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Southeast Student Receives Mike Bowling Memorial Scholarship

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. To be considered for the Mike Bowling Memorial Scholarship, a student must demonstrate resilience in overcoming adversity. Gabrielle “Gabby” Daniels, a 19-year-old 2022 graduate of Middlesboro High School, fits the bill.

Southeast student Gabby Daniels of Middlesboro was awarded the Mike Bowling Memorial Scholarship. (Photo Submitted)

As her mother Jessica Daniels explained, Gabby suffered a horrific accident at the young age of nine during a summer church camp, when she fell 40 feet from a zipline.

“Gabby broke both femurs and her mandible,” said Jessica. “This happened on May 31, and she wasn’t able to stand until mid-August. She couldn’t walk until much later.”

Although her injuries continued to plague her for years, Gabby emerged as a leader in high school. She played volleyball all four years and became captain of the team her senior year. An active member of the JROTC, she served as cadet battalion commander, and before graduation, she completed 15 hours of dual credit courses towards an associate degree at Southeast.

“Mike was always the champion of the underdog,” said his wife, Jamie Shoffner Bowling, who takes an active role in awarding the scholarship. “Gabby immediately impressed me with her strength and her spirit. I know that Mike would be proud that this gift is helping her reach her goals.”

The family of Mike Bowling created this scholarship in his memory to continue his legacy of service to the region. After being elected in 1990 as State Representative for the 87th district, representing Bell, Harlan, and Leslie counties, Mike was a leader in education for over 10 years.

“Mike’s long career of service made a tremendous impact in Southeastern Kentucky,” said Southeast President Vic Adams. “He was a great man and a great friend. We are honored to be stewards of a scholarship in his memory.”

Thanks in large part to the scholarship, Gabby is pursuing an associate in arts at Southeast with plans to graduate in December 2023. She plans to transfer to a four-year institution and continues to weigh her options regarding a field of study.

“I am so grateful for the support this scholarship has given me,” said Gabby. “My family and I want to make sure that people know how much the Bowling family really gives back to the community.”

“We have thanked Mrs. Bowling with everything in our soul,” said Jessica. “Mike Bowling was giving and selfless. It is touching that Gabby received this scholarship. It’s special. It means something.”


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