Eastern Kentucky University junior Marisa Hempel, a broadcasting and electronic media major from Berea, is one of five students statewide selected to receive the Kentucky Broadcasters Association’s Harry Barfield Scholarship.
The scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process that includes academic achievement, the recommendation of a faculty member, and extracurricular activities. The awards are renewable for a second year provided recipients continue to meet specified criteria.
"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 $245,000 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.