Brown, a 2009 graduate of Lyon County High School, will attend Rhodes College to major in biology.
“This will greatly help me further my education and achieve my academic and career goals,” she said.
While at Lyon County, Brown was a member of the Beta Club, Young Democrats Club, Pep Club, 4-H, FCCLA, FFA, Champions Against Drugs, History Club, yearbook staff and soccer, track and cheerleading squads.
She is one of only 84 seniors in the state this year to receive a Byrd Scholarship, a federally funded program administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). KHEAA also administers other student aid programs, including the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, where students earn money for college by making good grades in high school.
Brown is the daughter of Curtis and Susan Brown of Eddyville. She is also the granddaughter of John and Bonnie Brown of Princeton.
The Byrd Scholarship is named for longtime U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, who authored the legislation establishing the program in 1985. Kentucky receives enough funding to award scholarships to 84 high school seniors each year, with 14 chosen from each of the state’s six congressional districts. Recipients are chosen by an independent panel, based on academic achievement, community service, school involvement and counselor recommendation.