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APSU receives scholarship funds from U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co.

April 15, 2003

Recently, Austin Peay was named one of five Kentucky and Tennessee universities and colleges to share nearly $230,000 in scholarship funding from U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USSTC), Hopkinsville, Ky.

That donation brings the companys total to more than $1.3 million in scholarship funding over the last six years, all of which is designated for sons and daughters of dark-tobacco producers.

This year, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco gave $34,100 to APSUs department of agriculture. April 15, 2003

Recently, Austin Peay was named one of five Kentucky and Tennessee universities and colleges to share nearly $230,000 in scholarship funding from U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USSTC), Hopkinsville, Ky.

That donation brings the company's total to more than $1.3 million in scholarship funding over the last six years, all of which is designated for sons and daughters of dark-tobacco producers.

This year, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco gave $34,100 to APSU's department of agriculture.
Murray State University's department of agriculture received $90,000, and the department of agriculture at Western Kentucky University received $80,000. Hopkinsville Community College's Technology Center was awarded $14,850, and $10,000 went to the School of Agriculture and Human Environment, University of Tennessee-Martin.

Since 1997, the company has donated $137,100 to APSU; $52,450 to HCC; $184,600 to UT-Martin; $469,000 to WKU; and $486,000 to MSU for scholarships. This year, the company also donated $203,000 to MSU as part of an agriculture leadership program.

“These scholarships provide the opportunity for men and women to develop and strengthen their voice and skills as they prepare to be more efficient and productive as they face the challenges of the 21st century,” said Danny Kingins, plant manager of USSTC, Hopkinsville. “USSTC has been dedicated to supporting the agricultural community in Kentucky and Tennessee for years.”