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August 23, 2007 - Academy Of Mathematics And Science In Kentucky Dedicated, Named For Educational Philanthropist C.M. "Bill" Gatton.

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A foundation created by employees of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board to provide educational opportunities for young people has made a $50,000 commitment to the new Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at Western Kentucky University.

The goal of the RBG Foundation is to provide educational opportunities and other incentives for young people in the Glasgow region to pursue education in the fields of science, technology and engineering. The foundation, formed by employees with approval of the EPB Board of Directors, hopes that these young people will, in turn, help our country return to its past dominance in these fields and become catalysts in the process of making the world a better place.

“Only the EPB team could be so bold,” said Amy Hall, RBG Foundation President. “We have found an exciting opportunity that will allow us to begin the process of achieving our goals. The RBG Foundation has committed $50,000 to the new Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, which is about to become a reality on the campus of Western Kentucky University.”

The EPB team is famous for taking on projects that seem impossible for a group of fewer than 50 people. The RBG Foundation is funded predominantly by voluntary payroll deductions from the EPB team.

As part of this first funding commitment, the RBG Foundation is naming the major assembly area in the Academy building after a fallen friend and fellow team member, Jama M. Young. The remainder of the foundation’s commitment will go into an endowment fund for the Academy at WKU.

“The Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky is honored to be the recipient of the RBG Foundation’s generosity,” said Academy director Tim Gott. “As we have forged this partnership, it has become apparent that doing this in memory of Jama M. Young will be a fitting acknowledgement of her life accomplishments. We know that the students and staff of the Academy will find inspiration from the exemplary life Jama lived.”

Dr. Julia Roberts, director of The Center for Gifted Studies, said: “The decision of the RBG Foundation to make the gift commitment in memory of Jama M. Young is genuinely appreciated. The gift will create bright futures for young people and for the Commonwealth while honoring Jama M. Young’s talents and interests.”

The Academy, set to open this August in the renovated Schneider Hall, will become the state’s only residential program for high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It will be the 14th such school in the nation funded by the state budget.

Academy representatives have been interviewing applicants as part of the selection process for the 60 high school juniors and 60 high school seniors who will be accepted into the first class of the program.

To learn more about the Academy at WKU, visit www.wku.edu/academy. For more information on the RBG Foundation, visit www.rbgfoundation.org.