JGK III scholars on campus
The first two JGK III scholars, Austyn Gaffney of Bowling Green, Ky., and Justin Penticuff of Winchester, Ky., began their studies at Transylvania this fall.
Gaffney hopes to create a major in international affairs and minor in a foreign language. “Because of this scholarship, I am able to pursue interests like study abroad,” she said. “Transy is a school brimming with intelligent students, and I am fortunate to be given this opportunity.”
Penticuff, who plans to study the sciences in preparation for a career in medicine, said that receiving the scholarship added to his sense of belonging at Transylvania. “It has not only provided me with a sense of completion and success,” he said, “but also excitement and responsibility. I will continue to strive toward being the best student and overall role model that I can be.”
The JGK III Scholarship was endowed by sisters Clay Kirk of New York City and Sarah Kennedy of Atlanta to honor their brother, James G. Kenan III, vice chair of Transylvania’s Board of Trustees and chair of the Investment Committee.
The merit scholarships include full tuition and fees, room and board, for four years and will be awarded to two entering first-year students every four years. JGK III Scholars are required to maintain a 3.5 grade point average, be campus leaders, and exhibit excellence of character and responsible citizenship.