City announces “Be the Change” scholarship winners

Bryan Station seniors Michelle Moore and Aline Sandoval Cano are the recipients of the 2024 “Be the Change” scholarships, Mayor Linda Gorton announced today.

The scholarship, each for $10,000, is available to students of color at Bryan Station High School who wish to further their education in the study of criminal justice or related fields at a Kentucky college or university.

“Congratulations to these rising leaders who are committed to serving our community in the criminal justice or public safety field,” Gorton said. “This scholarship program is providing new opportunities for our young people to become leaders who will have a positive impact on our community.”

The “Be the Change” scholarship program is made possible through a partnership among the City, Galls and Central Bank. 

"We are thrilled to announce the continuation of our partnership with ONE Lexington in the scholarship program designed to empower local youth,” said Galls CEO Mike Fadden. “At Galls, we are proud to serve those who serve, including the brave members of the Lexington Police Department and Kentucky State Police, as reflected in the scholarship’s emphasis on criminal justice education. It is our honor to give back to the Lexington community where so many of our Galls associates live and work."

“Central Bank is honored to be a part of the “Be the Change” scholarship program again this year,” said Central Bank Chairman, President and CEO Luther Deaton. “In conjunction with ONE Lexington and Galls, we are dedicated to providing equitable opportunities for education in criminal justice and public safety. Through this scholarship program, we hope to support the next generation of future leaders in our community.” 

The goal of the scholarship is to provide opportunities for students of color, while also helping address racial disparities within the criminal justice system.

The ONE Lexington initiative works with the community to create initiatives and programs for youth and young adults that enhance safety and quality of life in neighborhoods experiencing violent crime.

“While we encourage our young people of color to continue using their voices to fight for more equity, diversity and justice in the systems that represent all citizens, we also challenge them to go a step further and BE the change that they want to see in these systems,” said ONE Lexington Director Devine Carama. “Nothing breeds diversity like diversity itself. Representation is important and we want our “Be the Change” scholarship winners to be professional trailblazers for other children who look like them.”

Moore and Sandoval Cano are seniors at Bryan Station High School. Both students plan to attend the University of Kentucky.

Moore is the daughter of Rebecca Riley. Sandoval Cano is the daughter of Gerardo Sandoval.

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