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Seasons Greeting!

It’s been a challenging year and we hope that you and your loved ones have persevered through this difficult time. Our Appalachian Connection scholars have had a very different college experience this year. Stacie, Danika, Kellie and Brysen have all been very successful this semester despite having to take classes online as well as foregoing the traditional college experience.   These students embody the characteristics of Appalachia, which includes strength, determination and humility.

We remain in contact with our scholars to make sure they are doing well and receiving the support they need from our board. We meet with them virtually and have even started a quarterly program to expose them to successful entrepreneurs and role models in our region. We kicked off our first meeting this October with Joey McKenney, the founder and owner of Appalachian Apparel.

As always our mission is to support the young people in our region and their future success.

Learn how your support of Appalachian Connection is making a difference in the life of our 2020 Appalachian Connection Scholar, Brysen Honeycutt of Knott County, a freshman at the University of Kentucky. Brysen shares his experience below.

“Hello! My name is Brysen Honeycutt and I am the 2020 recipient of the Appalachian Connection Scholarship. I just completed my first semester of college at the University of Kentucky in the College of Engineering. Being online for the majority of my courses due to the pandemic created some challenges, but it was also very exciting to get my time in college underway. I look forward to starting back in the spring, and I cannot thank everyone at Appalachian Connection enough for supporting me on my way!” 

Let us move forward together in 2021 and continue to support our Appalachian students. Make your contribution to Appalachian Connection.

Thank you so much! We hope 2021 will bring health, safety and more opportunities to gather together for us all.


 Appalachian Connection Board of Directors

Brysen Honeycutt – his first day at the University of Kentucky in August


Support Appalachian Students and Make a Difference

November 28th is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back!

This #GivingTuesday, we invite you to join us in helping our Appalachian students realize their dreams of higher education.

Since Appalachian Connection began in 2016,  we have contributed $20,000 to support two college scholarships! We can’t wait to assist even more students from our region!

Here are a few ways you can help our misson.

  • Donate to support student scholarships- every dollar helps!
  • Share with your social networks– like our Facebook Page, post about why you support the Scholarship Foundation, Tweet your support by using the hashtag #AppalachianConnection
  • Honor someone you love by Making a Donation in his or her name. In return we’ll mail a beautiful card to announce that you’ve made this meaningful gift.

John Cornett, Pat Farrell, George Fitz, Trigg Mitchell, and Max Mitchell 
Appalachian Connection Board of Directors


George, Pat, John and Trigg at the Appalachian Connection Reunion of Friends on October 28th with 2017 scholarship recipient Stacie Fugate, a freshman at the University of Kentucky