Four Tilghman students selected as Paxton Scholars
Paducah Tilghman juniors Whitney Jones-Shaw, Thailandria Daniels, Erycah Edwards, and Tyanne Donald have been selected for the PaxtonScholars Program. Each year, the McCracken County Community Career Endowment chooses six students from McCracken County High School and Paducah Tilghman High School to participate. The scholarship is an enrichment program for outstanding African American juniors enrolled in the city and county school systems.
The goal of the PaxtonScholars program is to enhance student self-esteem, parent or guardian advocacy, peer and mentor interaction, maintenance and improvement of academic performance and preparation for college transition. Students chosen for the scholarship will receive college scholarship funds based on grade-point averages from their junior and senior years of high school, and from their first two semesters of college. Each of the scholars will also be presented a college-suitable laptop upon high school graduation in 2016.
The program was organized in 2006 by MCCCE, a local non-profit organization, after the late Fred Paxton and his wife, Peggy Paxton, established a donor-directed endowment of $1 million at the Community Foundation of West Kentucky. The endowment will continue to award scholarships and educational assistance to students who wish to pursue their post-secondary educations.