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Coleen Lynn Ellis and Diana Clifton recently were awarded $1,000 scholarships for non-traditional students attending Northern Kentucky University Grant County Center.
The scholarships, which are given out twice a year, are provided by the Grant County Conservation District.
Ellis, 41, of Dry Ridge, is the daughter of Virginia Lowe and Joe B. Williams. She has three children, Autumn, Dorothy and Isaiah.
Ellis said she wants to be a geologist and work with the community to better the ways of taking care of what the world has been blessed with.
“With the economy situation, this (scholarship) will allow me to get back and forth to my classes and the cost of books and childcare.”
Clifton of Dry Ridge is the mother of Ryan Clifton, who attends Williamstown Independent Schools, and wife of Tim Clifton.
The 48-year-old is currently a sophomore and has a goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in social work.
“This scholarship will enable me to take extra classes,” Clifton said.
In 2006, the Grant County Conservation District Board of Supervisors established the Non-Traditional Scholarship for students attending the NKU Grant County campus.
There have been 13 previous recipients of the scholarship.
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 $1,000 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.