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Graduating Paducah seniors receive $31.16 million in scholarship offers

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
May 31, 2019
Used with permission.
Seniors in Paducah's three most-attended high schools - McCracken County, Paducah Tilghman and St. Mary - received $31.16 million in scholarship offers this year, an indicator of the academic and athletic skills shown by local students.

McCracken County seniors pulled in $17.1 million in scholarship offers to 390 students, for an average of $43,846 per student.

"Many of the scholarships that students received were merit-based and earned off of their grade-point average and ACT scores," said Megan Bolin, McCracken college and career counselor. "Other students were offered scholarships from programs they participated in during the summer, like the Governor's Scholars Program, Governor's School for the Arts or the Commonwealth Honors Academy.

"Businesses in the local community reach out to us and send us the applications, and we post them on the school website. A lot of local scholarships require letters of recommendation from teachers as well."

Paducah Tilghman seniors garnered $11.5 million in scholarship offers - a school record -offered to 92 students for an average of $125,000 per student.

"They surpassed the Class of 2016, which had a record high of $11.1 million," said Sid Hancock, Tilghman college and scholarship counselor. "All of our highest achievers received multiple offers from multiple schools, including Governor's Scholars stipends and Governor's School for the Arts, things like that.

"Then, we have students who are combining athletic scholarships with academic scholarships. I'm especially proud of our high-achieving minority students who really worked hard and earned sought-after minority scholarships."

St. Mary had $2.558 million offered to all 17 members of its Class of 2019 for an average of $150,471 per student.

"This group was particularly motivated," said St. Mary School System Director Eleanor Spry.

"All of our students are motivated, but this group had a drive and were very committed to studying and very committed to their academics."

Posted Friday, June 7, 2019