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Teacher Has Two Students Receive Prestigious Scholarship

Posted at 6:29 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 18:29:18-04

LEE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A Lee County school teacher feels like she shot a hole in one, now that two of her students have received a prestigious national scholarship that empowers women on the golf course and in the boardroom.

In the mountains of eastern Kentucky, the Lee County Area Technology Center is educating some great minds. You could say office technology teacher Becky Mullins is on her “A” game. She’s never played a round of golf herself, but since 2016…she’s had two students chosen by former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to receive a prestigious $40,000 scholarship. It’s through the KPMG Future Leaders Program that empowers women on and off the golf course.

Kayla Combs won the scholarship in 2016 and this year, Lee County senior Taylor Roberts is the proud recipient. Neither one played golf, but neither did Condoleeza Rice at first.

“She didn’t realize how important it was until she started seeing that a lot of deals were made on the golf course. So, she thinks it’s important because it’s empowering those skills… so that women can move up the corporate ladder and hold those high paying positions,” explains Mullins.

The girls are selected because of their good grades, community involvement and ability to overcome a personal obstacle.

“I have 3 fingers on this hand. I had surgeries for that. It pushed me to become more outgoing to prove that a disability doesn’t have to disable you,” Taylor Roberts told LEX 18.

Roberts heads to a Summit at Stanford University in July and then on to UK in the fall, continuing to play the game of life just like a scratch golfer with no handicap.