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Jim Taylor II Memorial Scholarship Recipients Recognized


Ms. Norma Patrick, professor of education, presents Henderson her award.

Williamsburg, Ky.- Rebecca Henderson and Sarah Steely were honored as recipients of the Jim Taylor II Memorial Scholarship during the Honors Day service held at University of the Cumberlands on April 24.

The scholarship was established at Cumberland to honor the memory of Jim Taylor II, the only child of President and Mrs. Jim Taylor, who died in an automobile accident in 1991, the night before he would have graduated from Williamsburg High School.


Ms. Norma Patrick, professor of education, presents Steely her award.

To qualify for the scholarship students must be a student at Williamsburg High School, must meet certain academic standards, and must write an essay to Jim’s parents explaining why he or she would like to receive the scholarship to attend University of the Cumberlands.

The recipients receive a medallion at their high school’s honor program, which they wear to their high school graduation. They also wear the medallion at their Cumberlands graduation. Because young Jim loved horses, each recipient is given a crystal horse during the University of the Cumberlands Honors Day service in the year of their graduation.

Henderson, a double major in social work and public health, is the daughter of Lloyd and Peggy Henderson. While at Cumberlands, Henderson has been active in the Student Government Association and in the social work club. She has applied to the University of Kentucky where she plans to pursue her master’s in social work.

Steely is graduating with an education degree and will be certified as an elementary school teacher. She is the daughter of Mary and Brance Steely. While at Cumberlands, Steely has been active with the Appalachian Ministries and the dance team. She also volunteers her time to teach dance to area children. Upon graduation, she hopes to secure an elementary teaching position and begin working on her master’s degree in school administration.