Scholarships

State Highway Engineer Andy Barber, Deputy Transportation Secretary Paul Looney and District 12 Chief District Engineer Mary Westfall-Holbrook present a scholarship to Nicholas Maynard, who works at the Prestonsburg section office of District 12. He was one of four local students to earn the honor in District 12.

Four graduates from high schools in Highway District 12 earned the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s college scholarships this year. 

Three are enrolled this fall in the civil engineering technologist associate degree program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, and one is registered in the Civil Engineering bachelor’s degree program at the University of Kentucky.

They include the following students: 

Lindsey Lockhart, the daughter of Jennifer and Kevin Lockhart and a graduate of Pikeville High School, started her on-the-job training with Vince Hayes at the Pike-ville Section Office. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at UK.  

Dalton Stepp, the son of Stacy and Katrina Stepp, is working with Chris Allen and the D12 Bridge Team. A graduate of Pike County Central, he is enrolled in the civil engineering technologist associate degree program at Big Sandy.

Kyle McPeek, assigned to the Pikeville Section Office for the summer, is the son of Roger and Tina McPeek. He will be a sophomore at Big Sandy Community & Technical College, enrolled in the CET associate degree program.

Nicholas Maynard is the son of Bryan Maynard and Rebecca and Trinity Crank. He is working this summer at the Prestonsburg Section Office, and will be a sophomore at Big Sandy this fall in the CET associate degree program.

“We want to welcome these young people to our D12 family,” said Mary Westfall-Holbrook, the chief district engineer. “It is exciting that they all have an interest in civil engineering and impressive that they all qualified for KYTC scholarships. It isn’t often that a district can boast four scholarship students in one year.”

The civil engineering bachelors’ degree competitive scholarship, established in 1948, has been awarded to more than 1,800 students from throughout the state. Currently, the scholarship is worth up to $51,200 for a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering for students who attend or plan to attend the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University or Kentucky State University. Students are offered the opportunity to work for the Cabinet during summer months, as well as secure full-time employment upon graduation. Students agree to work one year for KYTC for each year of scholarship assistance. Students are chosen based on performance in high school, ACT scores, aptitude in math and science, and an interest in engineering as a career.   

Lockhart is one of 18 students statewide to receive the civil engineering scholarship this award cycle.

The civil engineering technology scholarship, established in 2009, has been awarded to students from throughout the state. 

Currently, the scholarship is worth $12,000 toward an Associate of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology, thanks to a partnership between KYTC and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Students are offered the opportunity to work for the Cabinet during summer months, as well secure full-time employment upon graduation. Students agree to work one year for KYTC for each year of scholarship assistance. 

Students are chosen based on performance in high school, ACT scores, aptitude in math and science, and an interest in engineering as a career.

Stepp, McPeek, and Maynard are three of eight students statewide to receive the civil engineering technology scholarship this award cycle.

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