Caden Burcham, Connor Wallace and Benjamin Adcock have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, a public corporation and government agency which helps students gain access to higher education through scholarships and other means.

Burcham and Wallace are 2021 graduates of Trigg County High School while Adcock graduated last year from Heritage Christian Academy in Hopkinsville.

To be named Senator Jeff Green Scholars, they had to achieve a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and score at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

The Jeff Green award is named in honor of the late State Sen. Jeff Green of Mayfield, who served in the Kentucky General Assembly from 1992 to 1997.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear congratulated the students, noting that his administration will always put education first and was proud to recognize the students for their hard work in the classroom during their high school years.

“This is especially true for the 2021 graduates, who earned this honor while spending much of their last two years of high school under new and often challenging learning conditions because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said of the students’ efforts i the classroom.

The three youth have also earned Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards which they can use to continue their education beyond high school. They are eligible for $2,500 per year in KEES funds for up to four years of postsecondary education, officials said in a press release.

KEES and other Kentucky student aid programs are administered by KHEAA. KEES awards are funded by net Kentucky lottery proceeds and may be used at most colleges and universities in Kentucky.

In some cases, the award may be used at an out-of-state school if the major the student is pursuing is unavailable in Kentucky. No application is necessary for KEES awards.

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.

KHEAA also disburses low-cost Advantage Education Loans, the state’s only nonprofit private education loan. For more information, visit advantageeducationloan.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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