West Kentucky Community and Technical College awarded $855,000 in scholarships to 385 students in the 2019-20 academic year, including three from Caldwell County.

More than 1,300 scholarship applications were submitted for the current academic year, said Lee Emmons, executive director of the Paducah Junior College, the charitable foundation for WKCTC that disburses scholarship funding.

Emmons said that 400 scholarship awards were possible this year through the generosity of donors.

The following are scholarship recipients from Caldwell County:

• Allison Brindley: George E. Beiderwell II Scholarship.

• Robert Gill: George E. Beiderwell II Scholarship.

• Veronica Smith: Katterjohn Memorial Scholarship.

WKCTC has expanded eligibility for academic or "merit" scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year, for which applications are currently being accepted through March 1. Merit-based scholarships will now be offered to high school seniors who apply with a 21 ACT score and 3.0 GPA or above and enroll full-time at WKCTC.

In addition to merit-based scholarships for incoming freshmen, WKCTC offers need-based, program-specific and other scholarships, including those designated for non-traditional and current WKCTC students.

Applications for all scholarships are accepted through the WKCTC website at bit.ly/2u7Ty2E. Students with scholarship application questions may contact the WKCTC student services department at 270-534-3069.