Two Knox County students receive help from KCEOC to pay for college

(Left to Right )KCEOC’s Alicia Hill, scholarship recipient Tessa Terrell, and scholarship recipient Keona Jones.  Photo Submitted.
(Left to Right )KCEOC’s Alicia Hill, scholarship recipient Tessa Terrell, and scholarship recipient Keona Jones.
Photo Submitted.

James J. Davenport Community Services Block Grant Scholarship

Special to the Mountain Advocate

Each year, KCEOC Community Action Partnership presents two recipients with a scholarship which is funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) education fund.  These scholarships are designed to provide continued education to recipients that illustrate need by meeting income eligibility guidelines, and show promise of success indicated by GPA/GED scores, and enrollment in an educational/vocational institution.

The CSBG scholarship is named in honor of a Community Action hero and one of KCEOC’s very own– the late James Joseph Davenport– affectionately known to most as “Jim.”  During his 26-year career at KCEOC, Jim was instrumental in saving funding in Washington, D.C. that was the prime source for KCEOC and Community Action Agencies across the country.  CSBG is funding administered by the Office of Community Services in the Department of Health and Human Services to address poverty at the community level.  After Congress authorized CSBG to consolidate existing anti-poverty grants, Jim spent the remainder of his career coordinating the CSBG funding.   He was also critical to having the Commonwealth of Kentucky pass HB 206, the acceptance and pass-through of CSBG funds to Community Action Agencies.

The 2015 $1,000 recipients of the James J. Davenport Scholarships are Tessa Terrell and Keona Jones.

Tessa Terrell, 17, is a graduating senior at Knox Central High School. She is a member of Link Crew (a leadership program for seniors who mentor freshmen and incoming middle school students), Beta Club, and she is also a cheerleader.  She held a 3.17 GPA at the time of the scholarship submission. She will be attending Eastern Kentucky University where she is considering pursuing a degree in Education to become a teacher.

Keona Jones, 17, is a graduating senior at Knox Central High School. She is a member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), DECA, Book Club, and Journalism Club. She held a 3.9 GPA at the time of the scholarship submission. She will be attending the University of Kentucky to pursue a degree in Psychology. After her completion she plans to attend the University of Louisville Law School.

It is KCEOC’s goal to not only continue to provide the scholarships through CSBG, but to also expand the program to assist more individuals needing assistance to continue their education.  Every dollar contributed to this fund will go directly to the recipients of the scholarship.   For more information, call 606-546-3152.