Local education and community members are partnering for a fundraising initiative that will have a great impact on Webster County students. Their goal is to raise $600,000 over the next 2 years for support of the new Webster County Kids to College (WCK2C) program.

Presenting at the WCK2C announcement wereTom Glover, Madisonville Community College President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads, Webster County Judge Executive Jim Townsend, Webster County Schools Superintendent Dr. Rachel Yarbrough, Henderson Community College President Dr. Kris Williams, and Webster County Board of Education Vice-Chair Mickey Dunbar.

WCK2C will be a work ethic/scholarship program for all students at Webster County High School. Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, parents will have the opportunity to complete WCK2C enrollment of students at the beginning of the freshman year. Students must successfully meet the following criteria each school year to remain in the program and earn a Work Ethic Certificate:
  • Quality - Maintain a minimum 95% attendance (includes all excused/unexcused absences and tardies with the exception of school-related activities)
  • Attendance - Maintain a minimum 2.50 grade point average (GPA) each academic year
  • Rigor - Take more than the minimum number of credits required for graduation
  • Persistence - Complete high school in four years
Webster County Judge Executive Jim Townsend shared that the WCK2C program is something that is very much of interest. It is a tremendous program for our young people.

Madisonville Community College President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads is thrilled about this new initiative. Affording all Webster County High School graduates the opportunity to earn a scholarship to attend community college is huge in advancing the educational level of the county and region. MCC offers more than 20 technical programs that prepare students for careers in high wage, high demand occupations.

The WCK2C program requires no extra time commitment on the student s part just keep their grades up, go to school every day, and be on time. Attendance is one of the top disqualifying factors. Parents can help by encouraging regular school attendance and by scheduling doctor, dental, and other appointments after school or on a non-school day. Program eligibility must be maintained each year.

Each student earning 4 WCK2C work ethic certificates will be eligible for a tuition scholarship for up to $1,000 each semester for 4 semesters upon enrollment at Henderson Community College or Madisonville Community College. WK2C scholarship funds are applied after KEES, financial aid, and other scholarships have been awarded.

Henderson Community College is excited about this opportunity for Webster County students to attend community college and to receive this special community support, said Dr. Kris Williams, HCC President. Knowing that their community supports their meeting this important work-ready criteria helps students learn valuable academic and workplace skills.

Individuals interested in obtaining more information about the WCK2C work ethic scholarship program and the fundraising campaign can contact Dr. Rachel Yarbrough 270.639.5083;
Dr. Judy Rhoads 270.824.8562; Dr. Kris Williams 270.831.9626; or Tom Glover 270.836.3323