Education Notes: Scholarships and awards

Marie Armbruster


■ The Horse Farm Workers' Educational Assistance Fund has awarded 36 scholarships to children of full-time workers on Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms for the 2013-14 school year.

Scholarships for tuition are granted for education or skill training after high school and are based upon need, merit, biographical essays and personal interviews. Scholarships are also available for full-time horse farm workers who wish to take equine- or training-related courses to work more effectively with horses in their current farm jobs.

To date, 518 annual scholarships averaging $2,000 each have been awarded since the fund's inception in 1996, totaling $1,029,845.

Four of the fund's scholars are Pollard Scholars, three at the University of Kentucky and one at Centre College.

Schools and scholars:

■ Asbury University: Garrett Davis.

■ Berry College: Lauren Logan.

■ Bluegrass Community and Technical College: Jennifer Arreola, Sofia Calleja, Victoria Tipton, Yesenia Torres.

■ Campbellsville University: Josh Branham, Jeffrey Hamilton.

■ Centre College: Michael Greathouse.

■ Eastern Kentucky University: Nathan Carter, Clare Hogan, Allie Rankin.

■ Fashion Institute of Design: Riley Davis.

■ Georgetown College: Elaine Hampton.

■ Jefferson Community and Technical College: Alexis Reese.

■ Morehead State University: Josh Davis.

■ Southeastern University: Justin Drury.

■ Thomas More College: Lindsay Brumley.

■ Transylvania University: Nicholas Greathouse, Bayleigh Routt.

■ University of the Cumberlands: Kesley Brumley.

■ University of Kentucky: Patrick Autry, Courtney Baxter, Mary Ruth Callaway, Cheli Castillo, Haley Fordham, Sarah Marks, Cian McEntee, Jose Salazar, Viridiana Salazar.

■ University of Louisville: Trent Rankin, Alex Woodrum.

■ University of Northwest Ohio: Jesse Rodarte.

■ University of Notre Dame: Katie Lockhart.

■ Wake Forest University: Olivia Perkins-Mackey.

■ Western Kentucky University: Sam Wells.

Qualifying parents of these scholars are employed full-time by the following farms:

Adena Springs, Ashview Farm, Bally Rankin, Blackwood Stables, CASA, Claiborne, Coolmore-Ashford, Crestwood, Darley, Darley-Stonerside, Darley@Gainsborough, Darley at Dubai Millennium, Donamire, Gainesway, Gaulstown Stud, Glencrest, Hagyard Farm, Hope Springs, Indian Creek, Magdalena, Miacomet, Overbrook, Padua Stables, Shadwell, Stone Haven Steadings, Stonestreet Farm and Stoneway Farm.

Lafayette senior to serve on Keep America Beautiful council

Keep America Beautiful has selected 10 high school students from across the country, including Lexington resident Marie Armbruster, to serve on its second national Youth Advisory Council.

The council members will act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their respective communities and states.

Armbruster, a senior at Lafayette High School, has been an active member of the Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council for two years, during which she chaired a project to install water bottle refill stations in member high schools. She will be the student facilitator for the club, which includes members from eight local high schools, for the 2013-14 school year.


■ Lexington Catholic High School will have an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 for students in the fifth through eighth grades. Information sessions will be held in the following areas: Exemplar Scholars Program for Excellence in Math, Science and Technology; Exemplar Scholars Program for Excellence in the Fine Arts; Equine Academy; The High Marks Center and Learning Differences Program. For admissions information, go to or contact Director of Admissions Mindy Towles at (859) 277-7183 Ext. 231 or

Kelley Taylor, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Christ the King School, is Edmodian of the Year. Edmodo is a social learning platform for teachers, students and parents. In the 2011-12 school year, Taylor piloted a classroom using netbooks. The program led to the implementation of an iPad program across the middle school for 2012-13. She now teaches in a classroom that is completely paperless.

Big Ass Fans creates scholarship to target top Kentucky talent

Big Ass Fans has announced a new program offering a $40,000 college scholarship plus summer internship aimed at graduates of local high schools, with a few hometown strings attached.

High school seniors must meet eligibility criteria and be in the top 5 percent of their class. To maintain the scholarship, students return to Big Ass Fans each summer, beginning the summer between high school and college, for a $5,000 full-time summer internship.

"I've talked with a lot of talented youth in Kentucky, and many feel that the best job opportunities are only available out of state," said Carey Smith, founder of Big Ass Fans. "As one of the state's fastest-growing and most innovative companies, Big Ass Fans wants to keep that talent here, and this scholarship is a way to do that regardless of where they go to college."

For more information, go The deadline is Jan. 10. Documents required include a downloadable application, high school transcripts, standardized test scores, one letter of recommendation and a 500-word statement.