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Dixon, Ky. United Community Bank of West Kentucky (UCB) presented the Webster County Kids to College (WCK2C) program with a donation of $25,000 to support WCK2C scholarships to students who meet criteria for the work ethic/scholarship program. Garland Certain, President and CEO of UCB, stated, At UCB, community comes first. Our bank and its employees support higher education. Partnering with WCK2C makes sense as UCB provides scholarship support to students meeting these high standards.

WCK2C is a work ethic/scholarship program for all students at Webster County High School. Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, parents will have the opportunity to complete WCK2C enrollment of students at the beginning of the freshman year. Students must successfully meet the following criteria each school year to remain in the program and earn a Work Ethic Certificate:

  • Quality - Maintain a minimum 2.50 grade point average (GPA) each academic year
  • Attendance - Maintain a minimum 95% attendance (includes all excused/unexcused absences and tardies with the exception of school-related activities)
  • Rigor - Take more than the minimum number of credits required for graduation
  • Persistence - Complete high school in four years

Webster County Schools Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough shared how exciting it has been to talk with the 2015-2016 freshman students during orientation about WCK2K. She expressed her thanks to United Community Bank, I appreciate local business UCB supporting our students through this generous gift. Any student meeting the WCK2C criteria can go to Henderson Community College or Madisonville Community College with scholarship support this is a wonderful conversation to have with our students.

Henderson Community College President Dr. Kris Williams echoed the Superintendent s words, When local businesses like United Community Bank of West Kentucky step up to support higher education, they are also supporting economic and community development. The focus on workforce skills through the WCK2C program also helps these student achieve college and career readiness leading to their greater employability in the community.

Each student earning 4 WCK2C work ethic certificates (one in each grade, 9 12th) will be eligible for a tuition scholarship for up to $1,000 each semester for 4 semesters upon enrollment at Henderson Community College or Madisonville Community College. WK2C scholarship funds are applied after KEES, financial aid, and other scholarships have been awarded.

Madisonville Community College President Dr. Judy Rhoads shared her support of the program, I am so pleased that UCB has invested in the future and in our youth. This gift and this program will raise the education level of the region, supporting Webster County s Work Ready Community status and strengthening economic development.

United Community Bank President, Garland Certain expressed why he and UCB are strong supporters of the program, This program is such a good program. What I like about it is the emphasis on pushing kids to do the right thing to work hard and then be rewarded for that with a pretty nice reward if they work hard if they just do their jobs. Education is such an important part of our program. Anytime you help kids you can t go wrong and we are happy to be part of that.

The donation from United Community Bank is part of funds already raised towards the WCK2C donations needed to support the program. Donations of at least $600,000 more are being raised over the next two years. Individuals interested in obtaining more information about the WCK2C work ethic scholarship program and the fundraising campaign can contact Judge Jim Townsend 270.639.5042; Dr. Rachel Yarbrough 270.639.5083; Dr. Judy Rhoads 270.824.8562; Dr. Kris Williams 270.831.9626; or Tom Glover 270.836.3323.