Mt. Vernon Register-News

March 15, 2013

Chamber awards classroom grants

The Chamber also chose two area seniors as the Students of the Year


MT. VERNON — — The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has awarded 24 classroom grants and chosen two area seniors as the Students of the Year.

Collin Young, a senior at Mt. Vernon Township High School and Courtney Kabat, a senior at Waltonville High School are the recipients of the annual award, which is sponsored by the Education Clearinghouse of the chamber. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend college in the fall.

Young is planning to use his scholarship at Lindenwood University, Belleville, on an academic and athletic scholarship. He plans to major in biology.

"I'm glad you saw something in me," Young said. "There are a lot of students who are worthy of the award."

Kabat will use her scholarship money to attend Murray State University, where she plans to major in public relations.

"Thank you," Kabat said, adding she knows there were other students who qualify for the honor in the county. "I want to come back and serve the community well and make Jefferson County proud."

During the announcement on Thursday morning, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brandon Bullard said the Education Clearinghouse was able to raise a record amount of funds from the community, enabling it to award a record number of classroom grants.

"This year, due to the commitment the group had to fundraising and their efforts as well as those in the community who have donated to promote education, we are able to offer the grants," Bullard said. "We usually give 12 teacher grants, but we are giving 24 teacher grants this year."

Those educators receiving grants are: