Elizabethtown Community and Technical College announced the establishment of a new scholarship dedicated to supporting first-generation college students, made possible by donations from Michael and Selena Hudson.

“Approximately 30 percent of ECTC students are the first in their family to complete a college degree,” ECTC President Juston Pate said in a news release. “This scholarship will not only provide financial assistance, it encourages these students to pursue their education while knowing their community supports them.”

For the Hudsons, the opportunity to help students build better lives was personal. They attended ECTC and also were both first-generation college students.

“We want to help someone like someone helped us,” said Selena Hudson in the release. “When I wanted to attend college and I didn’t have the money, my church took up a collection to help me pay for school. It is our sincere hope that this scholarship helps to overcome at least one obstacle that first-generation students may face. It just makes sense to help others if you are in a position to help.”

Michael has earned a master’s degree in Business Administration and is the owner of Riches and Glory Photography. Selena is a senior mortgage banker with Mutual of Omaha and is past president of the Radcliff Small Bus­iness Alliance. The Hudsons also are active in the Vine Grove community.

The Hudson First Generation Scholarship Fund will begin taking applications in January 2020, with awards being made for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Donors can contribute gifts of any amount to the fund to increase the number of scholarships awarded. Checks can be sent to ECTC at 600 College Street Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701 with Hudson First Generation Scholarship noted in the memo field.

For information, call Megan Stith at 270-706-8721.

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