Area students receive $41,000 in foundation scholarships

Published 6:55 am Tuesday, November 20, 2018


News release

LOUISVILLE — The Wilderness Trace Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Louisville, has awarded $41,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year to 45 deserving students in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties in Kentucky. Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will open on Dec. 14, with a deadline of March 15, 2019, at 5 p.m. To apply, visit or contact Emory Williamson at

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Three scholarships are available: the Jack Freeman Scholarship, the Garland and Thelma May Scholarship, and the Rowland Family Scholarship. They are awarded from various scholarship funds housed at the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation. Recipients are selected by criteria designated by individual funds and subsequently reviewed by the funds’ respective scholarship committees.

The following were awarded for the 2018-19 academic year:

The Jack Freeman Scholarship was established for graduates of Boyle County, Danville Christian Academy, Danville Independent, and Kentucky School for the Deaf. Through a charitable remainder trust gift from R. Jack Freeman, M.D., the Jack Freeman Scholarship Fund was established in 2005.

“My brothers and I came to understand that he spoke from the perspective of someone who had lived through many extremes,” said Jack Freeman, Jr. specifically touting his father’s upbringing during the Great Depression. “My father said more than once, ‘There are a lot of things you can work for in life, but always work toward your education. You might lose everything, but no one can ever take your education away from you.’”

Recipients were Jenny Cox, Kevin Moreno Tapia, Cole Stewart, and Chase Goldie.

The Garland and Thelma May Scholarship provides merit-based assistance to Mercer County residents. Recipients were Loren Hahn, Nathan Phillips, Nicki Sims, Hunter Preston, Rachel Rath, Eden Smith, Mason Dressler, Andrew Morlote, and Lee Horner.

The Rowland Family Scholarship was established by Charles Burton “Burt” Rowland of Harrodsburg to support post-secondary education of qualified students from Anderson, Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, and Mercer Counties. C.B. Rowland started the scholarship fund in 1993 to support post-secondary education for students residing in counties served by R.V. Cablevision, a multi-million dollar business that Rowland founded with Curtis Votaw in 1965.

“It’s especially gratifying to see our money being used to meet local needs,” said Carol Conover, the daughter of C.B. Rowland. “[It’s] comforting to know that the funds will provide grants forever. I know these funds are making a difference for young people who need assistance.”

Recipients were: Allison Rawlings, Darien Rizzi, Miriah Marino, Nicki Sims, Austin Arnold, Samantha Stewart, Alyssa Martin, David Morlote, Hailey Culp, Lily Bowman, Allison Harlow, Anderson Shearer, Anne Ballard, Blake Ward, Brooks Evans, Charyse Smith, Chase Goldie, Christopher Dunn, Elizabeth Brandt, Ethan Gray, James Harris, Jenny Cox, Kasey Watts, Kevin Moreno Tapia, Loren Wooldridge, Madelyn LaFavers, Richard Reilly, Robin Rogers, Taylor Gray-Taylor, Tyler Mobley, Victoria Nash, and Bailey Angel.