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Cumberland Trace students awarded Rzepka scholarships

The recipients of the Cumberland Trace Incentive-Matt Rzepka Memorial Scholarship Fund were announced Monday (Dec. 12) during the morning assembly at Cumberland Trace Elementary School.

Back row (from left): JoAnna Jones, Chrissy White, Donald Smith, David White, Mason White, Sam Rzepka, Tina Rzepka and Kris Sikorski; front row (from left): Dylan White, Carson Morgan, Mallory Renshaw, Blair Nix, Finley Johnson, Emma Ahmed, Callie Akin and Emma Baker.

The recipients of the Cumberland Trace Incentive-Matt Rzepka Memorial Scholarship Fund were announced on Dec. 12. Back row (from left): JoAnna Jones, Chrissy White, Donald Smith, David White, Mason White, Sam Rzepka, Tina Rzepka and Kris Sikorski; front row (from left): Dylan White, Carson Morgan, Mallory Renshaw, Blair Nix, Finley Johnson, Emma Ahmed, Callie Akin and Emma Baker.

This year’s recipients are Carson Morgan, Mallory Renshaw, Blair Nix, Finley Johnson, Emma Ahmed, Callie Akin and Emma Baker. Each student will receive $2,000 toward his or her college education.

Sam and Tina Rzepka established the Cumberland Trace Incentive-Matt Rzepka Memorial Scholarship Fund at the College Heights Foundation to honor their son Matt who tragically passed away in 2002 at the age of 22. Matt was a talented athlete and an avid lover of football and golf. He also had a passion for children, which lead him to look into a career in special education and working in the after-school program at Cumberland Trace.

The Cumberland Trace Incentive-Matt Rzepka Memorial Scholarship Fund is unique in that it is awarded to 5th and 6th graders at Cumberland Trace. It becomes redeemable as the students pursue their college education. Applicants must submit an essay to the selection committee on how a college scholarship will benefit their lives.  Matt wanted to make a difference in the lives of children, and this scholarship, in his memory, is doing just that in perpetuity. To date this fund been presented to 84 students awarding more than $100,000 in scholarships. Proceeds for the scholarship fund are raised annually through the Matt Rzepka Memorial Golf Tournament.

Contact: Jessica Carver, (270) 745-2342

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