A new scholarship program honoring long time volunteer and community activist Ruth Ann Bryant, is now available to Mercer County Students.
“On behalf of the Mercer Chamber of Commerce, we are very pleased to announce that the Chamber has established a college scholarship program in honor of our long time volunteer, Ruth Bryant,” said Sam Carr, chamber board president. “Ruth’s tireless and selfless contributions to both the Chamber and our community are immeasurable. We all love and admire Ruth. And it is our sincere hope that this scholarship will honor her legacy of community service and compassion, and that the scholarship program will make a positive impact for the recipients to pursue their dreams through higher education.”
The scholarship fund allows $1000 to be distributed to a student or divided among two.
“I am so honored they chose to name this scholarship after me,” said Ruth Bryant. “I hope it will benefit students that live in Mercer County. I especially would like to see more of them stay and get their education here at Campbellsville University.”
Bryant who will be part of a committee to choose who will receive the scholarship said she encourages every student living in Mercer County to apply.
Carr and Bryant serve on the selection committee along side Toni Preston and Jill Cutler, executive director of the Mercer Chamber of Commerce.
“The program is new so the committee has only met a few times,” said Cutler. “The program is for students attending the Conover Education Center with a priority for Mercer County and African American students.”
Cutler said the program originated because Bryant volunteered with the Chamber for several years and assisted in bringing the Conover Education Center to fruition.
“While I was working on public relations and scholarship funds, Ruth was running the office and also making recruiting a priority particularly with young African Americans,” said Cutler. “Her efforts kept the chamber running smoothly without missing a beat and helped recruit. Ruth’s work was essential and set the stage for these young people to see possibilities right here at home for them to succeed. It was a perfect match!”
For more information call the Mercer Chamber of Commerce at 734-2365.
The Harrodsburg Herald/Jennifer Marsh
Ruth Bryant recently had a scholarship fund founded in her name to honor her dedication to volunteerism with the Mercer Chamber of Commerce and the Conover Education Center. Pictured are the selection committee for the scholarship which includes left to right Bryant, Jill Cutler, Sam Carr and Toni Preston.