Gianna Douglas-Shaw, Donovan Riley, Valarie James (not pictured: Johnesia Scott)
Paducah Tilghman juniors Gianna Douglas-Shaw, Valarie James, Donovan Riley, and Johnesia Scott have been selected to by the McCracken County Community Career Endowment to be inaugural participants in the 2010-11 PaxtonScholars program.
These selected scholars will receive college scholarship funds based on grade-point averages during their junior and senior years of high school and through first two semesters of college. A college suitable laptop computer will also be presented to all six scholars upon high school graduation in 2012.
The PaxtonScholars Program seeks to enhance student self-esteem, parent or guardian advocacy, peer and mentor interaction, maintenance and improvement of academic performance and preparation for college transition, all of which are unique challenges that African American students face.
MCCCE, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, was organized in 2006 after receiving a $1 million donor-directed endowment established at the Community Foundation of West Kentucky by the late Fred Paxton and his wife, Peggy Paxton. In addition to the PaxtonScholars Program, the endowment will continue to award scholarships and educational assistance to students who wish to continue their post-secondary educations.
Donations to support the efforts of the MCCCE, Inc. can be made to the Administrator of the Paxton Endowment: The Community Foundation of West Kentucky at P.O. Box 7901, Paducah, Kentucky 42002-7901 or directly to: MCCCE, Inc. at P.O. Box 357, Paducah, Kentucky 42002-0357.