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Badgett Scholarship recipients gather at WKU-Owensboro

More than 20 students from Hancock County who will be attending college on scholarships from the J. Rogers Badgett Sr. Foundation had an opportunity Thursday (Feb. 17) to meet the man who made the scholarships available at a reception at WKU’s Owensboro Campus.

Mary Rachel Jackson of Lewisport, a student at WKU-O, talks with Bentley Badgett, president of the J. Rogers Badgett Sr. Foundation, during a reception on Feb. 17. Jackson is the recipient of a scholarship provided by the foundation. (WKU photo by Bob Skipper)

The scholarship program was established in 2010 to help students and teachers from Hancock County attend WKU-O and Owensboro Community and Technical College. The goal is to help students attain associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and teachers earn master’s degrees.

Undergraduate students receiving scholarships to WKU-O include Emilee Basham, Billy Estes, Ryan Ferguson, Dianna Haney, Mary Jackson, Daniel Mitchell, Shannon Muffett, Karen Payne, Johnny Roberts, Alysha Smith, Daniel White, Shanda Willard and Anna Wilson.

Teachers receiving scholarships for graduate courses at WKU-O include Kelly Cumpston, Ashley Elder, Jennifer Goodall, Tina Ostria, Sarah Payne, Teresa Perkins, Dianne Thompson and Kimberly Simmon.

The scholarship fund was created by Bentley Badgett, the nephew of J. Rogers Badgett and president of the foundation. He is also on the board of Hancock Bancorp, the holding company for Hancock County Bank and Trust.

Students from WKU-O and OCTC introduced themselves to Bentley Badgett during the reception and thanked him for making the scholarships available. Badgett said the scholarship program was a way for his family to give back to the community and thanked the students for continuing their education and making a positive impact.

OCTC and WKU-O have a joint admissions agreement that allows students to move seamlessly from an associate’s degree at OCTC into a bachelor’s degree program at WKU-O. Bentley Badgett said this offering is important because some students do not want to leave their hometowns to pursue an education. He added that a vast majority of those who do earn a degree close to home stay in the area if jobs are available, providing a more educated workforce that encourages job development.

Contact: Gene Tice, (270) 684-9797.

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