarships, each in the amount of $1,250. Among the Kentucky recipients are local students, Ethen Ellington and Damien Hicks. Both students are graduates of Grant County High School.
Ellington, a student at the University of Kentucky, is pursuing a degree in Biology. He is the son of Williamstown residents Keith and Betsy Ellington. Ellington’s father (Keith) is an employee in the Stamping department at Toyota’s Georgetown plant.On campus, he serves as a leader in several capacities, and is also active in basketball, tennis and playing guitar.
Hicks is a student at the University of Louisville, where he is pursuing a degree in Music Education. A resident of Dry Ridge, he is the son of Rodney, who works in the Paint department at TMMK, and Cosette Hicks. He is a volunteer at Frazier Rehabilitation Institute in Louisville, a member of the U of L Marching band and in 2011 was recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award.
Designated for children of Toyota employees across the continent, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Scholarship Program was established in 2002 to commemorate the production of Toyota’s 10 millionth vehicle in North America. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic record, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, outside appraisals and a statement of goals and aspirations.