Celebrate Recovery establishes scholarship

Published 12:00 pm Friday, April 26, 2024

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While Bluegrass Community and Technical College always looks to assist students, Celebrate Recovery similarly is determined to make a positive impact for those in recovery. 

On Monday, April 15th, the two found a way to combine interests. 

At BCTC’s Winchester campus on Rolling Hills Lane, the Celebrate Recovery Scholarship Agreement was signed into effect. 

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“The Winchester community has always been supportive of us,” said Mark Manuel, who serves as vice president of academic and government affairs at BCTC as well as executive director of the BCTC Foundation. 

Also present for the signing were outgoing BCTC Winchester Campus Director Bruce Manley, along with Celebrate Recovery Director JuaNita Everman and Recovery Pastor Dickie Everman. 

As stated in the agreement, the initial principal of the fund referred to as the Celebrate Recovery Scholarship consists of a pledge of $1,000.

The recipient of the Celebrate Recovery Scholarship will be selected by a scholarship committee appointed by the President of Bluegrass Community and Technical College. 

The scholarship award may be used for a multitude of purposes, including tuition, books, fees, materials, tools, or other expenses that go toward enhancing academic excellence. 

Prerequisites for being considered a candidate for the scholarship are that an individual must demonstrate financial need and be a Clark County resident from a pool of candidates recommended by Celebrate Recovery of Calvary Christian Church with an official reference letter. 

JuaNita Everman, who as the former executive director of Achieving Recovery Together has spent many years assisting others in need, stated that the scholarship will be beneficial. 

“We’ve got several [individuals] that have come through [the program] that are wanting to take some classes. They’re…all the future,” she said. “When you get into recovery, your whole mindset changes and you want to do well. You want to take care of your family, and a lot of times they’re in a position where they don’t have the money to do that.” 

Yet, that’s not all. 

The scholarship also states that additional contributions can be made to the fund for the benefit of the recipient. 

“Contributions can be made to the fund by the donor or other individuals, organizations, or businesses.” Manuel added. “We’d like people to give to it!” 

Celebrate Recovery, described as a 12-step Christ-centered [rogram, operates out of Calvary Christian Church on Redwing Drive. 

In additional ways, such as recognizing April as Alcohol Awareness Month, it has continued to support those in recovery. 

For more information, visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CRatCalvaryChristian/.