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05-12-2010


Eight Cumberlands students receive Alden scholarships

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — During the annual Honors Day Convocation at University of the Cumberlands, eight students received George I. Alden Scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year. Two students, Lindsey Embry and Christopher Price, received full-tuition scholarships, and six students, Brandy Balkenbusch, Lora Brook Blackburn, Lola Embree, Paul Pryor, Sarah Sutherland and Michelle Weber received one-half-tuition scholarships. In addition to the Alden scholarships, all these students received additional honors during the program.

Lindsey Embry, a senior biology major, chemistry minor, who is from Beaver Dam, was also recognized as a student of High Honor; named to membership in the Kentucky Beta chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national honor society for students of mathematics; and named to membership in the Zeta Gamma chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society.

Chris Price, a senior who is pursuing an accounting major and mathematics minor, was also named a student of Honor. He is from Hebron.

Brandy Balkenbusch, a freshman pursuing a chemistry major, is from Pocahontas, Ill. She was also named a student of High Honor and elected to membership in Alpha Lambda Delta, the national freshman honor society.

Lora Brook Blackburn, a senior from Pikeville, is pursuing a major in biology. She also was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2010-2011 and to membership in Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. and received a 2010 National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM Scholarship.

Lola Embree, a junior mathematics/physics major from Louisville was named a student of High Honor and inducted into the Kentucky Beta chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon and Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society.

Paul Pryor, a sophomore biology major from Evarts, was also named a student of High Honor.

Sarah Sutherland, a junior biology major from London, was also named a student of High Honor and elected to membership in Beta Beta Beta.

Michelle Weber, a sophomore from Louisville who is pursuing a major in chemistry was inducted into the Kentucky Beta chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon and into Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society.

In 1981 the George I. Alden Trust established the George I. Alden Endowed Scholarship Fund at Cumberland College, now University of the Cumberlands. The income from this fund is to be used to provide one-half tuition scholarships for six students and full tuition scholarships for two students, all of whom must be majoring in the sciences. To be eligible to receive one of the two full tuition scholarships, a student must have previously won a one-half scholarship.

The STEM Scholarship provides $6000 per year through a grant from the NSF, whose aim is to encourage more talented students to major in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. The scholarship program is funded by U.S. green card fees, in an effort to “home grow” our own scientists and technical workers so that U.S. companies will not have to import them.