(Springfield, Ky.) – Lakynn Hodgens, a 2017 graduate of Washington County High School, was recently named a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar and was also awarded the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship at the University of Louisville. Ten students are named MLK Scholars each year. The program includes full in-state tuition and an $8,000 stipend to cover other university expenses. A minimum GPA of 3.5 and an ACT score of least 26 or SAT score of 1240 are required to apply. The Woodford R. Porter Scholarship is awarded to African-American students who are residents of Kentucky or Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Perry, Scott and Washington counties in Indiana. Admitted students who have a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate strong leadership and extracurricular involvement are considered.
“I was in third grade and my brother was in kindergarten when my mom went back to college to pursue her degree in elementary education, and from the time I could remember, she never missed an opportunity to tell us how important education is,” says Hodgens. “Applying for both of these scholarships was very important to me because I knew that they would take away the stress of having to pay for college on my own, as well as give me the opportunity to stay involved in leadership roles and meet people that have similar interests to mine.”
At WCHS, Hodgens is the president of the school’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Beta Club, and also participated in the 2016 Governor’s Scholar Program. She also works as a lifeguard supervisor at the Lebanon Aquatic Center and taught first grade catechism classes at Holy Rosary Church.
“Lakynn is a dedicated, mature and caring young lady,” says WCHS family and consumer science teacher and FCCLA sponsor Sarah Raikes. “She is an amazing leader both in and out of the classroom. During her four-year tenure at WCHS, she has served as a role model to many students and implemented numerous leadership and community service projects. She has a bright future and I know she will be an asset to the U of L campus.”
Traci Blanford, who also teaches family and consumer science classes at WCHS called Hodgens “the whole package.” “She is driven, passionate, and the person you would want fighting in your corner. When she sets her mind to something, she achieves it.”
Hodgens has also received additional scholarships from Distinguished Young Women of Washington County, the Springfield chapter of Business and Professional Women (BPW) and the Archdiocese of Louisville. At U of L, she plans to major in Biology and pursue a career as a dentist. She is the daughter of Beth and Tony Hodgens.