PIKEVILLE — Seven college students spent their summer working at Highway District 12 as part of their KYTC scholarship rewards: two engineering technology students and five who are pursing civil engineering degrees.
Ethan Erwin and Michael Paul Brown, both engineering tech students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, worked with D-12’s surveying crew all summer. Erwin is a graduate of Lawrence County High School; he is the son of Keith and Sheila Erwin. A graduate of Magoffin County High School, Brown is the son of Paul and Paula Brown.
Andrew Mullins spent the summer on US 119 in Letcher County, what folks at D-12 call the Valley Floor Project. A graduate of Letcher County Central, he is a civil engineering major at the University of Kentucky. He is the son of Melanie and David Mullins of Jenkins.
Caleb McCool, a Johnson Central graduate, the son of Bobby and Deborah McCool, worked with the District Office Design Team. Among other projects, he did some preliminary design work on the Mountain Parkway widening. McCool started his college career at Big Sandy, and is now a civil engineering student at the University of Kentucky.
Sarah Hay, another Lawrence County High School graduate, the daughter of Cindy and John Hay, worked out of the Prestonsburg Section Office on a number of construction projects. She is a civil engineering student at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
Weston Cline, the son of Garred and Janet Cline, is a graduate of Pike County Central High School. A student at the University of Kentucky, he spent his summer on the Simpson Branch project, one of several supervised from the Prestonsburg Section Office.
Jarrod Johnson, a Pikeville High School graduate, is the son of Mike Johnson and Sandy Maynard Johnson Penix. He is a civil engineering student at the University of Kentucky, and worked all summer near Elkhorn City on one of the Bush & Burchett bridge projects that is part of new US 460.
The scholarship for students pursuing an Associate of Science in Civil Engineering was established by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in 2009. The current value of the full scholarship for the two-year program is $11,000.00. Recipients are selected on the basis of high school performance, ACT scores, aptitude in math and science, and interest in engineering as a career. They are guaranteed employment with the Cabinet upon graduation.
The civil engineering scholarship that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering was established by the Cabinet in 1948. Since then, it has been awarded to more than 1700 exceptional students from throughout Kentucky. Currently valued at $47,600, part of the scholarship program is the opportunity to work for the Cabinet during the summer months as well guaranteed full-time employment upon graduation. Like the engineering tech recipients, these students are chosen on the basis of high school performance, ACT scores, aptitude in math and science, and interest in engineering as a career.