Six Hardin County students received the Trooper Ponder Memorial Scholarship from the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.
Trooper Cameron Ponder was a 2002 graduate of North Hardin High School in Radcliff where he played baseball, football and ran track. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy, and in 2015 graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy. He lost his life in the line of duty in 2015. This scholarship honors his life of service by awarding $954, representing his badge number, to each recipient.
The recipients were Garrett Bowman, son of Joseph and Stephanie Bowman, a 2019 John Hardin graduate who plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University; Kristopher Mayberry, son of Robert and Amy Mayberry, a 2019 Meade County graduate who plans to attend Elizabethtown Community and Technical College; Drew Millay, son of David and Michelle Millay, a 2019 graduate of Central Hardin High School who plans to attend the University of Louisville; Jordan Murrah, daughter of Curtis and Jordan Murrah, who plans to attend the University of Louisville; Madyson Pinkham, daughter of Steve and Rhonda Pinkahm, a 2019 graduate of Elizabethtown High School who plans to attend the University of Louisville; and Tyler Thompson, son of Jeremy and Karen Thompson, a 2019 graduate of North Hardin Christian School 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 Trooper Ponder Memorial Scholarships is one of 113 scholarships being awarded by the foundation 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 to find out more information on this scholarship and other scholarships available to students, go to ckcf4people.org/scholarship-overview.