■ The Color of Education, an organization focused on aiding minority students with college readiness and success in post-secondary education, has awarded its first scholarships.
On Dec. 12, Grace Bond and Raul Pena, two Scott County High School seniors, each received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Whitaker Bank in Georgetown and a friend of Color of Education. The awards were based on the students' oral presentations about how they would use the money to overcome challenges to be successful in post-secondary education.
For more information about Color of Education, contact Kim Barber at (859) 494-5358 or go to Facebook.com/ColorofEducationKY.
■ A book by an Eastern Kentucky University faculty member has been recognized by Christianity Today magazine as the year's best book in Missions/Global Affairs.
The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity, by Todd Hartch, associate professor in the Department of History, examines the changes that have swept across Latin America in the last 50 years and situates them in the context of the growth of Christianity in the global South.
Hartch's book is the second religion-related work by an EKU history faculty member to receive national recognition in the last month. Earlier, Carolyn Dupont earned the annual Frank S. and Elizabeth Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History for her book, Mississippi Praying: Southern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975.
Hartch, who joined the EKU history faculty in 2003, earned all his degrees at Yale, including a master's degree from Yale Divinity School. His doctoral dissertation spotlighted Protestant Bible translators in Mexico, and his scholarship still focuses on religious diversity and conflict in Latin America.
For more about Hartch and his award-winning book, which was published by Oxford University Press, go to Bit.ly/1wB5nak.
■ Centre College again has earned a top ranking on Kiplinger's Personal Finance annual listing of the best value schools in the U.S., a distinction the College has held for nine consecutive years.
Focusing its criteria on academic quality and affordability, Kiplinger's ranks Centre No. 32 among the nation's private liberal arts colleges. When compared against all colleges and universities in the publication's first-ever combined list of the 300 top-value public and private schools, the College is ranked No. 56 overall and No. 10 in the South.
■ Eastern Kentucky University's Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship invites communities throughout Eastern's 22-county service region to submit proposals for one of five $10,000 CARES community grants. Activities within the following counties are eligible: Bell, Boyle, Casey, Clay, Estill, Garrard, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley.
Initiatives must include EKU partners and focus on one or more of the five following areas identified by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education: economic and workforce development, education, environment, collaborative government, and health, wellness and safety. These might include, but are not limited to: strategic planning and management processes for communities; implementation of projects from a community-based strategic plan that cover one or more of the areas; training for citizen leaders, local officials, management and staff from non-profit community agencies, as well as boards or commissions; support for initiatives that enhance leadership, planning and management capacity for communities; use of professional services to assess a project's feasibility, to offer consulting advice on a strategy, to support application development, etc.; projects that emphasize broad community participation and involvement in the planning and implementation process.
Proposals are due to the CARES office by March 27 and must be submitted via the CARES electronic submission process. Grant recipients will be announced in May. The period of performance for the grants is July 2015 through June 2016.
For information about eligibility guidelines, application procedures, and instructions for the submission process, go to Bit.ly/1JEGjo6. With questions, contact Karrie Adkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 622-6168.