Seventeen Hardin County students recently received a John Dink Memorial Scholarship from Central Kentucky Community Foundation.

The John Dink Memorial Scholar­ship has been awarded to students annually since it was established as a legacy gift in 1978. Dink was a hard working farmer and rural route mail carrier, who served his country in World War I. He had a desire to help make educational opportunities available to young people in Hardin County. Through his generous gift, he will forever provide educational assistance through a $2,000 annual award to multiple students.

The recipients from Central Har­din High School are Abby Cuni­gan, daughter of Matthew and Les­lie Cunigan, who plans to attend West­ern Kentucky University; Katherine French, daughter of Charles and Rebecca French, who plans to attend Western Kentucky University; Ryan Getler, son of Robert and Ruth Getler, who plans to attend the Uni­versity of Louisville; Mariah Kendell, daughter of Robert Kendell and Mona Curtis, who plans to attend the University of Kentucky; Stella Myers, daughter of Mark and Stephanie Myers, who plans to attend Elizabethtown Community and Technical College; Anna Tillman, daughter of Adam Tillman and Jamie Witten, who plans to attend Transylvania University or the Uni­versity of Kentucky; Gavin Vice, son of Paul and Melanie Vice, who plans to attend the University of Kentucky; Langley Williams, daughter of Joseph and Lisa Boone, who plans to attend Western Kentucky University; and Grace Yates, daughter of Austin and Jessica Yates, who plans to attend Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

The recipients from Elizabethtown High School are Taiten Pritchard, son of David and Kristy Pritchard, who plans to attend Georgetown College; McClain Meyer, son of Todd and Kelley Meyer, who plans to attend the University of Louisville; Alexandra Presta, daughter of Paul and Melanie Presta, who plans to attend Asbury University; and Reagan Smith, daughter of Brian Smith and Angela Richardson, who plans to attend Western Kentucky University.

The recipients from John Hardin High School are Jacob Maddox, son of Scott and Kathi Maddox, who plans to attend the University of Louisville; and Lucy Sonsalla, daughter of Scott and Lori Sonsalla, who plans to attend Georgetown University.

The recipients from North Hardin High School are Alexus Brown, daugh­ter of Lonnie and Natascha Brown, who plans to attend the Uni­versity of Louisville; and Jordan Mur­rah, daughter of Curtis and Jordan Murrah, who plans to attend the University of Louisville.

“Through the generosity of our donors, students across our region can continue their education,” said Davette B. Swiney, president and CEO of CKCF. “Our scholarship program, Scholarship Central, is a great way to empower local students and show them the impact of philanthropy. It’s an honor to connect people to the causes they care about while helping people pursue their educational goals.”

The John Dink Memorial Scholar­ships are part of the 113 scholarships being awarded by CKCF this year through Scholarship Central. The scholarships total nearly $286,000 and were awarded to 94 students from 13 high schools and two colleges in the region.

To establish a scholarship fund or for information on this scholarship and other scholarships available to students, go to ckcf4people.org/scholarship-overview.