Danville and Boyle County high school seniors have been named recipients of the Jack Freeman Scholarship.
Mary Caitlin Rolph of Danville High School and Emily Kristin Pennington of Boyle County High School each will receive a $1,000 scholarship, renewable each year for a total award of at least $4,000.
“On behalf of the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation grants committee, I am very happy to announce the Jack Freeman Scholarship recipients for this year,” said WTCF Grant Committee Chairman Tom Poland. “Both Mary and Emily will prove to be exceptional students going forward who will be able to make a significant difference in their communities during their professional lives. We think Dr. Freeman would be very pleased with the selection of Mary and Emily as recipients of his gift to the foundation.”
Danville High School Principal Ed McKinney said, “Mary’s unwavering devotion to both her academics and her community exemplifies her strong moral fiber and character. Her leadership and organizational skills have been invaluable to school and community programs.”
Named the 12th Region Outstanding Cheerleader, Mary, in addition to achieving significant academic success, has been devoted to cheerleading and has been a volunteer gymnastics instructor at Danville Christian Academy. She will attend University of Louisville to major in chemical engineering with the hope of becoming involved in cancer research. Mary is the daughter of Tony and Melissa Rolph.
Boyle County High School AP Biology teacher Kathy Nutgrass said, “Emily is a conscientious student who has gone above and beyond what is necessary to satisfy my requirements, not to mention those of the college board. She is a problem solver and she finds ways to understand difficult concepts. In addition to her distinguished academic abilities, she possesses outstanding personal qualities; she … is a joy to be around both inside and outside the classroom.”
With 140 hours of volunteer service at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and mission experience in Guatemala, Emily plans to continue with service to others and mission work during her college years. She will attend University of Louisville to major in biology. Emily is the daughter of Chris and Tonya Pennington.
Freeman, Danville High School Class of 1953, created the scholarship through a charitable remainder trust gift to WTCF. Freeman attended the University of Kentucky and played under Coach Bear Bryant on a full football scholarship.
Contributions made during “Jack Freeman Day” in Danville paid for his education at Vanderbilt University Medical School. Freeman was board certified in pathology in 1965 and practiced as owner of Nashville Pathology Associates until his retirement in 1988. Dr. Freeman died of a heart attack at the age of 69 on Dec. 28, 2003, in Nashville.