Governor's Office

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 14, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall or Jodi Whitaker: 502-564-2611
Doug Hogan: 502-564-3419

New program highlights KYTC’s focus on opportunity

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher joined Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and Kentucky State University officials today to present scholarships to the inaugural group of Transportation Cabinet Administrative Scholarship Program recipients.

The scholarship was modeled after the cabinet’s existing civil engineering scholarship program with the University of Kentucky. Students selected for the scholarship program commit one year’s service to the cabinet for each year on scholarship.

“Through this partnership with Kentucky State University, these promising students will be able to reach for new heights of success,” said Governor Fletcher. “This program will allow us to reach out to our best and brightest students, demonstrating the opportunities awaiting them in Kentucky after graduation.”

The 16 students chosen for the inaugural program were introduced during today’s ceremony.

Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert said the program is just one part of his plan to have the Transportation Cabinet meet and exceed its minority hiring goal.

“We’re carefully monitoring short-term improvements, while keeping our focus on the long term objective of significantly better minority hiring levels,” Secretary Nighbert said. “That was our pledge in March, and we remain firm in our commitment.”

Secretary Nighbert expressed his hopes for the program this way: “Once these students have on- the- job experience and get a feel for the opportunities available in the Transportation Cabinet, we trust they will then choose to become career employees.”

Kenyari Moore, a recent graduate of Kentucky State, was hired this summer to coordinate the partnership between the University and the Cabinet.

“This is a great opportunity for students to receive assistance with their studies and to get real-life work experience at the same time,” said Kentucky State University President Mary Evans Sias. “We consider the Transportation Cabinet to be a partner in growing the next generation of leaders. We’re advancing our students from being just students to becoming world class professionals.”

Federal Highway Division Administrator Jose Sepulveda participated in today’s event.

“Congratulations are not only in order for these worthy students, but for the Transportation Cabinet, as well,” Sepulveda said. “They have created a program here which should serve as a model for many across the nation. We will continue to work closely with the cabinet as they implement the various components of their affirmative action plan."

Four of the Transportation Scholars are pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. Undergraduate majors include business, marketing, computer science and accounting.

Starting in 2006, the annual scholarship process will begin in the spring, with applications due by March 1, selections being made in April, and awards made later in the summer.

Spring 2006 Administrative Scholarship Recipients

Latoria Brooks: 21-year-old senior business major and marketing minor from Toledo, Ohio. Latoria is a member of the KSU Marching band as the team captain of the K-Rettes dancing squad.

David Brown: 28-year-old junior business major, with a management and marketing minor from Frankfort, Ky. David is an active member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) as well as a member in Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Nansa Catchings: 21-year-old English education major and marketing minor from Memphis, Tenn.

Ashley Cheeks: 21-year-old senior business major, with a marketing and theatre minor from Chicago.

Leonard Clemons: 22-year-old senior biology major from Chicago. Leonard is involved in various organizations; he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., currently holds the position as the 2005-2006 Student Government Association President and Student Regent on the KSU Board of Regents. Leonard also serves as Vice-Chair on the Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents, as Jr. Vice-President of South Central Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and as Vice Chair, Council of Jr. Vice-Presidents of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Dante Jenkins: 22-year-old junior business major and marketing minor from Cincinnati. Dante is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Curtwand Lowther: 25-year-old masters candidate in the Masters of Public Administration program from Miami. Curtwand is a May 2005 graduate of Kentucky State University; he received his B.A. in Criminal Justice and is former member and captain of the KSU football team.

Devrinn Paul: 20-year-old junior marketing major from Louisville, Ky. Devrinn is a vital asset to the KSU men’s basketball team, serving as the team manager.

Todd Quire: 23-year-old masters candidate in the Masters of Public Administration program from Shelbyville, Ky. Todd is a May 2005 graduate of Kentucky State University; he received his B.A in Political Science and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Tadric Robinson: 21-year-old junior computer science major from Saginaw, Mich. Tadric is the KSU chapter president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Johnny Stevenson: 21-year-old senior accounting major from Indianapolis. Johnny is currently a manager in the Office of Student Life as well as a co-op student at KYTC in the Division of Accounts.

Brian Terrell: 20-year-old junior accounting major from Milwaukee. Brian is a member and team captain on the KSU Track and Cross Country team.

Darren Thompson: 21-year-old sophomore business major and marketing minor from Columbus, Ohio. Darren is currently the president for the Baptist Student Union.

Zaheer Timol: 32-year-old masters candidate in the Masters of Public Administration program from the Republic of Mauritius. Zaheer is a May 2005 graduate of Kentucky State University; he received his B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics.

Davida Travis: 21-year-old senior business major from Paducah, Ky.

Adam Wadda: 24-year-old masters candidate in the Masters of Public Administration program from the Republic of The Gambia. Adam is a May 2004 graduate of Kentucky State University; she received a B.A. in Political Science.