Big Sandy Company, L.P. awards scholarships

A group of 21 high school seniors from around Pike County were awarded 2019 Big Sandy Company, L.P. Scholarships during an awards dinner on May 8.

The annual Big Sandy Company, L.P. Scholarships were awarded to Lorrie Moore, Rebecca Diamond, Lindsey Lockhart, Lyndsie Bartley, Emily Wellman, Katie Mavis, Kristi Mullins, Emily Davis, Heaven Charles, Ashley Harrison, Madison Stiltner, Leslie Stewart, Logan Elswick, Kelton Crank, Zack Ramey, Dalton Rife, Austin Burnett, Matthew Chaney, Abigal Johnson, Abby Johnson and Emily Hatfield at a dinner held May 8 at the University of Pikeville Kentucky School of Optometry Building’s seventh floor pavilion.

The students, all seniors at Pikeville Independent and Pike County High Schools, will use the scholarships as they attend college or technical training this fall.

“Twenty-one students received scholarships from the six schools.” “Besides being excellent students, many have jobs and their volunteer work in the communities and other activities are just outstanding” said Bruce Batten, Vice President Lease Administration. “We hope after their education they return to make Pike County a better place for all of us.”    

Batten cited the example of guest speaker Rachel E. Ratliff, a 2004 Big Sandy Scholarship recipient from East Ridge High School, a 2008 Pikeville College graduate and a 2011 graduate of the Appalachian School of Law, who now has her own general practice law office in Pikeville.

Since 1994, the Big Sandy Company, L.P. which leases mineral properties to the coal industry, has awarded $862,000 in scholarships to area youth to assist with school expenses. These scholarships are awarded in $6,000 blocks to each high school and are awarded to students in each high school by an independent panel of educators contracted by Big Sandy.

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