Alliance Coal Announces Scholarship Recipients

Since 1997, the Alliance Coal Scholars Program has awarded 243 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors, and recognized teachers who inspired them.

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP) this week announced the eight exemplary graduating seniors receiving college scholarships from the Alliance Coal Scholars Program. In addition, two teachers were selected by top-ranked students to receive teacher recognition awards.

The top three scholarship recipients were awarded renewable scholarships of $2,000. The next five highest-ranking recipients were awarded scholarships of $1,000. Since the program’s founding in 1997, $479,500 has been awarded in scholarships to 243 students. An additional $43,000 has been awarded to their outstanding teachers.

Scholarship award recipients are daughters or sons of Alliance Coal employees. These students are pursuing postsecondary education in college and vocational school programs. Their academic achievements, leadership in school activities, and contributions to the community are recognized.

“Alliance Coal welcomes the opportunity to congratulate the eight students receiving this year’s scholarship awards,” said Paul Mackey, Vice President, Employee Health and Benefits. “We are pleased to continue to support high school graduates as they embark on furthering their education. We applaud the hard work and dedication of these students, their parents, and teachers.”

The Alliance Coal Scholars Program not only recognizes the achievements of these bright students and contributes to their continuing education, but also helps identify and cultivate top talent for the future.

The top three students, awarded $2,000 renewable scholarships, are:

Dawson Estes, graduate of Union County High School in Morganfield, Kentucky; son of Steven Estes, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Dawson will major in nursing at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.

Jaleen Koons, graduate of Grayville High School in Grayville, Illinois; stepdaughter of Brian Bell, employed by Gibson County Coal, LLC. Jaleen will major in dental hygiene at Illinois Eastern Community Colleges: Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Illinois.

Tyler Kuykendall, graduate of Webster County High School in Dixon, Kentucky; son of John Kuykendall, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Tyler will major in electro-mechanical engineering at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

The scholars receiving $1,000 awards are:

Madilyn Fields, graduate of Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky; daughter of Timothy Fields, employed by Alliance Coal, LLC. Madilyn will major in forensic chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.

Sophy Fields, graduate of Muhlenberg County High School in Greenville, Kentucky; daughter of Paul Fields, employed by Warrior Coal, LLC. Sophy will major in environmental studies at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Taylor King, graduate of Marion High School in Marion, Illinois; stepdaughter of Ethan Stallings, employed by Hamilton County Coal, LLC. Taylor will major in nursing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois.

Kendra McVay, graduate of Webster County High School in Dixon, Kentucky; daughter of Brian McVay, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Kendra will major in business of health at Madisonville Community College in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Morgan Schmitt, graduate of Gallatin County High School in Junction, Illinois; daughter of Justin Schmitt, employed by River View Coal, LLC. Morgan will major in biology at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

The Alliance Coal Teacher Achievement Awards honor the guidance and encouragement that teachers provide. The top scholarship recipients selected an elementary, junior-high, or senior-high teacher to receive the $500 award.

“We celebrate and thank all the teachers who have challenged, guided, and inspired our scholars in their personal and academic development,” said Mackey. “We extend personal congratulations to the teachers selected by our scholars.”

Teachers receiving this year’s awards are: Brian Hucker of Grayville High School in Grayville, Illinois; and Nicole Clements of Webster County High School in Dixon, Kentucky.

Scholarship America, the nation’s largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship organization administers all aspects of the Alliance Coal Scholars Program, including the selection process.

About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

ARLP is a diversified natural resource company that generates operating and royalty income from coal produced by its mining complexes and royalty income from mineral interests it owns in strategic oil & gas producing regions in the United States, primarily the Permian, Anadarko and Williston basin.

ARLP currently produces coal from seven mining complexes it operates in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia. ARLP also operates a coal loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mount Vernon, Indiana. ARLP markets its coal production to major domestic and international utilities and industrial users and is currently the second largest coal producer in the eastern United States.

In addition, ARLP also generates income from a variety of other sources.

News, unit prices and additional information about ARLP, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), are available at For more information, contact the investor relations department of ARLP at (918) 295-7674 or via e-mail at

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