Rotary Club donates $1 million scholarship fund to Western HS


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 6:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- It's the kind of pep rally unlike one these freshman have seen before.

At Western High School on Wednesday, 267 freshman were told they could get a scholarship tuition free to Jefferson Community Technical College.

It's a dream come true for Alontay Naddox who wants to study law says the expense would make it tough.

"It would have been a very stressful burden for me and my family . Cause college is expensive. So having early college in high school , that's a good thing to brag about," says Naddox

And he's not alone, Haleigh Covey-Torvet says her mother would have a hard time paying for two kids to go to college.

"I have a little brother and that's a lot of money cause they have to pay for my college and little brother's college," says Torvet.

Western High School was selected as the first school that the Rotary Club of Louisville will dedicate $1 million in funding to help this class go to JCTC.

"We identified a school on the way up. Historically Western had lower graduation rates, lower college attendance rates than other schools and we felt like this was the right environment, " says Stuart Alexander, Rotary Club Louisville

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA, have 90 percent attendance and display good behavior. Their progress will be tracked each trimester. JCTC says its provides a pathway to education that these students may have never had

"To eliminate the anxiety about the cost of college , starting with 9th graders . Set high academic standards and high expectations for those young people. 2607 And have them right at the start of their 9th grade focus on the ability to go to college . Not only think about college but a career," says Dr Tony Newberry , President JCTC

A pathway many of these students say they are dedicated to take. The Rotary Club is currently raising more money with a goal of expanding to four area schools.