A pair of recent Webster County High School graduates received good news last week when they were named as recipients of the 2021 Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Elijah Byrum and Lily Martin, both 2021 graduates of WCHS, were recognized on Wednesday in an announcement by Governor Andy Beshear.

“My administration will always put education first, and that’s why we’re so proud to celebrate these students for their hard work in the classroom the past four years,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is especially true for the 2021 graduates, who earned this honor while spending much of their last two years of high school under new and often challenging learning conditions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

To be eligible for this honor, students must achieve a 4.0 GPA each year of their high school career and score an ACT composite of 28. This award is named in honor of the late State Senator Jeff Green of Mayfield, who served in the Kentucky General Assembly from 1992 to 1997.

Byrum and Martin have also earned Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards, which they can use to continue their education beyond high school. They are eligible for $2,500 per year in KEES funds for up to four years of postsecondary education.

KEES and other Kentucky student aid programs are administered by KHEAA. KEES awards are funded by net Kentucky lottery proceeds and may be used at most colleges and universities in Kentucky. In some cases, the award may be used at an out-of-state school if the major the student is pursuing is unavailable in Kentucky. No application is necessary for KEES awards.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069