A dream came true last week for a Piarist School senior.
Brennen Mullins was notified that he received a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the University of Kentucky.
The Otis Singletary Scholarship requires students have an ACT score of 33 or higher, a grade point average of 3.75 or higher and meet other qualifications. Mullins’ ACT is 33 and his GPA is 4.3.
Mullins is the 17-year-old son of Hi Hat residents Courtney Mullins, a psychologist at Appalachian Regional Healthcare, and Gary Mullins, a Kentucky State Police trooper. He said the scholarship will help him focus on his studies at UK.
“With this scholarship, I plan to go to UK for four years, tuition-free. I plan to use this, you know, this relieves the financial burden to better my education and focus more on my studies rather than having to work a little bit extra,” he said.
Mullins wants to become an engineer. He plans to participate in summer engineering internships before starting classes in the fall.
He said his interest in math “really took off” during his freshman year. He commended his homeroom teacher, UK alumni James Roaden for inspiring his interest in math and science.
“I’m very proud of this school itself,” he said. “The Piarist School has been wonderful to me and had really taught me how to further my education and to really study and apply myself,” he said.
His former coach, Kevin Tackett praised him.
“It’s an accomplishment for this fine young man here,” he said. “He earned it. He put in the hard work. He should be an inspiration for others.”