grad cap1 300CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (8/5/19) — The highly successful Martin Scholars program at Madisonville Community College has been renewed for the 2019-2020 academic year with funding announced by the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation. The program is designed to assist adults living in Muhlenberg County who are interested in returning to school to complete a degree. While many adult students qualify for financial aid to cover the cost of tuition, the Martin Scholars program offers cash stipends for returning students which can help with expenses such as books, childcare and transportation costs which may not be covered by a financial aid award.

The Martin Scholars program was established both to assist individual students in achieving their goals and to work toward creating a more highly educated workforce for Muhlenberg County. Industries seeking to relocate and bring jobs to Muhlenberg County carefully study the educational attainment levels of the local workforce. With recent nationwide studies showing that 9 out of 10 newly created jobs are going to college graduates, the skill and educational levels of the local workforce are a key factor in a company’s decision to relocate.

In Muhlenberg County, data shows that only two out of 10 working age adults in Muhlenberg’s workforce hold an associate degree or higher, while more than 4 out of 10 have some college credits, but have not completed a degree. Many of these residents could complete a degree with just a few additional classes, making them more marketable to employers and new industries.

The Martin Scholars program provides support for Muhlenberg adults who were not able to complete a degree when they first started taking college classes. Returning students who are enrolled in the Martin Scholars program will receive a $500 cash stipend each semester and part-time students will receive a $250 stipend as long as they are working toward a degree and maintaining a 2.0 GPA.

Foundation President, Alyssa Manning, commented, “We hear of many adults in the community who would love to complete a degree to gain the skills to move into better jobs and new careers. We also know that the costs can be intimidating. By providing this extra assistance, we hope that those who are interested in going back to school will call MCC to find out how small the real costs and time commitment might be. We believe this program will provide more opportunities for Muhlenberg families, and hope it can help in building a stronger workforce for the County.”

Since the program’s launch in 2012, the Martin Foundation has provided incentive funding to 100 students who decided to seek a better life through higher education, providing over $72,000 in stipends direct to students.

“The college appreciates the support of the Martin Foundation for our adult learners. So many students need just a little financial boost to finish their degree and this program makes that help a reality. A college degree is so important to long-term career opportunities and quality of life. The Martin Scholars program has made a real difference on campus and in the community,” remarked MCC Vice-President Dr. Jay Parrent.

To be a Martin Scholar, students must be a full-time resident of Muhlenberg County, age 25 and older, who have not yet earned a college degree but have successfully completed at least 30 credit hours of regionally accredited college level coursework.

For more information about the program or to enroll for the fall or spring semester, contact Penny Jessup, Academic Advisor, at 270-757-9881 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration is currently on-going for the fall 2019 semester and students have a variety of ways to take courses to meet their academic needs.

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