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Adam Hyatt Memorial Scholarship

From our inaugural meeting September 2018, Adam Hyatt supported the WJRF mission.  He loved and served his students at Franklin County High School; he loved and served children and youth in his community.  It is with great honor that we offer the WJRF Adam Hyatt Memorial Scholarship to qualified candidates in Frankfort and Franklin County, KY.

"This foundation has a unique and necessary mission to serve the children of the incarcerated. This mission is fueled by the passion of a man who was separated from his children,and those who seek to come alongside these families in need to break the chains of generational poverty, incarceration, and neglect."
Adam Hyatt
Former Board Member


Adam Hyatt was a part of Franklin County High School for over 10 years and anyone who knew Mr. Hyatt knew this; Adam was a devout Christian, loved his family, his students, and FCHS. Mr. Hyatt passed away in July 2019.

WJRF awarded our first high school graduate with a scholarship in May 2019. It is with great honor that we rename this award the Adam Hyatt Memorial Scholarship. Any graduating senior impacted by incarceration is eligible to apply. We look forward to granting this annual award in Adam’s name,a man who lived his life to serve others.


Ready to apply?

In order to serve and improve outcomes for Central Kentucky youth impacted by incarceration and help them succeed in school and their communities, the Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation is excited to offer two $1000 scholarships funded by the WJRF Adam Hyatt Memorial Scholarship Fund to qualified candidates from high schools within Frankfort Independent and Franklin County Schools.

All candidates to be considered must be directly impacted by incarceration, including: a parent and/or family member’s current or previous incarceration and must have at least a 2.5 high school GPA. 

  • The scholarship will be a one time award in the amount of $1000 and will be paid directly to the institution of higher learning.  
  • In all matters, the Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation board shall have final discretion in the interpretation of guidelines in awarding the scholarship.


Candidates will be selected using the following criteria:

  1.  Applicants must have met the requirements for graduating in the current school year from a high school in Franklin County, Kentucky. 
  2. All applicants will complete the application form and provide a high school transcript. The application form can be obtained from the guidance counselors and/or FRYSC coordinator from their schools.
  3. All applicants will provide one letter of recommendation from a non-relative adult who can verify the skills, activities, and background information set forth in the application.

The scholarship will be based on a combination of factors including: impacted by incarceration; academic achievement; community involvement; plan for success in higher education; and the essay.



Deadline for submitting application and all supporting materials:  May 1, 2020.

Essay Prompt:


Research indicates that children and youth who have an incarcerated parent and/or reside in a high crime neighborhood, are less likely to graduate high school and less likely to pursue higher education.  Even further, data supports that children and youth in such circumstances are more likely to engage in criminal activity and become incarcerated themselves. Using the following quote by William Arthur Ward, explain how you were able to rise above the impact of incarceration:  “We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them”.


Your essay should address the following components:


  1. What challenges have you faced related to the impact of incarceration on your life?
  2. Explain how you were able to overcome this obstacle or challenge.
  3. How will you use your life experiences to positively impact your future and your community?


Essay Requirements:

  • Essay must be typed and be a minimum of 500 words
  • 12-point font
  • 1.5 inch space between lines
  • Standard 1 inch margins on all sides

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Scholarship Recipients

2019: Tre Simmons III

The first recipient of the Wanda Joyce Robinson Scholarship was Tre Simmons lll. A graduate of Franklin County High School, this phenomenal young man will be enrolling at Eastern Kentucky University to play football.


Apply now!

Donate to the Scholarship

Support the Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation and the students in our community by donating to the Adam Hyatt Scholarship fund.