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Kentucky American Water awards $500 environmental scholarships

Ripple Effect Scholarships established un 2002

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to five Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment, marking the fourteenth year the company has offered the scholarship program.

The 2016 recipients are: Katelyn (Kate) Cox, Lafayette High School; Robert (Michael) Dunaway, Owen County High School; Kathleen Sandford, Tates Creek High School; Derris Stanland, Lexington Christian Academy; and Nathan Webb, Scott County High School. Each student receives a $500 award from the company for use at an institution of higher education.

This year’s Ripple Effect Scholarship recipients have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship through activities such as eradicating invasive plant species at nature preserves, rerouting creek flows to reduce flooding and creating or restoring rain gardens throughout their community.

“Students who are awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships excel in the classroom while also giving back to their schools and the larger community through hands-on activities and programs—some they establish themselves—that help protect the environment for future generations,” said Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water.

Kentucky American Water established the Ripple Effect Scholarship program in 2002. High school seniors in the company’s 11-county service area are eligible to apply. Since 2002, the company has awarded a total of $52,500 in scholarship funds to 89 Kentucky students.