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Three more seniors receive Toyota-backed scholarships

Sophie Agbekpenou   Cesar Mejia   Karen Jordan

Partners for Youth and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. have awarded nine more scholarships for 2021-22, including three for seniors in Fayette County Public Schools. In addition, the Walton Family Foundation matched the Toyota $1,000 awards this year.  

Sophie Agbekpenou of Lafayette High School received the $1,500 A.J. Newcomb Scholarship, which was named for a 2000 winner from Lafayette who died of heart transplant complications soon after graduation. This year’s $1,000 winners were seniors Cesar Mejia of Lafayette and Karen Jordan of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Opportunity Middle College. Partners for Youth recognized all the recipients during a Dec. 8 virtual program. The students can use the money for college, trade school, or technical school, or for textbooks.

To be eligible, the senior must participate in one of the grassroots programs currently supported by Partners for Youth. Thanks to Toyota – a valuable community supporter of Fayette County Public Schools – Partners for Youth has presented 245 scholarships worth over $262,000 since 1998.

Contact: Briana Persley, (859) 280-8003, executive director of Partners for Youth 

(Posted Dec. 14, 2021)