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Jim Taylor II Memorial Scholarship recipients recognized on Honors Day

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Josh Patrick, John Steely and Brenda Woods were honored as recipients of the Jim Taylor II Memorial Scholarship during the 50th annual Honors Day service held at University of the Cumberlands on April 27.

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.

To qualify for the scholarship students must have attended either Williamsburg High School or Whitley County 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.

Josh Patrick, the son of Lincoln and Iona Patrick of Williamsburg, is a December 2008 UC graduate who earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. He has also been named to Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2008-2009. While at University of the Cumberlands, he was named both a Mid-South Academic All Conference Track and Mid-South Academic All Conference Cross-Country athlete. He was on the Dean’s list; a member of Kappa Delta Pi and the Kentucky Education Association Student Program (KEASP); was a STAR in the INSIGHTS program; and served as a camp counselor for Crossings Ministries. Patrick plans to teach in an elementary school this fall.

John Steely, the son of Mary and Brance Steely of Williamsburg, is graduating with Middle School Certification in both mathematics and science. While at UC, Steely has worked as an ambassador for the Admissions Office and has been an active member of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society and KEASP. He also has served as a Bible study facilitator and camp counselor for Crossings Ministries. Steely plans to teach in a middle school this fall, and he is entering UC’s Master of Education Program this summer.

Brenda Woods, who is completing her Middle School Certification in both mathematics and science, is the daughter of Ford and Betty Woods of Williamsburg. On Honors Day, Woods also received the Education Department’s Middle School Education Award; was named a Student of Hono; and was inducted into the J. T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society. She is one of only 8 future math and science teachers from the Kentucky Association of Independent Colleges and Universities to receive a $5,000 Gheen’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Teacher Preparation Scholarship. Woods has also served as a STAR in UC’s INSIGHTS program; is listed in Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges; and is a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon. She plans to teach in an Ohio middle school this fall.