Education Notes: Nov. 11


■ Elizabeth Head and Frederick Schmitt at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have been awarded a five-year grant for a dedicated study of aging in adults with Down syndrome. The $2.4 million grant was awarded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development within the National Institutes of Health.

■ The Bluegrass Alliance for Women has established a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship for women and girls who have demonstrated strong leadership skills and a commitment to volunteer service.

The Legacy of Leadership Scholarship is available to female residents of these Bluegrass Areas Development District counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford.

The scholarship is open to women and girls who will be attending college as full-time students or part-time students carrying nine credit hours.

Complete guidelines and a scholarship application form are available at All applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2009.


■ Diane R. Follingstad, the Women's Circle Endowed Chair for the Center for Research on Violence Against Women and a professor of psychiatry in the the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been honored by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology with the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award for 2009. The award is given in recognition of long and distinguished history of scholarly contributions and professional service to the field.

■ Sanford T. Roach was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Legacy Award at the 19th annual Lyman T. Johnson Homecoming Awards Banquet held Oct. 30 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown Hotel.

Roach was selected based on his lifelong efforts to promote education, athleticism and civic responsibility throughout Kentucky. He served as head basketball coach at Lexington's old Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for 24 years.

■ The Kentucky Art Education Association has named Deborah Borrowdale-Cox, education director at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, as the 2009 Museum/Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. As the director of museum education, Borrowdale-Cox oversees programs at the museum as well as outreach to the region.

■ Several students from Kentucky took home honors at the William E. Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition recently. Thirty-five contestants from five states vied for $5,800 in cash awards at the contest, held at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts.

Jermaine Brown Jr., first-place winner from Louisville, took home a $200 audience favorite award, as well as a $2,000 prize for his first-place award. Encouragement Awards were presented to Laura Salyer, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and Sydney Steele, a senior at Lafayette High School. The Most Promising Sophomore award went to Taylor Dant, a sophomore at duPont Manual High School in Louisville.

■ University of Kentucky Provost Kumble Subbaswamy and former Gov. Martha Layne Collins were among the honorees inducted into the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi during ceremonies at Memorial Hall on Nov. 2.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Each year, about 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the organization.

■ Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr. has been named to a federal advisory panel that helps shape U.S. student financial aid policy. He was named to the Student Financial Aid Advisory Committee, an 11-member committee charged with advising Congress and the U.S. Department of Education on student financial aid policy.

■ Devin Townsend, 16, of Zachariah, has earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers. For his Eagle project, he built four trash receptacles, constructed and placed 10 park benches and three picnic tables, and helped build a picnic shelter at a ballpark for Lee County Youth Sports.

Townsend, a student at Lee County High School, is the son of David and Carla Townsend of Zachariah.