Meers selected as recipient of Robert C. Byrd scholarship

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By The Staff

Joseph “Joey” Meers, son of Carolyn Meers of Bullitt County, has received the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. The scholarship will provide up to $1500 a year toward college expenses for a total of four years.

After an emotionally difficult childhood and adolescence, Meers earned his GED (General Educational Development) credential in the JAG Program with Bullitt County Adult and Community Education in March 2009.

He credits the JAG Program with helping him achieve his GED. “Had it not been for the JAG Program, I wouldn’t have known how to even go about getting my GED,” he said. “They provided a nontraditional learning environment, which encouraged me to try my hardest to reach my goal.”

After completing his GED, he attended the American Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistance Program (C.N.A). He is currently employed in a medical billing office.

Meers intends to enroll at Jefferson Community and Technical College in January and pursue a medical career. His ultimate goal is to be a doctor.

“Work hard and don’t lose sight of your goals, no matter what obstacles you have to face,” advises Meers.

Bullitt County Youth/JAG Program, operated by Bullitt County Adult and Community Education, is a youth One-Stop providing education, career opportunities and job search assistance for Bullitt County youth (ages 16-21).

Funding for the program is provided by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 under the U.S. Department of Labor, through the Ky. Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and is an initiative of KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville’s Workforce Investment Board.

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship program provides scholarships to academically talented high school seniors and GED graduates who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education.

Only five GED graduates are awarded this scholarship from each congressional district. The scholarship provides up to $1500 per year for a total of four years contingent upon federal funding.