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Williamstown native awarded WLK scholarship

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By The Staff

Williamstown native Kaitlyn McKinnon received a $1,500 college scholarship from the Women Leading Kentucky organization.

McKinnon, a freshman at Northern Kentucky University with a 3.7 GPA, moved to Northern Kentucky from Georgia in her freshman year of high school. That transition was a huge challenge for her, and she considers it “one of the greatest things to ever happen to me.”

She won excellence awards in all her classes and in her junior year, she became vice-president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. As a senior, she was president of the National Honors Society.

“With a struggling economy and rising tuition prices, it’s critically important that we do what we can to make a college degree accessible and affordable,” said Janet Steele Holloway, executive director of Women Leading Kentucky. “Our scholarships have gone to traditional and nontraditional students throughout Kentucky with the goal of impacting the lives of those students, their families and the community at large. It’s a sign of the times that applications have risen so dramatically, and we need help in meeting that increased demand.”

Women Leading Kentucky received nearly 400 scholarship applications – a 65 percent increase over last year.

The winners will be honored at a special reception on the evening of May 3, prior to the 11th annual Women’s Business and Leadership Conference, which will be held May 4 at Lexington’s Hilton Hotel. Featured speakers will be Betsy Myers, a leadership expert who served as COO of Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign and senior advisor to President Clinton; Heather Boushey, senior economist at the Center for American Progress and editor of The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation, a study initiated by Maria Shriver; and Hattie Hill, a management expert who has consulted with Fortune 500 companies. Registration is $175 and can be completed at: www.womenleadingky.com.

Including the 2010 scholarship awards, Women Leading Kentucky has awarded more than $74,000 in scholarships to 50 students.