Meet Our Scholars
Hello, My Name is Noah Baker and I enjoy playing music on my saxophone. As a Kloepfer Scholar, I have learned that college isn’t just fun and games and involves difference in the world for the greater good of mankind. Since being selected as a Kloepfer Scholar, I have learned about the University Of Kentucky College Of Engineering and looking forward to living on campus in the new dorms. My most memorable moment has been visiting Boston and going to a Boston Red Sox game.
Hello, My Name is McKenzie Bell and I enjoy writing. As a Kloepfer Scholar, I have learned that preparing for college starts a lot earlier than your senior year. My favorite subjects are social studies and math. My career choice is in the area of graphic design. I think I would like to teach in college and be a professor of graphic design. I am excited about being a student at the University of Kentucky and getting to see everything UK has to offer. My most memorable time as a Kloepfer Scholar has been visiting campus and walking around seeing all of the buildings and classrooms.
I’m Tesha Bowling. I am an 11-year-old 6th grader who attends Mountain View Elementary in Hyden, Kentucky. My favorite subjects in school are reading, writing, social studies, and science. In school, I most enjoy hanging out with friends. But, when I am out of school for the weekend or summer break, I enjoy 4-wheeler riding with friends and family and swimming. I also enjoy crafting in my free time. For example, I made a horse out of pipe cleaners for my friend, Audrey, last Christmas. I also love riding and caring for horses as well. Singing and dancing are one of my favorite things to do too. My favorite types of songs are dance and country. Along with the occasional rap and hip hop.
When I grow up and become an adult, I want to be a veterinarian. I have been wanting to be a vet since I was 4 years old. The main reason that I wanted to become a vet is that I love all animals and think it is wrong for them to suffer without a chance to heal and be healthy again. And because of that, I and Audrey decided that we were going to open a veterinary office that helps both domestic and wild animals. I currently own a mini potbelly pig and a dog. I also have had 10 species of pets, (dogs, a pig, a duck, chickens, horses, hamsters, rabbits, goldfish, a bird, and a cat). It’s a lot of fun to take care of non-traditional pets.
Hello, My Name is Dylan Caldwell and I enjoy helping people and coming up with new concepts on how to use technology. As a Kloepfer Scholar, I have enjoyed visiting other states and seeing all of the diversity. My favorite subjects are science and social studies. My career interest is in the area of Biotechnology or bioengineering. Since being selected as the first Kloepfer Scholar, I have learned there are many career options available in this area including biomedical engineering, biomanufacturing, and I am looking forward to my college career.
My name is Chelsea Collett and I am a student at W.B. Muncy Elementary. I have one brother named Preston who is 4 years old and a half sister named Lexi who is 17 years old. I love softball, pageants, and being outdoors. I play catcher on our softball team. I am also on the academic team. I have been on this academic team for 2 years now, and I enjoy learning new things when competing against other schools. When I get older I have two different careers that I want to pursue, and these two choices are either a fashion designer or an artist. I love fashion, love being creative, and love designing things. On the other hand, art is a big part of my life. I love it because you can express yourself with art pieces from being happy, sad, excited, or angry. Art can tell a story about ones life just by expressing yourself in a simple piece, and by doing that you can relate to someone else who is going through the same emotions or challenges in your life at the moment. I am very thankful that I am a Kloepfer Family Scholar winner. Winning this at this early of an age has taken a big weight off of my shoulders knowing that I am able to pursue any career that I want in life. Being only 11 years old I already know that if you push yourself to your dreams you will succeed.
This scholarship is giving me access to opportunities that I never thought possible — allowing me to pursue my education as a creative writer. The program makes educational travel possible and I think this is amazing.
My name is Madelyn Hays but people call me Maddie. I feel so blessed that I was chosen to be accepted into this wonderful program. I already feel like part of the Kloepfer family. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a U.K. Wildcat. I enjoy reading, singing and writing songs. I also enjoy Broadway musicals such as Hamilton, In The Heights, Hairspray and Wicked. I am interested in getting a career in criminal justice with a minor in drama and theater. I hope to pursue a career as a lawyer because people say that I’m great at arguing. I would also like to pursue a career in acting and music. I look forward to my journey with the Kloepfer scholars and foundation! I can’t thank Mr. Kloepfer enough for this wonderful opportunity.
My name is Jaegan Howard and I’m very excited to get the news that I have been awarded the Kloepfer Family Scholarship. I love writing and I am excited to explore the academic opportunities I will have with this scholarship. My goal is to attend the University of Kentucky.
Hello, my name is Alexis Johnson. I am 12 years old and I attend W.B. Muncy Elementary. My favorite subjects in school are social studies, writing and science. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing guitar, and reading books. I am excited to be apart of the Kloepfer family because they are helping me pursue my dreams of going to college and are helping me get a job that provides for me and my family. My favorite thing to do when school is out is go on vacations. On vacations i go to things like camps and plays. My favorite place to go on vacation would be Telluride, Colorado because of the pretty things you can see such as sunflower fields, snow on the mountains, waterfalls, and herds of elk. I look forward to my future with the Koelpfer family.
I am excited to be part of this program. My passion is Neuroscience and I plan to pursue this degree at the University of Kentucky. I am active with the National Honor Society and enjoy doing community service. I am also currently working on my AS college classes. I look forward to the Kloepfer Family Scholarship experience.
Robert Warrener Kilburn
I enjoy playing football, basketball and playing the guitar. My favorite subject in school is science because I’m interested in learning about medical topics including medicine. I want to become a doctor when I grow up. Receiving this scholarship and the opportunity to attend UK excites my competitive nature and desire to do well in high school and college. Knowing I will get help in school to succeed, and the scholarship program will keep me motivated. Meeting other people and coming out of my shell of being bashful is something I look forward to. My favorite subjects are math and science. My career interest is Biochemistry.
My name is Bella Lewis. I am 12 years old. I go to school in Leslie County, Kentucky, at WB Muncy Elementary. I have one older sister and a pet Pomeranian named Foxy. I love sports and play basketball and softball. I also play travel basketball with a national recognized team called Kentucky Premier. In my free time I like to attend church, spend time with friends and family, and play with my dog. I am so beyond blessed to be one of the individuals who got this Kloepfer Family Foundation Scholarship. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. It means the world to me.
Shayley Lynneah Madden
My family has a lot of animals. We have one horse, four dogs, two puppies, and one cat. I love history because I get to learn about our own culture and how the Native Americans lived. I also love history because I have an awesome teacher. Another subject I like is math. I love math because we divide. It is really fun. Another subject I like is science. I like science because you can experiment with things and also make a hypothesis like “I have a hypothesis that plants move.” It’s really fun so that’s why I like science. I love music and I love to sing. My dream is to go to college and maybe become a nurse. I want to help people. I love school so that’s why I want to go to college.
I am thankful to be recently selected for the Kloepfer Family Foundation Scholarship Program. This opportunity is going to allow me to have a great future and pursue my dreams with a purpose.
Hello, My Name is Thomas Saylor and I enjoy a lot of different activities. Some of these activities are sports and hunting. As a Kloepfer Scholar, I have learned that it takes hard work and responsibility to maintain good grades. My favorite subjects are social studies and math. My career choice is to become a lawyer because I like to argue and I can think of reasons quickly. Being a lawyer also pays well and I look forward to having a good-paying job in life. I am excited about being a student at the University of Kentucky and getting to watch the UK Wildcats. Also, knowing that I don’t have to worry about paying for my college education excites me. My most memorable time as a Kloepfer Scholar has been the Boston Harbor cruise. The Boston trip and flying on an airplane were really fun and I had a great time.
Hello, my name is Macayla Thomas I have lived in Leslie County my whole life and currently am a senior. This foundation has made my senior year so much more memorable. In the beginning, I worried so much about picking a college and doing all the things to prepare for college and going to college not knowing anyone but this foundation has helped me make a new built-in family. They have helped me so much with preparing for college and teaching me never to limit myself. I am so thankful for this foundation and god for helping make my college dreams come true. I can not wait to be a Wildcat! No one will ever understand what this foundation does for kids in our county.
David Jase Wells
Hello, my name is Jase Wells I am 11 years old. I enjoy hanging out with friends and spending time with family. I also love to hunt and fish with my dad, as well as kayaking with my family! I am on the Academic team at Stinnett Elementary and I compete in Quick Recall as well as Future Problem Solving. This past year my FPS team competed in the Sixth Grade Showcase State competition. My favorite subject is science, I make good grades in all subjects, but that would not be possible without my mom and dad pushing me to do my best! I am super excited to attend the University of Kentucky! My dream is to go to medical school and become a general doctor. I have dreamed of being a doctor, practicing in Leslie County since I was very small. I REALLY want to offer quality healthcare to the people in my hometown! As a Kloepfer Scholar, I know I can achieve anything, and now ALL my dreams are well within my reach! I am super thankful, and I feel so blessed to have been chosen for this opportunity! I am so excited for my future! My mom has ALWAYS told me to “DREAM BIG and Trust God” when I do these two things NOTHING is impossible!
Hello, My Name is Madison Wilson and I enjoy helping people and being there for my friends. As a Kloepfer Scholar, I have learned how important school is and how much it affects your life and future. My favorite subjects are reading, health, and writing. My career interest is in the area of medicine. Since being selected as a Kloepfer Scholar, my eyes have been opened to new ideas including what it is going to be like living on campus and meeting new people. I have enjoyed the trips to Boston and Washington DC and look forward to other new opportunities.
Dylan Caldwell, W.B. Muncy Elementary
Noah Baker, Mountain View Elementary
Madison Wilson, Stinnett Elementary
MaKenzie Bell, Stinnett Elementary
Adrieonia Nicole France, Stinnett Elementary
Thomas Saylor, Stinnett Elementary
Robert Warrener Kilburn, W.B. Muncy Elementary
Tesha Bowling, Mountain View Elementary
Shayley Madden, W.B. Muncy Elementary
Alexis Johnson, W.B. Muncy Elementary
Tayton Isaac Owens, Mountain View Elementary
David Jase Wells, Stinnett Elementary
Chelsea Collett, W.B. Muncy Elementary
Madelyn Hays, W.B. Muncy Elementary
Isabella Lewis, W.B. Muncy Elementary
Kiley Perry, Stinnett Elementary
Alliannah Lowe, WB Muncy
Karlee Adams, WB Muncy
Jaegan Howard, Leslie County High School (formerly Stinnett Elementary)
Mcayla Thomas, Leslie County High School (formerly Stinnett Elementary)
Madison Mitchell, Leslie County High School (formerly Hayes Lewis)
During the Academic School year 2021-22 the Kloepfer Family Foundation selected three additional students from the senior class. The students selected were Jaegen Howard, Macayla Thomas, (former Stinnett Elementary students), and Madison Mitchell (former Hayes Lewis Elementary student).