■ George Rogers Clark High School graduate Justin Clay Penticuff and Greenwood High School graduate Austyn Elizabeth Gaffney are the first recipients of Transylvania University's JGK III scholarships, which include full tuition, room, board and fees for four years and are awarded to two entering first-year students every four years. The scholarship was established in honor of Transylvania University Board of Trustees member James G. Kenan III. Penticuff is the son of Darryl and Amy Penticuff of Winchester. Gaffney is the daughter of Jim and Cindy Gaffney of Bowling Green.
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■ The Bluegrass Rain Garden Alliance awarded Henry Clay High School a $500 grant to help build demonstration rain gardens. Rain gardens capture rainwater from downspouts or parking lots to give it time to soak into the ground instead of running off into the storm-water system and nearby creeks. The design should be completed by December, with the garden built by March in cooperation with the Go Green Club (open to all Henry Clay students) and Liberal Arts Academy biology students. Visit www.bluegrassraingardenalliance.org.
■ The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $378,616 to Eastern Kentucky University for "Collaborative Research: Fire, Climate and Forest History in Mongolia."
The study will be directed by Neil Pederson, assistant professor in the department of biological sciences. The study will increase the understanding of how wildfires affect forests within the context of climate change.
■ The following students from Fayette and Woodford counties won $10,000 Commonwealth Scholarships to attend the University of Kentucky: Ben Cloyd, Trevor Davis Combs, Brittany Jackson, Ali Z. Saghaian, Nathaniel Spears and Daniel Wallace, all from Lexington, and Alexander Gaye Burkhart of Versailles.