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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (6/27/13) – On a hot and muggy Tuesday afternoon this week, Robert Martin, Treasurer of Hopkinsville’s Rotary Club wrote another historic check to the Hopkinsville Community College Foundation. While the temperature outside sweltered, the feel in the Memorial Building was equally hot. Martin shared the news with the club that its investment with the HCC Foundation exceeded $1.4 million in value, and this addition, when matched by the KCTCS Endowment Match program would bring the value to over one and one-half million dollars. 

All the income coming from the endowment account goes to pay tuition for the Hopkinsville Rotary Scholars Program, which guarantees post-secondary education that is tuition free for 15 hours every semester, up to four consecutive semesters for all eligible students graduating from any school in Christian County. Fall of 2012 marked the beginning of the first class of Rotary Scholars at HCC, and 105 students took advantage of the ambitious program. Hopkinsville Rotary is very committed to endowing the program to the point of enabling the interest from the investment to pay each semester’s tuition bill. Dr. Pat Lake, interim president of Hopkinsville Community College stated, “The level of dedication to the students of Christian County by the local Rotary Club is extraordinary. I encourage the community to continue to rally around the fund-raising efforts of the Hopkinsville Rotary Club to enable them to achieve their goals of helping every student in the county.”
 
Martin, in making the announcement to the Rotary Club stated that their Board considered where else they could double their investment adding, “If I could find a way to do that with my own money, I would do it.” - highlighting the importance of the KCTCS Endowment Match program. Gifts of $50,000 or more can be eligible for a dollar for dollar match through the program if it meets the match criteria. Hopkinsville Rotary has taken advantage of this program with each of its gifts to the HCC Foundation. Foundation Executive Director Yvette Eastham thanked the Rotary Club for its gift, emphasizing that the local community college is the best option for students seeking post-secondary education. “Because of the generosity of Hopkinsville Rotary, students in our community have the opportunity to start their education debt-free, which is a huge benefit. They can either train and educate for a technical career or be well prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to finish a baccalaureate degree. What Hopkinsville Rotary has done for local students is transformational,” she concluded.
 
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