The American Heart Association Hosts a Reception for the Carol Barr Fund STEM Scholarship Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The American Heart Association hosted a reception for the Carol Barr Fund STEM Scholarship Program.

Barr passed away two years ago and these awards honor her legacy. Congressman Barr and his family were also present.

Female students from parts of central and eastern Kentucky received their scholarships to excel in STEM, and these women said they were excited to inspire younger generations of women in the state.

This is the first time the Carol Barr Fund STEM Scholarship Program has awarded its prizes. One of the six women who received a scholarship was Haley Thacker, who said she was honored to be part of such a great group of girls.

“I am so lucky to be able to be here tonight with phenomenal young women who are in the same shoes as me and who are in the same shoes as Mrs. Carol Barr a long time ago. And just being able to represent his legacy and continue his work is nothing but an honor, to say the least,” Thacker said.

Some of the speakers included members of the American Heart Association, Congressman Andy Barr, and friends and family of Carol Barr.

They said each of these winners showed a bit of Carol in them.

“This scholarship is truly the epitome of a strong young woman like Carol Barr was. And these girls going into science, technology, engineering and math, I know they will continue the legacy of Carol Barr,” Rep. Barr said.

He encouraged other girls in the state to dive into the STEM field in the future.

“Being able to be a woman in STEM and show how powerful women are and how motivated they are to continue in this direction is something I want to continue to lead and something I want to be a part of” , Thacker said.

American Heart Association officials said they are grateful for all the foundations that made this scholarship possible.

Three scholarships were awarded in the amount of $10,000 and three others in the amount of $2,500.

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