Four Kentucky veterans have been awarded grants from the John Keys Scholarship Fund. Recipients are Maysville Community and Technical College students Tommy D. Littrell of Augusta, and Brian A. Whalen and Brent Penn of Cynthiana. Jefferson Community and Technical College student Billy G. McCarty of Louisville was the fourth recipient. The Scholarship Funds Review Committee met in Louisville, Kentucky in mid-November to review applications received. Each of the winners will receive a $600 scholarship assistance grant.

According to Scholarship Fund Chairman Lt. Colonel (Retd.) Dave Merriss of Highland Heights, Kentucky, Our efforts are directed towards those veterans who face an uphill battle to hold a job and pursue a higher education. The applications we received made it apparent how difficult it can be for a veteran to transition back into civilian society after their service. Although the financial assistance we can provide for their education may not be substantial, we believe that it really does make a difference.

The John Keys Scholarship Fund provides educational assistance grants to honorably discharged U.S. Armed Services veterans who are legal residents of Kentucky and to members of any Kentucky Squadron (local unit) of the Sons of The American Legion. The John Keys Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 and has awarded nearly 50 scholarship grants since 1995. The Fund is a program of the Kentucky Sons of The American Legion, administered by Independence Squadron 275 in northern Kentucky.

The Sons of The American Legion (S.A.L.) is an affiliated organization of The American Legion, established in 1932 and composed of direct male descendants of Legionnaires and direct male descendants of deceased honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Services who served during wartime. The Sons of The American Legion has more than 325,000 members in more than 5,600 local Squadrons in all 50 states and 2 foreign nations.