Appalachian Connection is pleased to announce the recipient of its 2021 scholarship. Jarrett Napier, a senior at Hazard High School, was awarded the scholarship. Jarrett is the son of Scott and Kim Napier of Hazard.
In March 2021, high school seniors in Perry County and Knott County were invited by Appalachian Connection to submit applications for the scholarship. Out of fourteen applicants, six students were chosen to participate in interviews with the Appalachian Connection Board of Directors on April 21st. Once the Directors made their decision, Jarrett was contacted by Appalachian Connection Board President, John Cornett. Jarrett will receive a grant in the amount of $10,000 to be used towards his higher education. He plans to begin his studies at Lindsey Wilson College this Fall.
John Cornett states, “Reviewing these applications and meeting these kids is such a wonderful experience. There are so many impressive students that are going to do great things for themselves, their families, and our region. Jarrett definitely falls into this category. He is a leader, not just in academics and athletics but also in the community. He is very involved with city government today and plans to be in the future. He has a well defined plan on how to accomplish his future goals and is already starting to save for law school. We are happy to help alleviate some of his college expenses and provide support as he progresses throughout his career.”
Jarrett is planning to pursue a degree in accounting and eventually attend law school. In addition to his academic pursuits, Jarrett is a 2021 City of Hazard Civic Fellow and a talented athlete. He is an avid golfer, a hobby he took up during Covid-19, as well as a member of the Hazard High School varsity basketball and baseball teams. Jarrett stressed that he wants to use the scholarship to assist with his education so he can return to Hazard and help improve the community as well as have an impact on the lives of others.
When asked how he feels about receiving the 2021-2022 Appalachian Connection Scholarship, Jarrett stated, “I am extremely grateful to be the 2021 Appalachian Connection scholar. This connection will help me strive toward fulfilling my goals and improving my education. I am thankful for the opportunities provided by this scholarship and the blessing of having the support of everyone at Appalachian Connection. I am excited to move forward in this process with the help of the Appalachian Connection scholarship.”
Appalachian Connection was established in 2015. Its mission is to ease the financial burden of higher education for deserving students in Appalachian schools. Appalachian Connection is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that provides scholarships to four year colleges. The scholarships have a value of $10,000 ($2,500 per year) and are awarded to applicants who demonstrate academic achievement, impact in the community, and a desire to utilize their education to help further our Appalachian region.