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.