Steve Yeary, president of the Appalachian Children’s Home, recently awarded six Knox and Bell County residents with $500 scholarships to further their academic achievement.
The presentation was made on Aug. 2 at the ACH campus, which is located approximately five miles south of Barbourville. Two of the local students are attending Union College this fall, three are attending Eastern Kentucky University and the remaining student is pursuing a degree at Alice Lloyd College.
“It means so much that a local organization like the Appalachian Children’s Home would take the time, effort, and money to reach out to local residents to assist with educational expenses, “ stated Casi Brooks, a 2008 Knox Central High School graduate now majoring in nursing at EKU. “I really appreciate how the leadership of the home recognizes that helping local students obtain a college degree will help our local economy and improve our community.”
The scholarship awards are part of the extensive community outreach and giving program that the non-profit organization participates in annually. Founded in 1949, approximately 50 students from across the state reside in the award-winning, accredited treatment facility.
“We strive to create a family atmosphere for our students,” said Yeary. “We have highly trained, licensed and certified staff members who dedicate themselves to the special needs of our children and do so very successfully.”
Yeary has served as the executive director and now president of the non-profit for the past 12 years.
The success of the Appalachian Children’s Home includes receiving the 2009 Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship from Eastern Kentucky University. Yeary, along with 48 dedicated employees, implement their mission of charity, education, religious values, and hard work on a daily basis. Visit online at www.achky.org to learn more about the organization and to find out how you can support their mission.