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10-14-2005


Bert T. Combs Grants Available Statewide

Williamsburg, Ky. - Bert T. Combs Grants are now available to all students in the state of Kentucky who seek admission at University of the Cumberlands. The Bert T. Combs Grant Program is designed to meet full-tuition (not room and board) costs. The grant makes up the difference between federal, state, KEES, and merit monies. Students must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the grant: score a 19 or higher on the ACT, have a cumulative 2.75 or higher high school or college GPA (transfer students are also eligible), and apply for, be eligible for, and receive the Federal Pell Grant, the KTG and CAP grants. The deadline for applying is April 1, 2006.

The grant was named after the late Bert T. Combs, who in the 1920’s, came to University of the Cumberlands, then Cumberland College, seeking an education. He had little money and no way of acquiring any more than he had. He went to Cumberland College President J.L. Creech to see if he could somehow work to pay his way through college. Combs made a good impression on Creech and acquired a job stoking furnaces to help pay for his education. Many years later, Combs reminisced that apart from this job, “I never would have gone to college.”

Bert T. Combs went on to serve as judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and judge of the 6th District United States Court of Appeals.

For more information about the Bert T. Combs Grant Program or other financial assistance opportunities, contact the University of the Cumberlands’ Admissions Office at (800) 343-1609.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts university in it 116th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs.