ECTC commemorates Veterans Day with Purple Heart designation | ECTC

ECTC commemorates Veterans Day with Purple Heart designation

Published on Nov 11, 2021

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College honored veterans and service members Wednesday with a proclamation designating the college a Purple Heart College in partnership with the Department of Kentucky Military Order of the Purple Heart. In addition, the college announced the new Abound Credit Union Purple Heart Scholarship.  

“We are very proud that so many men and women who have served our country choose to further their education at ECTC,” said ECTC Chief Institutional Advancement Officer Megan Stith. “Today’s events are an expression of our deep gratitude and respect for our students and all members of our community who have been honored with the Purple Heart medal.” 

The new Abound Credit Union Purple Heart Scholarship will be awarded in the spring for the 2022-23 academic year. Preference will be given to scholarship applicants who are recipients of the Purple Heart medal or a recipient’s spouse or descendant. The scholarship will be funded by gifts to the ECTC Military Education Association, which is sponsored by Abound Credit Union. Additional donors may contribute to the fund and at least one $2,000 scholarship will be awarded. 

“We are so proud to be a part of this,” said Abound Credit Union President and CEO Ray Springsteen. “The Abound Credit Union Purple Heart Scholarship is a new way to honor our armed forces and help military-connected students prepare for successful futures.  

The scholarship application will be available Dec. 1. 

As a Purple Heart College, ECTC is honoring the service and sacrifice of men and women in uniform who have been wounded or killed in combat while protecting the freedoms of all Americans, said retired Sgt. Maj. Irvin Lyons, Coordinator for the Purple Heart City, County and College program with the Department of Kentucky Military Order of the Purple Heart.  

“Elizabethtown was the first Kentucky city to be a Purple Heart City, and now ECTC is the first college in Kentucky to be a Purple Heart College,” Lyons said.  

To further mark the occasion, ECTC designated two front-row parking spots near the Regional Postsecondary Building for combat wounded service members. The parking designation began as an initiative of Wounded Warriors Family Support and has been embraced across the country.