Pikeville Lawmaker Wants to Expand Scholarship Program to 34 Coal Counties
A Pikeville lawmaker wants to cement and expand a pilot scholarship program aimed at boosting college-going rates in Eastern Kentucky. Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs has filed a bill that would make permanent the nine-county program — created last year with an executive order by Gov. Steve Beshear — and spread it to all 34 coal-producing counties, including eight in Western Kentucky. The program would continue to use coal severance tax dollars to provide grants to college juniors and seniors to help them finish their four year degrees.