Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its 15th annual Dr. George
D. Edwards Scholarship Reception on Thursday, October 29 on its Mayo campus.
This year, the college awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships and waivers to 250
Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC, served as the keynote speaker.
We have the finest community and technical college faculty and staff anywhere and
I am extremely proud of their experience, credentials and passion for teaching, learning
and serving, he said.
He encouraged students to be courageous and take the initiative to change things for
Have the courage to stick with a tough job and dont listen to naysayers, he said.
And never limit yourself by past expectations and failures. What matters most is not
how many times you fail, but that you never stop trying.
Dr. Stephenson left students with the following advice: Be loyal to those for whom
you work and your fellow man. Let others take credit. Make a difference in this world
and be a builder. Leave a legacy of hope and faith for those who follow you.
Kaitlyn Campbell, of Prestonsburg, a second-year student in the Honors Program, spoke
of being blessed.
The Honors Program fell into my lap and took care of my expenses, she said.
Campbell, who serves as vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society and secretary
of the Student Government Association, traveled to Ireland earlier this year as part
of a college group. This summer, she plans to travel to Italy.
I just may end up traveling the world, she said, smiling. Her plans are to pursue
a degree in Fine Arts.
Ashley Minix, of Magoffin County, spoke of the struggles of taking care of her parents
and trying to make ends meet. She is the recipient of the Bluegrass for Education
scholarship and is a student in the cosmetology program.
I tell you this not for your sympathy, but to let you know that there are students
here that would not make it without your kindness and generosity, she said.
Minix concluded her remarks with a quote from philosopher Allan Bloom: Education is
the movement from darkness to light.
She concluded: Im Ashley Minix at Big Sandy Community and Technical College following