James A. Wells, Sr. Veterans Scholarship
James Allen Wells, Sr., proudly served in the United States Army during WWII. He was drafted in February of 1942, and served until 1945. After serving in Europe, James returned to his life as a farmer in Cumberland County, Kentucky. He was devoted to his family and proud to have served our country. James and his wife Sue, encouraged their five children to further their education. To learn more about the late James A. Wells, watch this short video and hear from his daughter Cara and wife Sue. If you apply for the scholarship, let us know what you think about their comments regarding James in your application Introduction.
The 2021 winners are posted below. Thank you to all that applied! 2022 applications will open up January 2022.
- Must be a Kentucky or Indiana resident
- Must be a US Military Veteran, spouse or child of a veteran living or deceased, or must be US Military active duty, spouse or child of someone currently serving our country.
- Be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled student at a 2 or 4-year college or university
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Plan to pursue a postsecondary degree after high school graduation
- If you are selected to receive this scholarship, a form DD-214 must be provided prior to receiving the award.
- Submit an introduction in the form below telling us about yourself. We want to know what made you who you are today.
- Submit an essay in the form below telling about someone who influenced your life in a positive manner and how that will have an impact on your future.
Award: Two students will be awarded $1,000; nonrenewable to be paid directly to college or university admissions office.
Deadline: May 17, 2022
Contact: Linda Brumleve, Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, 7513 New La Grange Road, Louisville, KY 40222, 502.458.5555, email@example.com
The award will be announced on our website and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages on May 30, 2021. Best wishes to the students that submit!
More About James A. Wells, Sr.
James A. Wells, Sr., was drafted on February 5, 1942 in to the Army Air Force. During his service to the United States in World War II, his duties took him to Normandy, parts of Northern France, Ardennes, Belgium, Rhineland, Western Germany, Central Europe and England. His responsibilities included working at airfields and building airports. James earned an European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars for battles, and a good conduct medal. He was a technician 5th Grade in Company B 818th Engineer Battalion and later was a Sargent. After WWII, James left the Army and returned home to Cumberland County, Kentucky.
James didn’t speak a lot of his war experiences, but did share he met many good people in France as he traveled across the countryside. He married Sue McGill Wells in November 1946. The Wells family lived on a farm in Kentucky. They grew grain, raised cattle and pigs, had a milking dairy, and a large vegetable and fruit garden to feed their family and friends. James enjoyed square dancing, loved to sing and spend time in church, and liked hearing his children play piano at home. James and Sue had five children: James Allen Wells, Jr. Betsy Wells Kelien, Jo Wells Mann, Jana Wells Lyons and Cara Wells Stigger, and many grandchildren. All of the Wells children pursued a college education after high school. This was especially important to James and Sue, as neither of them had completed high school. James and Sue Wells were/are very proud of their children and grandchildren. James left this earth too early at the age of 69, but gave his family a lifetime of cherished memories. Because of his service to our country, and commitment to his family we want to honor his legacy with this scholarship specifically for United States Veterans or a spouse or child of a veteran.
Cara Wells Stigger, Eastern Kentucky University graduation day with mom, Sue Wells.
2021 Scholarship News
We want to thank the 2021 James A. Wells, Sr. Veterans Scholarship applicants. Your essays were humbling to read. To the veterans and the family members of veterans, we are thankful for your service and the sacrifices you have made for our country. We wish all of the students our very best and encourage you to continue to pursue your dreams. Best Regards, Marshall Kaufman and Cara Stigger
Congratulations to our 2021 James A. Wells, Sr. Veterans Scholarship Winners
🎓 Congratulations to Madison G. She is from Bell County, KY and is a student at Eastern Kentucky University. She shared how her father served our country for over a decade traveling to many countries overseas. She is majoring in Criminology and Sociology.
🎓Congratulations to Kylie C., a student at Gateway KCTCS in Florence, KY! She shared how her husband’s experiences as a US Army veteran gave her a new perspective on the life of a solider. Kylie is a mother of three and her goal is to work as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for veterans.
2020 Scholarship News
We want to thank the 2020 James A. Wells, Sr. Veterans Scholarship applicants. Your essays were impressive and thoughtful. To the veterans and the family members of veterans, we are thankful for your service and the sacrifices you have made for our country. We wish all of the students our very best and encourage you to continue to pursue your dreams. Best Regards, Marshall Kaufman and Cara Stigger
Congratulations to our 2020 James A. Wells, Sr. Veterans Scholarship Winners
🎓Congratulations to Maxim S., 2020 graduate of West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, Kentucky. He shared that his father served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Maxim is thankful for the love and support of his family and plans to attend Campbellsville University in the fall.
🎓 Congratulations to Samuel C., 2020 graduate of Spencer County High School in Taylorsville, Kentucky. He shared that his father served in the Kentucky National Guard. Samuel has learned valuable life lessons from his family and plans to attend University of Kentucky in the fall.
2019 Scholarship News
We want to thank the 2019 James A. Wells, Sr. Veterans Scholarship applicants. Your humble and thoughtful submissions were extremely moving and made this decision VERY difficult. We wish all of you well in your future endeavors! We THANK YOU and your families for their service and sacrifice to our country.
Congratulations to our 2019 James A. Wells, Sr. Veterans Scholarship winners!
🎓 Faith E. 2019 graduate of Graves County High School in Mayfield, Kentucky. She shared about her father a veteran and the challenges her family has endured.
🎓 Hannah K. student at Eastern Kentucky University and Garrard County High School graduate from Lancaster, Kentucky. She shared about her father a veteran and her brother a KY State Trooper.
2018 Scholarship News
Congratulations to our 2018 James A. Wells, Sr. Veterans Scholarship winners!
🎓 Laura F. 2018 graduate of Lee County High School shared how her father Greg inspired her to aim high, work hard and achieve. Laura is also proud of her father’s service to our National Guard.
🎓 Rebekah O. 2018 graduate of Daviess County High School shared how her Memaw challenged her and taught her about the concepts of absolute truth and morality. Rebekah is also proud of her father Christopher’s service to the United States Army.