Student Life

Twenty-Seven Named Singletary Scholars

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2009) – Twenty-seven high school seniors were recently named Otis A. Singletary Scholars for Fall 2009 at the University of Kentucky. 

The Singletary Scholarship is the most prestigious four-year scholarship awarded by the University of Kentucky. The scholarship, which is named for former UK President Otis A. Singletary, began in 1985 and covers the full cost of tuition, room and board, and a personal stipend for four years of undergraduate study. The scholarship is valued at approximately $63,000.

The Fall 2009 Singletary Scholars were selected from 535 eligible candidates and include 10 National Merit Finalists, 11 valedictorians, 24 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars, and three Governor’s School for the Arts alumni.

“Once again, our Singletary Scholars program was able to attract some of the most academically talented students in the nation,” said UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr. “Maybe most impressive about this year’s class, however, is the fact that all 27 scholars are from right here in the Commonwealth. I think that speaks to the university’s commitment to keeping our best minds in Kentucky.”

To be eligible, students must score 31 or higher on the American College Test (ACT) or 1360 combined math and critical reading scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.75. The selection committee also considers extracurricular activities, work and volunteer responsibilities, leadership involvement, a written essay and a personal interview.


The recipients of the Singletary Scholarships are (listed in alphabetical order by last names):

Eric Anumba of Ashland. Anumba is a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and is the son of Emeka and Jacquline Anumba of Ashland.

Ifedioranma Anyaegbunam of Lexington. Anyaegbunam is a graduate of Lafayette High School and is the son of Chike and Helen Anyaegbunam of Lexington.

Katie Baskett of Louisville. Baskett is a graduate of DuPont Manual High School and is the daughter of Carol and Tim Burke of Louisville.

Brooke Davies of Hopkinsville. Davies is a graduate of Fort Campbell High School and is the daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Lawrence and Melissa Davies of Hopkinsville.

Ethen J. Ellington of Corinth. Ellington is a graduate of Grant County High School and is the son of Keith and Betsy Ellington.

Bradley Fitzgerald Elliott of Versailles. Elliott is a graduate of Woodford County High School and is the son of Gerald and Melissa Elliott of Versailles.

Abigail Marie Fieldhouse of Louisville. Fieldhouse is a graduate of Assumption High School and is the daughter of Judy and Todd Fieldhouse of Louisville.

Geraldine Xueqin Goh of Wilmore. Goh is a graduate of West Jessamine High School and the daughter of Jeremiah and Evelyn Goh.

McKinley Benjamin Heflin of Livermore. Heflin is a graduate of McLean County High School and the son of Mike and Shelia Heflin.

Hunter Ayer Jagoe of Owensboro. Jagoe is a graduate of Daviess County High School and is the son of Brad and Suzanne Jagoe of Owensboro.

Mary Helen Jennings of Nicholasville. Jennings is a graduate of East Jessamine High School and the daughter of Dr. C. Darrell and Kim L. Jennings of Nicholasville.

Deron Lucas Johnson of Corbin. Johnson is a graduate of Corbin High School and is the son of Dale and Lisa Johnson of Corbin.

Machi Kaneko of Union. Kaneko is a graduate of Larry A. Ryle High School and is the daughter of Ryuji and Mari Kaneko of Union.

Vernon Ray Leach Jr. of Versailles. Leach is a graduate of Woodford County High School and is the son of Vernon and Mary Leach of Versailles.

Shelby Malone of Grayson. Malone is a graduate of Russell High School and is the daughter of Bill and Jennifer Malone of Grayson.

Haden Marrs of Mayfield. Marrs is a graduate of Graves County High School and is the son of Shawn and Laura Marrs of Mayfield.

James M. Rossi of Corbin. Rossi is a graduate of Corbin High School and is the son of Michael and Colleen Rossi of Corbin.

Emma Scott of Louisville. Scott is a graduate of the Christian Academy of Louisville and is the daughter of Rodney Scott and Kimberly Scott.

Alexandria Sehon of Owensboro. Sehon is a graduate of Owensboro Apollo High School and is the daughter of Ruth Joy Sehon and Samuel Nicholas Sehon of Owensboro.

Amit Shanker of Frankfort. Shanker is a graduate of Western Hills High School and is the son of Manoj and Kay Shanker.

Travis Spaulding of Louisville. Spaulding is a graduate of Eastern High School and is the son of Paul and Sue Spaulding.

Travis Stewart of Goshen. Stewart is a graduate of Trinity High School and is the son of Frank and Marybeth Stewart of Goshen.

Katlyn Teager of Morehead. Teager is the a graduate of Rowan County Senior High School and is the daughter of Glen and Anne Teager of Morehead.

Anne Tiu of Henderson. Tiu is a graduate of Henderson County High School and is the daughter of Dr. Jamie and Eve Tiu.

Tyler Toon of Olmstead. Toon is a graduate of Logan County High School and is the son of Roger and Alisa Toon of Olmstead.

Adam Glenn Tucker of Georgetown. Tucker is a graduate of Scott County High School and is the son of Anthony Glenn and Cindy Tucker of Georgetown.

Mary Ellen Wimberly of Richmond. Wimberly is a graduate of Model Laboratory High School and the daughter of Clint A. Wimberly and Linda Carnes Wimberly of Richmond.