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08-27-2007


University of the Cumberlands announces creation of the Tom Adkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands and the family of Tom Adkins announce the establishment of the Tom Adkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund. Each year, the earnings from this fund will be used to provide scholarship assistance to a qualified student or students at University of the Cumberlands.

The Tom Adkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to honor Adkins, a tenable, talented man who loved God, family, friends, his country and his life. He taught, by example, the qualities of good citizenship and good sportsmanship.

Born in Williamsburg, Adkins attended Williamsburg High School where he completed his studies and participated in sports. This multi-talented man was awarded the Honorable Mention Award for the All Kentucky High School Squad for football in 1947 and 1948, and for basketball in 1948 and 1949. In 2003, his football team was inducted into the Williamsburg Hall of Fame.

Adkins played basketball for Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) in the 1950s. This congenial man was liked by his teammates, who recognized his talents and leadership abilities, and elected him team captain. He was popular with his peers, who voted him Mr. Off Campus at Cumberland.

Although his education was interrupted while he served in the military during the Korean War, Adkins returned to college, received a degree in education and enjoyed a successful career with South Central Bell, working his way into management.

Always optimistic, Adkins demonstrated the values of education, honesty and hard work. With this scholarship, this generous, inspirational individual can continue to give.

To qualify for the Tom Adkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship, an student must be a Christian, demonstrate financial need, be a resident of Whitley County, Ky., be an athlete while in high school and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Students may apply for the scholarship through the Office of Financial Planning at Cumberlands. Individuals wishing to donate to the scholarship fund may do so by contacting the Office of the President at (606) 539-4201.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online programs.