Scholar Profiles


Lauren Little

2016 Scholar – Lauren Little

Lauren is a 2016 graduate of Hazard High School. While in high school Lauren served many leadership roles, including Class of 2016 President, founding member of the HHS theater department, Co-editor of the yearbook, and Co-Captain of the Varsity Soccer team. Lauren has also been active in community leadership while growing up in Hazard.

“When I heard I had won this scholarship I was overwhelmed and could not believe what I was hearing, “said Lauren. “It has been such a great help to me and my family. Now that I have graduated, I am attending Alice Lloyd College and have been accepted into the Honors Program. Receiving this scholarship allows me to pay for my room and board, while following a Pre-Med track.”


2017 Scholar – Stacie Fugate

Stacie is a 2017 graduate of Hazard High School and is currently in her second year at the University of Kentucky. Stacie comes to us with a long list of impressive achievements and community service. She has been a member of the soccer team, academic team, and speech team. She has also served on the Appalachia Renaissance Initiative’s Student Senate, working regionally to add young voices to current economic revitalization initiatives.

“Winning this scholarship is nothing short of a wonderful opportunity to say the least. I’m forever grateful for several things, but I’m especially thankful that there is a group of people who want to give back to our community and invest in our future. I plan to use the scholarship to grow as a student and individual so that I can return to Appalachia and pay it forward. I’m beyond proud of where I come from and this opportunity will allow me to prove that.”

Stacie will be keeping us updated on her college experience. Check out Stacie’s Blog for more.


2018 Scholar – Danika Riddle

Danika RiddleDanika is a 2018 graduate of Perry Central High School and was awarded the scholarship on May 8th, 2018 at a ceremony at her school. She is currently a freshman at Eastern Kentucky University. After completing her education, she plans to return to Perry County and pursue a career as a social worker. Inspired by her mother’s selflessness and the support she received from Kentucky River Community Care after the death of her father, Danika is passionate about helping people overcome obstacles. She intends to use these skills to make a positive impact on eastern Kentucky.

As the Appalachian Connection scholarship recipient, Danika says she wants to “show kids of the Appalachian region that going to college is a realistic option that they shouldn’t pass up. With this scholarship I have the potential to assist my region in becoming a place where people want to return.“

Danika will be keeping us updated on her college experience. Check back later for her blog posts.