■ Laura Frey, a University of Kentucky graduate student, has received the Student Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award from the National Council on Family Relations, a professional association focused on family research, policy and practice.
The Student Award is given for overall excellence as an emerging scholar who exhibits high potential for future scholarly contributions. She is the first UK student to receive this award—the highest given to a graduate student in family sciences.
■ Campbellsville University has been ranked fourth among the top 50 most affordable Christian colleges in the United States by the independent researchers of Christian Universities Online. CU is a Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master's degrees, 5 post-graduate areas and 8 pre-professional programs. For more info, go to Campbellsville.edu.
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■ Amiya K. Mohanty, professor emeritus and adjunct professor of sociology at Eastern Kentucky University, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist in Sociology by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Mohanty has been approved to be on the Specialist Roster for next five years. He is one of the founding members of Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society, a socio-cultural and charitable organization in Kentucky since 1988. Mohanty, who came to the U.S. with Fulbright and Smith-Mundt Fellowships and earned his doctoral degree in sociology from Florida State University, joined the EKU faculty in 1969.
■ Sherwood Thompson, a professor in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University, has been elected president-elect of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research.
The AAER Executive Board elected Thompson to the position at its annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He will serve in the position until November 2014, when he will be installed as AAER president for a two-year term.
■ The Division of Natural Areas at Eastern Kentucky University will receive the 2014 Outstanding Organization Award from the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education at the Association's fall conference Sept. 13 in Lexington. For more information about the EKU Division of Natural Areas, go to Naturalareas.eku.edu.
■ Sam Shearer, a member of Eastern Kentucky University's Honors Program is one of only four honors students nationally to be named a 2014 Portz Scholar, a distinction awarded each year to the best honors student research projects in the nation.
Shearer, a senior accounting major from Winchester, was honored for his Fall 2013 Honors Thesis at EKU titled "Truman Smith's Reports on Nazi Militarism: A Study of Domestic Political Priorities and U.S. Foreign Policy Making in Franklin Roosevelt's First and Second Terms." He will receive a plaque and a $350 stipend at the 2014 annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Denver on Nov. 8. Shearer will also present his work at the conference.
■ The next Leadership Lexington Youth class of high school juniors has been selected for the upcoming eight-month program. The group will interact with community leaders and talk about careers, business opportunities and post-secondary options. The Class of 2014-2015 includes 44 students.
Bryan Station High School: Sophie Bell, Elyse Blakeman, Mary Pool, Sloane Simon and Lily Wright.
Henry Clay High School: Emily Chavez, Weiran Liu, Samantha McGehee, Amelia Rogers, Eliza Jane Schaeffer, Jamie Smith, Noah Welch, Sloan Werner and Logan Ziegler.
Lafayette High School: Kara Bethel, Kurtis Brown, Katelyn Cox, Erin Disponett and Sophia Heredia.
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Jordan Anderson, Kyle Draper, Zainab Kahloon, Connor Krolak, Tim Michael, Saikeerthi Naidu and Joanna Slusarewicz.
Tates Creek High School: Nolan Adams, Mohammad Ahmad, Griffin Allen, Justine Biragane, Lynsey Crumbie, Chimene Ntakarutimana, Francesco Serio, Amani Shalash and Alex Wood.
Lexington Catholic High School: Manda Bwerevu, Ashton Cole, Grace Kirn and Eliza Pride.
Lexington Christian Academy: Brian Davis and Audrey Grace Hacker.
Montessori High School of Kentucky: Cuyler Lipscomb.
Sayre: Jesse Klus.
Trinity Christian Academy: Grace Gilliam.
For more information, go to Commercelexington.com/connect/youth.aspx or contact program coordinator Amy Carrington Stallard at (859) 226-1610.
■ Kentucky Farm Bureau is accepting applications for the next recipient of its $1,500 Women's Educational Grant. The grant recognizes and assists non-traditional-aged female college students in their efforts towards completing a college education.
The grant is available to any woman who has been a member of KFB for at least one year, is a high school graduate or GED recipient, and is interested in resuming her educational studies after leaving school (either secondary or post-secondary) to fulfill either family or work-related responsibilities. To be considered, potential recipients must complete the application available for download at Kyfb.com/scholarships and return the requested material to KFB postmarked by Oct. 24. To learn more about the scholarships offered by Kentucky Farm Bureau, go to Kyfb.com/scholarships.
■ Fayette County Public Schools will host a district-wide information night to spotlight its gifted and talented programs, magnet schools and specialized academic programs. Families can pick up brochures on all the options and then attend three breakout sessions from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Henry Clay High School.
The application window for the 2015-2016 school year is Aug. 15 through Oct. 7. For information, call (859) 381-4741.