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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky with $67,950 in scholarships for academically-talented students recruited from southeastern Kentucky. This project will establish math and science scholarships in order to increase the number of financially disadvantaged students from the Cumberland Valley Area Development District which includes Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, and Whitley Counties.

“Education is a top priority for our state,” said Rogers. “Not only does it better each and every individual in Kentucky, but it helps the Commonwealth as a whole as it boosts the economy and improves the quality of life. I am happy to see that Union College will be able to help more individuals excel in the areas of math and science. There are many students who face the added pressure of financial difficulties in these challenging economic times, so it refreshing to know that these funds will go directly to students who are in the most need.” 

The grant will cover approximately 15 scholarships and the program will seek to increase retention and graduation rates by the assignment of students to academic advisors and peer mentors, being enrolled in designated sections of key courses, participating in field trips, service-learning opportunities, and career planning and placement process. 

Rogers has served Kentucky's 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia's natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit