Bradleyville High School seniors know they will get at least one scholarship each year if they decide to attend college or an accredited trade school.
Twenty-one years ago the community initiated the Scholarship Walk/Run, a one-mile walk and 5k run for the school and has since awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to graduates. Each graduate receives a $1,000 scholarship for each year he or she remains in school.
The twenty-first event will take place at 9 a.m. this Saturday (May 7) on Brownbranch Hill above Beaver Canoe Rental, six miles east of Bradleyville just off Highway 76. The physical address is 554 Campbell Ranch Road, Ava.
The event has encouraged young people to continue their education after high school. The generous support of friends of the school, businesses and those who just appreciate seeing young people blossom through more education has helped this event take on a life of its own. Now, hundreds show up every year to toe the line on the first Saturday in May.
The 5k run and one-mile walk begins at the Southern Construction Shop at 9 a.m. Hundreds of walkers and runners ranging from kindergarten to college age and older will participate with some of the faster ones competing for cash prizes – $500 each to the overall 5k female and male winners, $250 for second and $125 for third. The over-40 group will win $250 for first, $125 for second and $65 for third.
Generous donors have provided more than $400,000 over the years to help Bradleyville kids, and the number going to college has increased markedly.
KY3 sportscaster Ned Reynolds will emcee the race and award checks, trophies and ribbons. The Lennon Brothers and Gail will sing the National Anthem and participate in the event. Free soft drinks, bottled water and hot dogs will be served.
Dot and Leon Combs invite everyone to their home on the Beaver Creek Elk & Cattle Ranch for dessert, coffee and soft drinks after the event.
Participants may register in advance at runsignup.com/bradleyville or be at the site no later than 8:30 a.m. Saturday. For more information call the school at 417-796-2288.