January 30, 2004
Twelve WHAS11 students presented scholarships totaling almost half a million!
Louisville, KY -- WHAS11 with sponsors Fifth-Third Bank, Bellarmine University, and Wendy's presented scholarships totaling $480,400 to twelve very deserving local students during the 2004 "WHAS11 Great Kids Fulfilling the Dream" scholarship program held Thursday, January 29th at the WHAS11 television studios. Vice President and General Manager Robert Klingle commented during the program; "If anyone has any fears or doubts about the future of our state, our country or even the world, all they have to do is meet these outstanding young people to know that our future is in good hands."
Many of this year's recipients have dealt with life-altering illnesses, drugs in the family and the loss of both parents. Some have taken on causes and are tackling broad base social issues like tobacco, racism, and religious prejudice. Despite the problems they have faced, these teenagers are making a difference in our society and are on their way to becoming productive citizens. Said Klingle; "WHAS11's Great Kids Fulfilling the Dream" is something that we feel recognizes young adults in our community. So often in the news, we don't always see the good that teens do to contribute to society. We want to be able to show them that their hard work and time is valuable and recognized."
Over the past 3 years the "WHAS11 Great Kids Fulfilling the Dream" program has recognized teenagers that have contributed to their schools, churches, families, and communities. They have managed to maintain a high grade point average despite being faced with adversities and obstacles at an early age. Thirty-six students have been presented scholarships totaling $777,680.00.
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