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Twelve first-year graduate students in Eastern Kentucky University’s communication disorders program recently received scholarships from Scottish Rite.

The organization awarded each student a $4,000 scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. Since 2006, Scottish Rite has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to first-year graduate students in communication disorders at EKU.

This year’s recipients are: Olivia Albertson, Bardstown, Kentucky; Courtney Bruce, Central City, Kentucky; Morgan Cummings, Salt Rock, West Virginia; Lindsay Descoteaux, Irvine, Kentucky; James Blake Fraley, Lexington, Kentucky; Sarah Jones, Pineville, Kentucky; Kelsey King, Stanton, Kentucky; Hannah Logan, Corbin, Kentucky; Chelsey Lynn, Liberty, Kentucky; Amanda Murphy, Pewee Valley, Kentucky; Dakota Reese, LaFollette, Tennessee; and Andrew Worley, London, Kentucky..

The scholarships are designed to support the students as they prepare to work professionally with children and adults with speech, language and swallowing disorders.

“The Scottish Rite scholarships have allowed our students to focus on their academics while reducing the financial burden and the stress from dealing with limited income,” said Dr. Charlotte Hubbard, professor emeritus and former program director.

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