The Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation and Madisonville Community College have announced
the continuation of the Martin Scholars Program for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The Martin Scholars program is designed to increase the associate degree attainment
level of the residents of Muhlenberg County. With increased success rates, Martin
Scholars should subsequently act as a catalyst in the county for economic development
efforts and postsecondary transitions.
According to Martin Foundation Program Officer Alyssa Manning, The Felix E. Martin
Jr. Foundation is pleased to provide continued funding for this program which helps
Muhlenberg County residents attain their Associates Degree. Not only does this program
provide a helping hand for students who are committed to making more opportunities
for themselves, their successes also give Muhlenberg County an advantage, showing
potential businesses that our workforce is trained and ready.
Implemented in the summer of 2012, the Martin Scholars program has funded 52 students
who returned to complete their higher education at Madisonville Community College.
Of the 52 students, 22 have already completed Associate degrees. As a result, a total
of $32,950 has been awarded direct to students through the Martin Scholars program.
We are so proud of these Martin Scholars who have graduated with their associate degrees,
stated Dr. Jay Parrent, Chief Student Affairs Officer at the college. These adults
have juggled their busy lives to make a commitment to finishing their education. What
great role models they are and what an accomplishment. It can be done.
To be eligible for Martin Scholars, students must be full-time residents of Muhlenberg
County, age 25 and older, who have yet to earn a college degree but have successfully
completed at least 30 credit hours of regionally accredited college level coursework.
Students accepted in the program will receive a $250 cash stipend each semester he/she
is enrolled at MCC and makes satisfactory progress toward a degree. Satisfactory progress
is shown by a signed form from the professor verifying that the student has at least
a C average at the midpoint of the class. Satisfactory progress must be verified
in all classes taken during the semester before a check will be mailed directly to
the student. Additionally, each qualified student who completes his/her Associate
Degree at MCC will receive an additional $400 Completion Bonus. The check will also
come directly to the student. Martin Scholar funds can be used to offset any costs
a student encounters, including books, supplies, equipment, transportation or child-care.
For additional information about the Martin Scholar program or questions, contact
Penny Jessup, Student Affairs Specialist, at 270-757-9881.