posted Feb 28, 2015, 8:43 AM by Brian Lockhart

February 27, 2015


The Danville Boyle County Scholarship Foundation Board has made some changes to the application.  I have outlined the changes as well as some criteria that we wanted to make all of the participating schools aware.

PLEASE use the updated DBSF Application that is attached or posted on the DBCF website.

Application Changes

  • The applications are due April 1st (changed from March 15th)
  • There is NO financial data needed
  • Two (2) Appraisal forms have to be received or the application will not be considered
  • Scholarship amount has been increased to $1000
  • A limited amount of scholarships will be awarded

If you as a counselor decide that you are accepting the applications from the students for submission to the DBSF Board, please make sure they are post marked April 1st.

Encourage the applicants to notify their appraisal writers that there is a deadline for receiving the Appraisal form, as well as, to mail them directly to the DBSF Board.

If we do not receive two (2) completed appraisals from a student, we will notify you so that you can follow up with the student.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 859-583-5386 or  I would appreciate it if you would not give my contact information directly to the students.


Lauren Serey

DBSF Scholarship Chair

The Advocate Messenger

posted Jul 30, 2014, 11:27 AM by Brian Lockhart

Danville-Boyle County Scholarship Foundation announces winners

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Danville-Boyle County Scholarship Foundation announces winners

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:02 am


The Danville-Boyle County Scholarship Foundation has awarded 67 scholarships totaling $34,500 for the academic year 2014-2015. Recipients received the monetary awards July 10 at Danville Country Club. Students and parents attended the awards reception. 

The foundation, formerly an affiliate of the Dollars for Scholars Foundation, is comprised of local community volunteers whose sole purpose is to provide local scholarship support. During its 11 years of operation, the foundation has awarded more than $300,000 to 550 students from this area. The foundation also manages the John Arnold Memorial Scholarship, the Benjamin Bright-Moran Memorial Scholarship, and the American Association of University Women Bradley Memorial Scholarship. 

The John Arnold Scholarship went to Kneisha Johnson, a graduate of Danville High School; the Benjamin Bright-Moran Scholarship went to Danielle Mason, a graduate of Boyle County High School; and the AAUW Virginia and Frances Bradley Memorial Scholarship went to Malyssa Hicks, also a graduate of Boyle County High School.

Other scholarship recipients were Taylor Walker-Smith, Jacob Crowell, Bryce Marshall, John Henderson, Benjamin Hunt, Samantha Allen, Leah England, Alivia Harris, Daniel Crall, Lakin Wren, Hannah Robertson, Micayla Kelly, Lauren Richards, Heather Sublett, Alyssa Porter, Benjamin Kendrick, Kaitlyn Jackson, Stephanie Oliver, James Lane, Taylor Stewart, Haley McCowen, Holli Hester, Savannah Hobbs, Kylie Cooper, Ashleigh Koch, Kathryn Combs, Hannah Sims, Nicholas Serey, Whitney Alford, Cierra Hawkins, Miranda Wray, Zachary Tarter, Brendon Ballard, Bailey Carson, Sabrina Hendricks, Makensie Wray, Shayla Smith, Lindsey Dadisman, Shante Glover, Paul Robertson, Joshua Singleton, Ashley Dadisman, Logan Cortis Bailey Fowler, Zachary Wilson, Dazhon Jackson, Mary Hubbard, Frances Lackney, Justice Leavell, Laken Grey, Brianna Walls, Collin Pierson, Kyaira Prewitt, Essence Grey, Asia Burgess, Ace Ray, Kayla Todd, Alyssa Martin, Evan Cole, Cody Boone, Destinee Meeser, Morgan Cooper, Logan Ellis and Anna Morrow.

Many of the scholarships are sponsored by individuals and businesses within Boyle County, and the foundation conducts an annual golf scramble as a fundraiser each year. This year’s golf scramble will be Sept. 8 at Danville Country Club. For more information, contact the foundation at 141 N. Third St., Suite 1, Danville, KY 40422 or at or

John William Hudson Jr.

posted Jan 14, 2013, 2:18 PM by Brian Lockhart

Mr. John Hudson was a crucial part of developing Danville / Boyle County Scholarship. I got to know John through my father John Lockhart who also believed in this scholarship program. Mr. Hudson will be missed but not forgotten thanks to all of his hard work.

Brian Lockhart


John William Hudson Jr., of Danville, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

Born Oct. 26, 1940, in Greeneville, Tenn., he was the son of the late John William and Margorie Cates Hudson. He also was predeceased by his grandparents, Keith Peak and Mary Sherfey Hudson and Arthur Alexander and Lola Burke Cates.  

John attended public schools in Jefferson City, Tenn., and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee where he was a three year letterman on the football team. He went on to play in the Senior Bowl and the Blue-Grey Bowl prior to joining the BC Lions professional football team in Vancouver, British Columbia.

John retired from a career in education, most recently as superintendent of the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville. He also was superintendent of the Central North Carolina School for the Deaf and the South Dakota School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls, S.D. As a teacher and coach he led the Tennessee School for the Deaf to national championships in football and track and field. He also taught at the Louisiana School for the Deaf. After retirement, he served two terms as magistrate on the Boyle County Fiscal Court. 

John was a member, deacon and elder of The Presbyterian Church, past president of the Danville Rotary Club and a past member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. During the Kentucky Bicentennial Celebration in 1992, John was chosen to portray Gov. Isaac Shelby and rode a horse into many Kentucky towns during the celebration. Along with many other civic activities, John was instrumental in the founding of the Dollars for Scholars scholarship program.

John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Charlotte Adams Hudson; a daughter, Bechinger Hudson Martin of Murfreesboro, Tenn; two sons, John William Hudson III (Shelley) and Thomas Wyatt Hudson, both of Nashville; five sisters, Jane Evelyn Hudson, Mary Lola Skeen (David), Lillian Elizabeth Gardner, and Marjorie Keith Helton (Les), all of Jefferson City, Tenn., and Julie Ann Warren of Centreville, Va.; and two granddaughters, Bechinger Taylor Martin and Sydney Charlotte Martin.

The funeral service will be 4 p.m. Saturday at The Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Jim Stewart and the Rev. Tommy Taylor will officiate.  

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday prior to the service. 

A memorial stone will be placed in Rocky Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Flat Gap, Tenn. 

Memorial donations are suggested to the Danville-Boyle County Scholarship Foundation Inc. (formerly known as Dollars For Scholars), 141 N. Third St., Danville, Ky. 40422, or the charity of one’s choice. The online memorial and guestbook is provided at

Report 2012 Annual DFS Golf Event

posted Sep 25, 2012, 9:28 AM by Brian Lockhart

Twenty teams competed at the beautiful Danville Country Club, Monday September 10 at a 9:30 am shotgun start with excellent weather to greet the players. The Club served lunch and when play was completed, the scores of three teams were awarded gift certificate prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.


Third place went to the team of Scott Bischoff, David Todd, Bart Johnson & Darrell Engle, with a net score of 53.37 strokes. Second place went to the team of Ken Garcia, Alex Acosta and Brian Lockhart with a net score of 52.62 strokes. First place went to the team of Jason Hurt, Troy Wheeler, Charlie Hester and Curt Demrow with a net score of 51.75 strokes. Congratulations to the winners.


Special event winners were as follows: Closest to the pin on #2, Leroy Horn. Closest to pin on # 9, Mickey Glover. Straightest drive on #11, Gary Lane. Closest to the pin on #12, Dennis McWilliams. Closest to the pin on #16, Blake Davis.


This annual golf outing, sponsored by The Danville/Boyle County Dollars for Scholars Foundation, raises funds for scholarship support for young people of the community. This year’s event will provide scholarship support in 2013. Corporate sponsors @ $500 were  Danville Office Equipment, Charlotte & John Hudson and Steve & Mimi Becker. Teams sponsored by business or others were Kentucky Trust Co., Selfrefind, McKinney Brown Funeral Home, Preston Pruitt Funeral Home, Hugh Hines III, Equipment Sales & Rentals, United Structural Systems and Bluegrass Team.


Many hole sponsors participated. They were: Ace Hardware, Bowlarama, Bottle Shop, Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Montgomery, Prudential-Geurrant Real Estate (2), Perryville Furniture Outlet, Beto & Bogardus, A 1 Concrete, Tye Financial Group, Webster Orthodontics, Campbell’s Sanitation, Edward Jones-Joe Bunch, Commonwealth Urology, Danville Office Equipment, Hometown Tire, Inter County Energy, Jim-N-I Storage, Kirby's Signs, M& K Asphalt, Northwestern Mutual, Packs Nursery, Sears of Danville, SDS Service, State Farm Ins, Terry Taylor, Clay Stuart, John & Shelley Hudson,  R. R. Donnelley, Jill Wildenberg, Lexington Cut Stone, Sheene Electric, Logan Company, Coldwell-Banker VIP Realty, Rich Ketelhohn, Papa John's, Bluegrass Biomedical, Kentucky Trust Co., Major's Floor Covering, Campbell's HVAC, Barber Cabinet Co., Ayres Custom Homes and Wilcher’s Porter Paints.


Additionally, Burke’s Bakery, Barb Lockhart, Jordan’s Wallcovering & Framing, Maple Tree Gallery, Frame Cellar, Farmers National Bank, Centre College Athletics, Danville Office Equipment, Baskin-Robbins, Inter County Energy, Troy Pence, Louisville Slugger Co. and others provided food and items for prizes.


The Danville/Boyle County Dollars for Scholars Foundation Board of Directors, Ted Baker, Steve Becker, Jim Sullivan, Evelyn G. Page, Nellie McKnight, John Hudson, Barbara Lockhart, Bill Owens, Lauren Serey, Bill Shaver and Tom Tye, wish to thank all who participated and contributed to this year’s event.

Foundation has awarded $170K in scholarships in seven years

posted Jul 27, 2012, 11:20 AM by Brian Lockhart

John Lockhart, a member of the board of directors of Danville-Boyle County Dollars for Scholars, stands next to the fifth hole on the golf course at the Danville Country Club, the site of the Sept. 13 Dollars for Scholars Golf Scamble. (Herb Brock photo)
John Lockhart, a member of the board of directors of Danville-Boyle County Dollars for Scholars, stands next to the fifth hole on the golf course at the Danville Country Club, the site of the Sept. 13 Dollars for Scholars Golf Scamble. (Herb Brock photo)

Several years ago Danvillians Johh Hudson and John Lockhart shared a vision about starting a scholarship program for local high school students. All they needed was some money to make it a reality.

“Basically, we started out begging for money,” said Lockhart with a laugh.

The begging paid off.

Since its formation in 2003, the Danville-Boyle County Dollars for Scholars Foundation has awarded from funds it has raised from businesses, organizations and individuals some $170,000 in scholarships to hundreds of local high school students. The most recent awards, given out in July, totaled $35,000 in 65 scholarships.

“When we started this, there obviously were a lot of scholarship programs already in existence,” said Lockhart, a 1963 Junction City High School graduate who went on to become a UPS executive. “The kind of student we wanted to focus on, though, weren’t necessarily the National Merit Scholar but were basically good students and good kids involved in extracurricular activities who could use a little extra help in their post-high school educations.”

Lockhart said he and Hudson and others wanted a scholarship program that “promotes education as almost the answer to everything” for deserving students pursuing an education as the answer to their individual situations.

“We wanted to get the kids of the knobs and off the streets and keep them in the classroom after high school,” he said.

Hudson agreed with Lockhart’s view of the kind of scholarship program they were looking at starting.

“We wanted to reward average kids who were doing above average work in the classroom and also participating in activites outside the classroom,” said the former superintendent of Kentucky School for the Deaf.

Hudson and Lockhart contacted education, business and community leaders, and they found considerable interest in their idea for a scholarship program. With the help of attorneys for local school boards, the two men and others involved in the project formed the Dollars for Scholars foundation.

“We affiliated ourselves with the national Dollars for Scholars program, but we operate on an entirely local basis,” said Hudson.

In addition to Hudson and Lockhart, the local board includes Ted Baker, Steve Becker, Valery McMann, Evelyn G. Page, Laura Hoffman, Michael Spears, Nellie McKnight, Bill Owens, Lauren Serey, Bill Shaver, Jim Sullivan and Tom Tye.

“Our membership represents a good cross-section of local educators, businesspeople and community leaders,” Lockhart said.

Donations are sought from local businesses and individuals, but the biggest single fundraiser is an annual golf scramble at the Danville Country Club. This year’s event is Sept. 13.

“Every cent of what we raise at the scramble and what we receive through donations goes directly into the scholarships,” said Lockhart. “Any so-called administrative costs and other expenses are paid out of the pockets of board members and other supporters of the foundation.”

Students who are residents of Boyle County and who attend Danville High School, Boyle County High School, Danville Christian Academy or Kentucky School for the Deaf may apply for a Dollars for Scholars scholarship, Lockhart said.

“A team reviews each application, and generally what they are looking for are kids who pass their classes and do well in as many as possible, mind their teachers and administrators and participate in extracurricular activities ,” he said.

The team isn’t looking just for students who are going to college, said Lockhart.

“The scholarship can be applied to four-year college expenses, sure, but it also can be used at a two-year college or a technical school of one kind or another,” he said. “Education and the careers they help young people enter comes in many forms, not just at a four-year college.”

Lochart cited one former Dollars for Scholars student who used his scholarship to help finance an education in diesel engine work.

“He now has a productive and successful career in the field he studied for with the help of the scholarship,” he said.

That former scholarship recipient and several others have communicated their thanks to the Dollars for Scholars board, including a young woman who went onto statewide celebrity, Lockhart said.

“We received a very nice thank you from Maria Montgomery,” he said, referring to the former Miss Kentucky.

2010 scholarship


The Danville-Boyle County Dollars for Scholars Foundation recently awarded 65 scholarships worth a total $35,000 to local high school students. In addition, three special scholarships from foundations that work in association with Dollars for Scholars Foundation also were awarded. The scholarships were announced at a ceremony on July 15.

n John Arnold Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Bethany Schultz, Madeline Meckes, Alexandria Payne and Sarah Vonderbrink.

n The Benjamin Bright Moran Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Hannah Staub.

n The American Association of University Women Scholarship was awarded to Sabrina Evans.

n Dollars for Scholars scholarships were awarded to Tucker Arnett, Michael Barker, Phillip Barsoti, Elizabeth Brooks, Marissa Brown, Ashley Campbell, Elizabeth Campbell, Jessica Conatser, John Coulter, Emily Donlon, Brandon Dreager, Chenda Duong, Andrea Dyehouse;

Matthew Greenleaf, Courtney Hall, Thomasina Hamilton, Alexandra Hawkins, Josh Henderson, Blake Hendricks, Brooke Johnson, Abby Kerbaugh, Erica Knight, Brooke Lange, Timothy Lizer, Rees McShara, Troy McCowan, Shane McKenney, Kellie McMurtry, Anna Meurer, Josh Miller, James Mohan, Aubrey Mojesky;

Asia Nealy, Jacob Nichols, Kristian Paynter, Amanda Peavyhouse, Arielle Perkins, Macy Pike, Benjamin ray, Phillip Reed, Rebecca Rose, Katherine Russell, Jacob Salley, Taylor Satterly, Emily Sheene, Benjamin Sort, April Singleton, Christina Stallman, Kayla Steber, Katherine Strey, Candice Taylor, Spencer Taylor, Bethany Underwood, Jessica Walker, Leslie Walker, Jessica Watts, Emily Wesley, Kathleen Wray and Nicholas Wren.

Golf scramble on Sept. 13

What: Danville-Boyle County Dollars for Scholars Foundation 2010 Benefit Golf Scamble

When: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 (coffee and donuts provided prior to “shotgun start” and lunch provided at noon)n Where: Danville Country Club

How much: $75 entry fee per person; $100 per hole sponsorship; $500 per corporate sponsorship

How to register: Make check payabe to the Dollars for Scholars Foundation and mail to 314 W. Main St., Danville, Ky. 40422

For more information: call John Hudson at (859) 236-8827


The Danville-Boyle County Dollars for Scholars Foundation, a non-profit organization formed seven years ago, annually awards scholarship to Boyle County residents who are students at Boyle and Danville High Schools and the high school programs at the Danville Christian Academy and the Kentucky School for the Deaf. For more information about the foundation, call John Hudson at (859) 236-8827 or John Lockhart at (859) 621-6588, write the foundation at 314 W. Main St., Danville, Ky. 40422, or visit

August 24, 2010|By HERB BROCK |

New program offers more opportunities for scholarship donors, recipients

posted Jul 27, 2012, 11:15 AM by Brian Lockhart

New program offers more opportunities for scholarship donors, recipients

Staff Writer

Scholarships often do more than provide money. They also can tell stories.

Take the story told by a scholarship established under the auspices of Dollars for Scholars, a new local “clearinghouse” for scholarships. It’s the tale of the short but inspirational life of John C. Arnold.

Arnold was about as active as any member of the Danville High School Class of 1986.

“He played soccer, ran cross country, was in the band and acted in plays, and also held his own in the classroom,” said his sister Mimi Arnold Becker of Danville. “He was just a well-rounded high school student and all-around good kid.”

And he also was a young man with a very serious asthma condition – one that took his life less than a year after he had graduated from DHS.

“He went on to (the University of Kentucky) and was doing OK in school. He didn’t participate in a lot of activities like he had in high school, instead focusing his attention and energy on his classes,” said Becker, adding that her brother carried a small oxygen tank in a flight bag at all times.”

In March 1987, Arnold was heading home from Lexington to Danville when his breathing became labored, he had to pull off onto the side of the road. After years of bravely battling the asthma, the disease finally had taken it’s toll. Arnold died in the car before rescue personnel could get to him.

But Arnold came back to life, in a sense, on Saturday night on the stage of Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College. The occasion was the commencement of DHS Class of 2003 and, during the ceremony, one of the graduates, Mitch Massaro, was given a scholarship memorializing the ’86 DHS grad – the first John C. Arnold Memorial Scholarship, established and endowed by Mimi Arnold Becker and the rest of the Arnold family.

The ceremony was doubly special but was also bittersweet for the Becker and Arnold families. Not long after the Arnold scholarship was awarded, his nephew, Paul Becker, who is the son of Mimi and Steve Becker, received his diploma. Just before the graduation, however, Becker’s father, Paul Arnold, the patriarch of the family, died.

“How wonderful it was to see my brother and my son honored at the same ceremony. It was an occasion we will always remember and cherish,” Mimi Becker said. “It also helped ease the pain of losing Dad.”

Under rules for the scholarship, Massaro will receive a total of $4,000 for four years as long as he remains in good standing at the college he will be attending. He will receive $1,000 a year; it is renewable on a year-to-year basis for four years.

The committee that oversees the awarding of the Arnold scholarship is comprised of John Arnold’s former music teacher, Alice Clarke; his former soccer coach, Gary Reynolds; and DHS counselor David McAfee.

The Arnold scholarship is the first scholarship awarded through the Dollars for Scholars program. According to its founders, Dollars for Scholars is a new and different kind of scholarship program for Boyle County donors and recipients.

The wide array of post-secondary scholarships are offered local high school graduates, including those awarded by the colleges they will be attending, those given by various social-service clubs and those memorial scholarships awarded during graduation ceremonies.

An example of a recently-established scholarship similar to the Arnold scholarship is one set up a couple of years ago in the honor of the late philanthropist Lottie Ellis. Under the Hudson-Ellis Scholarship Fund, which is overseen by the Bluegrass Community Foundation in Lexington, one local male and one local female high school graduate receives a $4,000 scholarship that is renewable annually.

A more wide-ranging umbrella-like scholarship program that is virtually the same as Dollars for Scholars was established last year in Lincoln County and already “hundreds of thousands of dollars” have been donated to scholarship set up under the program’s auspices, said Dollars for Scholar president, Bill Erwin.

The Lincoln program “essentially is what ours will be like” in that it is of, by, and for local people and will offer or serve as a conduit for a number of different scholarships, Erwin said. The Hudson-Ellis program is different in that it offers a single scholarship with specific rules for two students a year and, while decisions on award winners are made by a committee of local people, it is overseen by a Lexington organization, he said.

“Dollars for Scholars is a program that is founded and funded by local people, overseen and managed by local people and for local students, “ Erwin said. “It’s a grassroots program that offers local people to give tax-deductible gifts at the local level.”

Dollars for Scholars offers more opportunities for both donors and recipients, he said.

“Donors can donate to existing scholarships or help establish, endow and design new ones or simply give their money without designating where or for whom it goes,” Erwin said. “Scholarships can be general and offered to students at local high schools or they can be very specific, given to a certain school based on field of study, extracurricular activity or economic condition. They will be students going to technical or trade schools as well as college.

“Some scholarships will be based on academic merit, others will not. Some scholarships will be based on economic need, others will not. They can be for average students who do not have college potential. They can be for students who may have the wherewithal to pay for college but deserve to be awarded a scholarship based on their superior academic performance.”

Erwin noted that there are several scholarships available to local students but many of them “go to the same students.”

“A lot of the criteria for many of the scholarships are the same or similar and that means many of them go to a handful of students,“ he said. “The goal of our program is to serve as a local clearinghouse for scholarships and to help develop a number of different kinds of scholarships.

“We want to create the situation where just about any local high school graduate can go to a college or a trade school or any other post-secondary education program that wants to.”

A single application process will be developed whereby students seeking or being nominated for scholarships may have their names put on a list and then be considered for several scholarships at the same time, said Erwin.

Dollars for Scholars, whose vice president is former Kentucky School for the Deaf superintendent John Hudson, has three boards – publicity and marketing, headed by Jenny Watkins of the Idea Farm; fund-raising, headed by former Pikeville College President Bill Owens; and awards. Also involved in the program are the counselors at the local high schools and Danville school board member Steve Becker, Mimi’s husband and Paul’s father, and Preston Miles of the Boyle County school board.

A big role is being played by local banker Greg Caudill, who is in charge of fund-raising. Erwin noted that already $1,000 has been raised, and several fund-raisers are being planned.

But the program’s first product – the John C. Arnold scholarship – was entirely funded by the late DHS grad’s family. While Erwin hopes many other local people use Dollars for Scholars to create similar scholarships, he doubts there will be one that can match the Arnold scholarship for its emotional impact.

“The (Arnold scholarship) is about a young man who was seriously hampered by a disease but made the most of the short life he was given,” he said. “Thanks to the Arnold family, John Arnold’s inspirational life will live on every year for years to come.”

Copyright The Advocate-Messenger 2003

Blackout leaves Danville couple stranded in New York

posted Jul 27, 2012, 11:14 AM by Brian Lockhart


Blackout leaves Danville couple stranded in New York

Staff Writer

Bill and Julie Erwin expected their visit to Ground Zero in Manhattan to be quiet and reverential.

They didn't expect the entire city to come to a standstill while they were in the church on the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
The Danville couple were stranded in New York City during the recent blackout that left much of the northeast section of the country without power, shutting down airports, food services, phones - and even subways and taxis.

"We had to walk back to the hotel - almost five miles - from Ground Zero because the subways weren't moving, and all the traffic was stopped because the signals were out," said Julie Erwin.

The Erwins arrived in New York Wednesday, Aug. 13, to receive a BRAVO award from the Hanes Bright Idea Board, recognizing outstanding parents for their commitment to their families and communities. Bill and Julie Erwin are the parents of four adopted children - Will, 6; Kate, 4; and twins Clay and Nick, 2 - and Jill Erwin operates Adoption Assistance, Inc., a Danville agency to help place children with parents who wish to adopt. Bill is an attorney in Danville.
"The awards ceremony was Thursday morning, and it went off without a hitch," said Bill Erwin. "We were able to meet Vanessa Williams (former Miss America who serves as a spokesperson for Hanes), and the ceremony was really nice."

The Erwins had sightseeing planned for Thursday afternoon and a Broadway show that night, with plans to fly back home Friday morning.

Then the lights went out

Then the lights literally went out on their trip.

"The blackout hit at 4:10 Thursday afternoon while we were inside the little church at Ground Zero," said Bill Erwin. "We came out of the church, and it was so quiet outside, totally unlike New York. Traffic wasn't moving, all the lights were off, and everyone was just standing around, talking in low voices."

They were discussing, Bill Erwin said, whether or not the power failure was the result of another terrorist attack on New York.

"Of course, that's what everyone worried about," he said. "Law enforcement officials kept telling everyone it wasn't, but still, it was in the back of everyone's minds."
The Erwins walked back to their hotel in midtown Manhattan to find the blackout extended there as well.

"Our hotel had emergency lights from a generator, but they were only in the hallways," said Julie Erwin. "There was no TV, no Internet hookup, and the phones were out. Cell phones were working, but it took hours to place a call because the circuits were overloaded."

There was also no air conditioning, so the Erwins and some other hotel guests spent the night in a boardroom.

"We found one pizza place that had hot pizza, so we did eat that night," said Bill Erwin. "We walked to Times Square, and it was completely dark. It was one of the eeriest things I've ever seen."

Broadway was closed as well, negating the visit to the musical.

"We consoled ourselves by saying we could stand in Manhattan and see the stars in the sky," said Julie Erwin. "That's something that doesn't happen often."

In the meantime, the couple found they would be staying in New York an extra night, because airports were shut down.

"We had to make arrangements for baby-sitters back here in Danville, but the family stepped up and helped out," said Bill Erwin. "Sara Lee, the parent company for Hanes, took care of all our expenses, even making travel arrangements when they could. They hired a limousine to drive one couple to Boston."

Bill Erwin also had to make some calls to the Boyle County court system.

"I was supposed to be in court Friday, but obviously that couldn't happen," he said.

Friday was a different day

Friday was a different day in the northeast because of the lack of electricity.

"There were no rental cars available, and even if you could get one, the gas stations were closed because the pumps are electric," said Julie Erwin. "The subways didn't work, and taxis weren't running because they couldn't get gasoline either. There were some people on the bus, but that was so crowded we didn't want to do that."

Parts of the city regained power through the day Friday, so one "touristy" thing the Erwins wanted to do happened.

"We got to see a Broadway show Friday night," said Bill Erwin. "It wasn't the one we were originally scheduled to see, but we were just happy to be able to go."

Finally on Saturday, the Erwins were able to fly from New York to Columbus, Ohio, where they rented a car and drove the rest of the way home to Danville.

"We were very, very glad to get home," said Julie Erwin. "We didn't want to go to Columbus, but it was the closest we could get so we took it."

Hanes called Julie Erwin Thursday and said that due to the trouble they had with the blackout, the company will donate $1,000 per family to a non-profit agency of its choice. "Bill and I have requested that the $1,000 donation be made to the Dollars for Scholars program," said Julie Erwin.

All in all, Bill Erwin said the trip wasn't that bad.

"We had food, we had a place to sleep, and Sara Lee paid for everything," he said. "Now that we're home, we can laugh about it and have a good story to tell."

Copyright The Advocate-Messenger 2003

Dollars for Scholars raises $4,000

posted Jul 27, 2012, 11:13 AM by Brian Lockhart


Dollars for Scholars raises $4,000

The Danville/Boyle County Dollars for Scholars Foundation, a local non-profit scholarship foundation dedicated to providing the opportunity of post-secondary education to the students of Boyle County, held a raffle for a 1983 Volvo station wagon. Eighty tickets were sold over the course of several months at area events including high school football games and Centre’s homecoming celebration.

The winning ticket was drawn live on Hometown Radio’s WHIR with Charlie Perry. The winner, Gilmore Dutton, is an attorney in Shelbyville and a 1983 graduate of Centre College. He purchased his ticket in October at the Centre Homecoming football game.

Dollars for Scholars is a new organization in Boyle County, with its first board meeting in March 2003, affiliated with a national organization that has ties to 450 collegiate partners. There are only two other local chapters in Kentucky – in Louisville and Lincoln County.

The Danville/Boyle County chapter plans to award at least ten $1,000 scholarships in May 2004 to local high school seniors going on to higher education. Contact Bill Owens at (859) 236-6705 to learn more about Dollars for Scholars.

Copyright The Advocate-Messenger 2004

Arnold scholarship 'means a lot' to Hoover

posted Jul 27, 2012, 11:13 AM by Brian Lockhart

Arnold scholarship 'means a lot' to Hoover

Staff Writer

Adam Hoover is the 2004 recipient of the John C. Arnold Memorial Scholarship.
To Adam Hoover, receiving the John C. Arnold Memorial Scholarship "means a lot." To his mother, it means even more.

Hoover, son of Tom and Lynn Taylor Tye and Kerry Hoover, all of Danville, graduated in May from Danville High School and was ranked as one of the top three students in the DHS class of 2004. For his outstanding academic record and involvement in numerous extracurricular activities, he recently was awarded the $1,000 memorial scholarship from the Danville/Boyle County Dollars for Scholars Foundation.

Hoover, who will be attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in the fall, is the second recipient of the Arnold memorial award; Mitch Massaro, a member of the 2003 DHS graduating class, was the first. Massaro's scholarship was renewed for his second year in college. Hoover, Massaro and the winners of 17, $500 Dollars for Scholars scholarships were honored at a ceremony Wednesday night at the Toy Box Deli.

Hoover was both honored and humbled at receiving the Arnold award, named for a 1986 DHS graduate who died of an illness a year later.

"It's quite an honor to receive this scholarship, and it means a lot knowing the kind of person that John Arnold was," said Hoover. "I had heard but didn't know that much about him until I got the scholarship. Since then I have learned a lot about him and his life and found out he was an outstanding person."

The person who provided most of Hoover's education on the subject was Hoover's mother. Tye attended Danville High School with Arnold's brother, Paul Arnold, and sister, Mimi Arnold Becker.

"I was in the same class as Paul, and Mimi and I were in the band together," said Tye. "I've been a close friend of the Arnold and Becker families for years - close enough to feel the hurt they all suffered when John died," said Tye.

John Arnold was about as active a student as any in his class at DHS. In addition to performing well in the classroom, he played soccer, ran cross country and was a member of the marching band.

"He was just a well-rounded high school student and all-around good kid," said Mimi Arnold Becker.

Asthma took his life

Arnold also was a young man with a very serious asthma condition - a condition that took his life less than a year after he graduated from DHS.

Following graduation, Arnold went on to attend the University of Kentucky. He made decent marks in his classes but decided not to participate in extracurricular activities. He carried a small oxygen tank in a flight bag at all times, and wanted to conserve all of his energy for academics, according to Becker.

In March 1987, during the second semester of his freshman year at UK, Arnold was heading from Lexington to his home in Danville when his breathing became labored. He pulled over to one side of the road. He died in the car before rescue personnel could reach him.
The story of Arnold's woefully short but bravely productive life will serve as an inspiration to Hoover.

"He made the most of his life and did it while battling a serious illness," said Hoover, who also played soccer at DHS as well as being a member of the school's forensics and academic teams and active in the National Honor Society. "He's quite a role model." And thanks to his mother, Hoover now knows the man behind the model.
"When Adam found out he had won the scholarship, he was really honored, and I was incredibly moved," said Tye. "I was glad to be able to share with Adam the inspirational story of John's all-too-short life. I believe the scholarship means something very special to him now. I know it means a lot to me."

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Dollars for Scholars awards 19 scholarships

posted Jul 27, 2012, 11:11 AM by Brian Lockhart   [ updated Jul 27, 2012, 11:12 AM ]


Dollars for Scholars awards 19 scholarships

Staff Writer

As home to two well-regarded public school systems, the state's school for the deaf and nationally-renowned Centre College, Danville has long touted its reputation as a community that cares about education. A rapidly-growing scholarship program is providing more evidence to support that claim.

A year ago the Danville-Boyle County Dollars for Scholars Foundation awarded a single $1,000 scholarship. On Wednesday night the organization formally presented 19 scholarships valued at $10,500, including 17 $500 awards and two $1,000 scholarships.
At a ceremony at the Toy Box Deli, the foundation honored 17 2004 graduates of Danville and Boyle County high schools who are winners of $500 scholarships and one Danville '04 graduate, Adam Hoover, with the $1,000 John Arnold Memorial Scholarship. The foundation also renewed the $1,000 scholarship of 2003 John C. Arnold Memorial Scholarship winner Mitch Massaro, an '03 Danville graduate who received the organization's first-ever award.

"We have been extremely pleased with the community support we have received since we began the foundation," said William R. Erwin, a Danville attorney who serves as president of the foundation. "We're delighted to give these 19 young people a little help toward their post-secondary educations."

Erwin also is delighted with the remarkable growth of the foundation since its inception just a little over a year ago.

"To think that we held our first board meeting in April 2003 and were able just a few months later to award our first scholarship, the John Arnold Memorial for $1,000, is incredible," he said.

"This is a great reflection of the importance that this community places in education. It's one thing to say education is important; it's another to underwrite that importance," he said.

Erwin acknowledged there are numerous post-secondary scholarship programs that "provide invaluable assistance to local high school graduates wanting to go to college and other post-secondary schools," including the Lottie Ellis scholarship fund, which is similar to Dollars for Scholars. But he said Dollars for Scholars is unique.

"Dollars for Scholars is totally a grassroots program founded and funded by local people, managed and overseen by local people, and set up for local students," he said.

The foundation plans to reach the point where it will be able to offer a smorgasbord of its own scholarships and also serve as a clearinghouse for other local scholarship programs. He said scholarships can be custom-made with donors establishing, endowing and designing awards for specific kinds of students or they can be general in nature and funded by undesignated donations.

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