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Jenkins, Miller recipients of KBA’s Harry Barfield Scholarship

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) has announced the recipients of its 26th annual Harry Barfield Scholarship awards program.

Morehead State University’s Charles “Chas” Jenkins and Jacob Miller were among five recipients that will receive $2,500 scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

Jenkins, a sophomore, is the son of Genny and Greg Jenkins of Morehead. Miller, a senior, is the son of Mike and Lori Miller of Covington.

Other winners included: Ambriehl Crutchfield of Western Kentucky University; Sam Gormley of Western Kentucky University; and Brady Trapnell of the University of Kentucky.

The scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process, which includes academic achievement, the recommendation of a faculty member, and extracurricular activities. The awards are renewable for a second year of undergraduate study provided recipients continue to meet specified criteria.

Three students who received the KBA Barfield Scholarship in 2016-17 have had their awards, also valued at $2,500, renewed for the 2017-18 academic year: Gil Brummett of Northern Kentucky University, Kalee Chism of WKU, and Ethan Fedele of UK.

Two other recipients from last year, Marcus Browning of WKU and Marisa Hempel of Eastern Kentucky University graduated this spring.

"The KBA is proud to be able to help these talented students pursue their higher education," said Henry Lackey, president and CEO of KBA. "This year's total of $20,000 in scholarship awards means the KBA now has awarded a total of $265,000 in scholarships since the inception of the program in the 1992-93 academic year. Many of these recipients have gone on to successful careers in broadcasting and other related communications fields."

The program is named in honor of Harry Barfield, the late president and chairman of WLEX-TV in Lexington.

Carl Nathe, a longtime KBA associate member, administers the program.

Pictured above, left to right, are scholarship winners Jacob Miller and Charles "Chas" Jenkins.