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Over $7,000 in scholarships given by BSACAP   no comments

Posted at 3:18 pm in News
Eula Hall and Amy Combs

Eula Hall presented the first ever Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship to Amy Combs, of Garrett, earlier this month at the Eula Hall Health Center on Mud Creek. Combs is in her final year at Morehead State University where she is studying to become a substance abuse counselor.

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is afforded the opportunity to present students in their service area with scholarships to help them attend college or vocational school. This year nine people across Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties received a total of over $7,000 in funds to help them pursue their educational goals. This amount includes the newest award offered by the agency; the Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship.

The Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship is a $2,000 prize awarded to an individual who is majoring in Social Work, Human Services, Public Services, or a related field; has a history of volunteer work; is in at least their third year of study; and has a financial need.
Mike Howell, Executive Director of BSACAP, said that Eula Hall has served on the agency’s board of directors for 36 years and that her work in the community should be an inspiration to the next generation of advocates. “She is truly an advocate for our people. From her work to build and expand the Mud Creek Clinic to her work for black lung patients and workers’ rights or even just helping people get through the end of the month by making sure they have food or medicine, she is a woman of the people and we are lucky to have her.”

The winner of the first ever Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship is Amy Combs of Garrett. Combs is in her final year at Morehead State University where she is studying to become a substance abuse counselor. As a recovering addict herself, she is passionate about helping other people find their way out of substance abuse and onto a fulfilling life. Combs attends school full-time, works full-time, and is a single mother with two sons. In her free time she coaches boys’ basketball. She has previously volunteered with local senior citizens centers and at a local shelter.

BSACAP Deputy Director Wanda Thacker said, “Amy has expressed interest in staying in the area to work and serve the people here. She has overcome hardship and has shown a real passion for caring for other people. She is just the sort of person we’re looking for to carry the torch and we know she will do good things.”

Seven Community Service Block Grant scholarships were also awarded. These scholarships are available to students who reside in Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike counties who demonstrate a financial need and write an essay explaining why their education is important and why they deserve the scholarship. This year’s winners are as follows:

Montana Adams, of Prestonsburg, will be studying Secondary Mathematics Education at Alice Lloyd College. Jessica Hill, of Betsy Lane, will be studying Medical Information Technology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Shawn Kidd, of Drift, will be studying Nursing at the Galen College of Nursing. Caitlin Little, of Pikeville, will be studying Nursing at Pikeville College. Reaford May Jr., of Elkhorn City, will be studying at Bellevue University. Evan Prince, of Lovely, will be studying Psychology at Morehead State University. Juanita Vickers, of Hardy, will be studying Social Work at Morehead State University.

Wanda Thacker, Deputy Director of BSACAP, said, “Through these scholarships we are trying to give a little extra help for the expenses they might incur during the school year. We really applaud these students for making the choice to continue their education and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage them on their way.”

The BSACAP scholarship application period begins in May and ends in June each year. Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The 2018 CSBG Scholarship winners were presented with their awards earlier this month at Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s Johnson County Office. Front row: Caitlin Little, Juanita Vickers, Jessica Hill, Shawn Kidd, BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell. Back row: Montana Adams, Evan Prince, Reaford May Jr., BSACAP Deputy Director Wanda Thacker.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 17th, 2018

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Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship, CSBG Academic Scholarships available to students   no comments

Posted at 9:20 am in News

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) distributes $7,000 in scholarships to students in the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County area. This year, the nonprofit organization has changed up their offerings and has announced the creation of the Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship.

The Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship will be one $2,000 scholarship offered to students majoring in Social Work, Human Services, Public Services, or related fields. Applicants must be in at least their third year of post-secondary study, must have a record of volunteerism, and must fulfill the requirements of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship application.

Eula Hall has lived her life as an advocate for the workers, children, and families of the region. She served with the Volunteers in Service to America, the Appalachian Volunteers, the East Kentucky Worker’s Rights Organization, and as president of the Kentucky Black Lung Association. She created the Mud Creek Water District, and in 1973, established the Mud Creek Clinic to serve uninsured and underinsured people. The Mud Creek Clinic, now known at the Eula Hall Health Center, offers general clinic care, pharmacy, dental care, optometry, mental health services, patient transportation, public benefits guidance, and a food pantry. She has served on the BSACAP Board of Directors for more than 35 years.

BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell said, “Our organization wanted to thank Eula for the work she has done for Community Action and honor her for the leadership and care that she has given to the people in our area. We also want to see a new generation of strong advocates for eastern Kentucky rise up and continue the fight against poverty.”

BSACAP will also be offering ten $500 CSBG Academic Scholarship to students in the area.

If you are a student entering or returning to college or vocational school this fall and are in need of financial assistance, you may be eligible for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Academic Scholarship.

Applicants must provide the following information and/or documentation to apply for the scholarship:

  • Meet income eligibility as determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Provide proof of residency within the BSACAP service area via utility bill or piece of first class mail postmarked within 30 days of application
  • Complete and sign an application available at any BSACAP Community Services office
  • Complete a Family Profile according to CSBG guidelines
  • Provide proof of a high school diploma or GED
  • Provide proof of cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better from last semester of high school or last completed semester of college
  • Provide two letters of reference
  • Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a post-secondary educational institution for the Fall 2017 semester/term
  • Write an essay on why they feel they should receive the award

Applicants who have earned a 4-year degree or are pursuing education levels of Master’s Degree and above are not eligible. BSACAP staff and family members of staff are not eligible to apply.

For further information or to pick up an application, applicants may contact the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Services Office in their county. Completed applications and required documentation must be received by mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018. Scholarships will be awarded no later than July 31, 2018.

Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Office locations are as follows:

  • Floyd County – 60 Court Street, Allen – (606) 874-3595
  • Johnson County – Johnson County Court House, 230 Court Street, Paintsville – (606) 789-6515
  • Magoffin County – 131 South Church Street, Salyersville – (606) 349-2217
  • Martin County – Roy F. Collier Community Center, Suite 203, Inez – (606) 298-3217
  • Pike County – 478 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville – (606) 432-2775

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Written by Sarah Hill on May 15th, 2018

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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program distributes over $7,000 in scholarships   no comments

Posted at 10:28 am in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program awarded their annual CSBG Scholarships to 15 individuals this year. Front Row: Kim Vicars (CSBG Program Manager), Caitlin Little, Cody Crum, Ashley Hunter, Wanda Thacker (Deputy Director). Middle Row: Mike Howell (Executive Director), Jalah Quinn, Johnda Adams, Jessica Hill, Megan Preston, Landon Gillispie. Back Row: Caleb Harris, Rodney James, Diana Hall, Adam Crum, Evan Prince, Reaford May Jr. Not Pictured: Lezlie Roberts.

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is afforded the opportunity to present students in their service area with scholarships to help them attend college or vocational school.  The scholarships are made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). This year 15 people across Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties received a total of over $7,000 in funds to help them pursue their educational goals.

Johnda Marie Adams, of Pikeville, will be studying Dental Hygiene at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Adam Crum, of Tomahawk, will be studying to become a Welding Technician at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Cody Crum, of Inez, will be studying Optometry at the University of Pikeville. Landon Gillespie, of Melvin, will be attending Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Diana Hall, of Prestonsburg, will be working toward a degree in Business Management at Morehead State University. Caleb Harris, of Pikeville, plans to major in History and Political Science at the University of Pikeville. Jessica Hill, of Betsy Lane, will be studying Applied Science at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Ashley Hunter, of Prestonsburg, will major in Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University. Rodney James, of Pikeville, will attend the University of Kentucky and major in Finance and Accounting. Caitlin Little, of Pikeville, will be studying Nursing at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Reaford May Jr., of Elkhorn City, will be studying Electrical Engineering at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Megan Preston, of Warfield, will attend Morehead State University and major in Convergent Media and English. Evan Prince, of Lovely, will be studying Bio-Medical Science at Morehead State University. Jalah Quinn, of Pikeville, will attend Big Sandy Community and Technical College where she will study Communication and Social Media. Lezlie Roberts, of Virgie, will study Nursing at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Mike Howell, Executive Director of BSACAP, said, “Through these scholarships we are trying to give a little extra help for the expenses they might incur during the school year. We really applaud these students for making the choice to continue their education and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage them on their way.”

Wanda Thacker, Deputy Director of BSACAP, explained that students were required to submit proof of financial need, college acceptance, and GPA, along with letters of reference and an essay explaining why they deserve the award. Thacker also noted the recipients’ progress through the school year would be tracked. She invited the students to return to BSACAP when they graduate if they wanted assistance with referrals or anything else that life might bring their way. “We believe in you and we really do want you to succeed,” she said.

The scholarship application period begins in May and ends in June.

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 2nd, 2017

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CSBG Academic Scholarships available to students   no comments

Posted at 9:50 am in News

If you are a student entering or returning to college or vocational school this fall and are in need of financial assistance, you may be eligible for a cash scholarship provided by the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program with funding from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

Applicants must provide the following information and/or documentation to apply for the scholarship:

  • Meet income eligibility as determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Provide proof of residency within the BSACAP service area via utility bill or piece of first class mail postmarked within 30 days of application
  • Complete and sign an application available at any BSACAP Community Services office
  • Complete a Family Profile according to CSBG guidelines
  • Provide proof of a high school diploma or GED
  • Provide proof of cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better from last semester of high school or last completed semester of college
  • Provide two letters of reference
  • Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a post-secondary educational institution for the Fall 2017 semester/term
  • Write an essay on why they feel they should receive the award

Applicants who have earned a 4-year degree or are pursuing education levels of Master’s Degree and above are not eligible. BSACAP staff and family members of staff are not eligible to apply.

For further information or to pick up an application, applicants may contact the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Services Office in their county. Completed applications and required documentation must be received by mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017. Scholarships will be awarded no later than July 31, 2017.

Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Office locations are as follows:

  • Floyd County – 60 Court Street, Allen – (606) 874-3595
  • Johnson County – Johnson County Court House, 230 Court Street, Paintsville – (606) 789-6515
  • Magoffin County – 131 South Church Street, Salyersville – (606) 349-2217
  • Martin County – Roy F. Collier Community Center, Suite 203, Inez – (606) 298-3217
  • Pike County – 478 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville – (606) 432-2775

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Written by Sarah Hill on May 5th, 2017

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Pike County woman earns scholarship, creates better life with BSACAP   no comments

Posted at 9:35 am in News
Cassondra Smith stands with her young son outside of her apartment at the Scholar House in Pikeville. Smith participated in Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s In-School Youth Program and was a recent recipient of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship.

Cassondra Smith stands with her young son outside of her apartment at the Scholar House in Pikeville. Smith participated in Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s In-School Youth Program and was a recent recipient of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship.

Juggling work, school, family, and life can be difficult for anyone, but Casondra Smith, a young mother in Pike County, is making it work by taking advantage of every opportunity to better her life and create a good life for her son.

Smith met Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Career Advisor Jackie Blackburn who knew she would be a perfect fit for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program for In-School Youth. Blackburn started helping Smith put herself on a strong path while she was still at Shelby Valley High School by working with her to find employment.

The In-School Youth Program available through BSACAP helps low-income young people gain work experience, find career counseling and academic tutoring, and gives them 12 months of mentoring to ensure their continued success.

Through the relationship they built, Blackburn was able to find several more ways to help Smith stay on the path to success. When Smith graduated from high school, Blackburn assisted her with information about college scholarships and housing arrangements for single parents.  “Jackie is very nice. You can really tell she loves her job,” Smith said.

Beginning her second year at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Smith, who is studying Human Services, is excited for her new classes. “I’m excited to start my clinicals next year, and this year I’ll be starting my psychology and sociology classes,” she said.

Smith is taking advantage of the opportunity to live in the Scholar House in Pikeville, apartments for single parents who are enrolled in school, have their child enrolled in daycare, and agree to keep up their grades and pay part of the cost of living in the apartment. “They’re very nice apartments. And it’s all about school and studying, so it’s really helpful,” she said.

Smith was recently awarded the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship that is distributed by BSACAP and made available to low-income students to help with their college expenses. Smith said she plans to use the scholarship money to help her take of her son while she is in school.

Smith said, “I dread [going back to school], but I’m excited at the same time. I know I’m going to be taking harder classes this year, but I’m excited to graduate and get into a job.”

Smith’s Career Advisor Jackie Blackburn said, “Cassie is a bright girl, and she is so dedicated to succeeding in making a better life for her son. She was an excellent participant in our program, and her strong drive and perseverance is going to take her far.”

Funding for the Youth Program is made possible by the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act of 2014 and the U.S. Department of Labor through the Department of Training and Re-Employment and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP). The Scholarship Program is made possible by Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 19th, 2016

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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program distributes over $7,000 in scholarships   no comments

Posted at 9:32 am in News

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is afforded the opportunity to present students in their service area with scholarships to help them attend college or vocational school.  The scholarships are made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). This year nine people across Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties received a total of over $7,000 in funds to help them pursue their educational goals.

Johnda Marie Adams, of Pikeville, will be studying Dental Hygiene at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Oliva Adkins, of Pikeville, will be studying Elementary Education at the University of Pikeville. Tommy Adkins, of Pikeville, will be studying Radiology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Austin Tyler Hall, of Harold, will be working toward his Associate’s Degree in Science at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Diana Hall, of Prestonsburg, will be working toward a degree in Business Management at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Sasha Kidd, of Martin, will be studying Nursing at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Caitlin Little, of Pikeville, will be studying Nursing at Eastern Kentucky University. Reaford May Jr., of Elkhorn City, will be studying Electrical Engineering at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Casondra Smith, of Pikeville, will be studying Human Services at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Mike Howell, Executive Director of BSACAP, said, “Through these scholarships we are trying to give a little extra help for the expenses they might incur during the school year. We really applaud these students for making the choice to continue their education and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage them on their way.”

Wanda Thacker, Deputy Director of BSACAP, explained that students were required to submit proof of financial need, college acceptance, and GPA, along with letters of reference and an essay explaining why they deserve the award. Thacker also noted the recipients’ progress through the school year would be tracked. She invited the students to return to BSACAP when they graduate if they wanted assistance with referrals or anything else that life might bring their way. “We believe in you and we really do want you to succeed,” she said.

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program joined the 2016 recipients of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship for a group picture. Front row: Olivia Adkins, Sasha Kidd, Johnda Adams, Caitlin Little, CSBG Manager Kim Vicars. Back row: Executive Director Mike Howell, Tommy Adkins, Austin Tyler Hall, Diana Hall, Casondra Smith, Reaford May Jr., Deputy Director Wanda Thacker.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program joined the 2016 recipients of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship for a group picture. Front row: Olivia Adkins, Sasha Kidd, Johnda Adams, Caitlin Little, CSBG Manager Kim Vicars. Back row: Executive Director Mike Howell, Tommy Adkins, Austin Tyler Hall, Diana Hall, Casondra Smith, Reaford May Jr., Deputy Director Wanda Thacker.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 19th, 2016

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