Alliance Coal Announces Scholarship Awards

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP) and Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ: AHGP) this week announced scholarship awards to eight outstanding graduating seniors and recognition awards to three exceptional teachers.

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In addition to contributing to the students’ continuing education, this program also helps Alliance Coal identify and cultivate top talent for the future.

Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) May 30, 2014

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program recognizes scholastic achievement by the sons and daughters of employees, awarding $1,000 scholarships to the top three graduating high school seniors and $500 scholarships to the next five highest-ranking candidates. The $1,000 scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years. Since 1996, the program has provided $235,500 in scholarships to 145 students. In addition, three teachers are selected annually to receive a $500 Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Award. A total of $27,000 has been given to exemplary teachers since the program started 18 years ago.

“Alliance Coal congratulates the outstanding students who are this year’s scholarship recipients,” said Brian L. Cantrell, Sr. Vice President and CFO. “We are proud to sponsor this program and to recognize their academic successes and achievements in their communities. In addition to contributing to the students’ continuing education, this program also helps Alliance Coal identify and cultivate top talent for the future.”

The top three students, awarded $1,000 renewable scholarships, are:

Hannah E. Center, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, daughter of Doug M. Center, employed by Warrior Coal, LLC near Madisonville, Kentucky. Hannah will major in Biology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Alexis P. Gamblin, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, daughter of Jed N. Gamblin, employed by Warrior Coal, LLC near Madisonville, Kentucky. Alexis will study Accounting at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Mitchell Tinnell, graduate of Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky, son of Wesley R. Hedgepath, employed by Hopkins County Coal, LLC near Madisonville, Kentucky. Mitchell will major in Music Education at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

The scholars receiving $500 awards are:

Dylan T. Hayes, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, son of Thomas T. Hayes, employed by Webster County Coal, LLC near Providence, Kentucky. Dylan will study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Martha R. McGraw, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, daughter of Michael B. McGraw, employed by Webster County Coal, LLC near Providence, Kentucky. Martha will study Nursing at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Cody A. Ramage, graduate of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, son of Ricky A. Ramage, employed by Sebree Mining, LLC near Sebree, Kentucky. Cody will major in Business at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Brett M. Seymore, graduate of Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Kentucky, son of Jeff D. Seymore, employed by Sebree Mining, LLC near Sebree, Kentucky. Brett will pursue Medical or Finance/Accounting studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Joseph S. Stillwell, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky, son of Robert E. Stillwell, employed by River View Coal, LLC near Morganfield, Kentucky. Joseph will study Engineering at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program also supports excellence in teaching through its Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Awards — $500 awards to the elementary, junior-high, or senior-high teachers recommended by the top three scholarship recipients each year.

“We join our top-ranked students in recognizing the important influences of the teachers they selected: Stephen Bishop of Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and Sarah Emerson and Shannon King, both of Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Kentucky. We salute their dedication and contributions to their students’ success,” said Cantrell.

Scholarship America, the nation's largest private sector scholarship and educational support organization, administers all aspects of the Alliance Coal Scholars Program, including the selection process.

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About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

ARLP is a diversified producer and marketer of coal to major United States utilities and industrial users. ARLP, the nation's first publicly traded master limited partnership involved in the production and marketing of coal, is currently the third largest coal producer in the eastern United States with mining operations in the Illinois Basin, Northern Appalachian, and Central Appalachian coal producing regions. ARLP operates ten mining complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and West Virginia. ARLP is also constructing a new mine in southern Indiana and is purchasing and funding development of reserves, operating surface facilities, and making equity investments in a new mining complex in southern Illinois. In addition, ARLP operates a coal loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mount Vernon, Indiana.

News, unit prices, and additional information about ARLP, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://www.arlp.com. For more information, contact the investor relations department of Alliance Resource Partners at (918) 295-7674 or via e-mail at investorrelations(at)arlp(dot)com.

About Alliance Holdings GP, L.P.

AHGP is a limited partnership formed to own and control Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC, the managing general partner of ARLP, through which it holds a 1.98% general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in ARLP. In addition, AHGP owns 15,544,169 common units of ARLP.

News, unit prices, and additional information about AHGP, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://www.ahgp.com. For more information, contact the investor relations department of Alliance Holdings GP at (918) 295-1415 or via e-mail at investorrelations(at)ahgp(dot)com.


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