Gateway Student Christy Booth Awarded Outstanding Women Of Northern Kentucky Scholarship

Christy Booth, a criminal justice student at Gateway Community and Technical College, has been awarded a 2011 scholarship presented by the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky program. Booth is one of two OWNK recipients and the only community college recipient.

Booth has followed a non-traditional path to college. After dropping out of high school, earning a GED in 1990, and working for a number of years, this single mother enrolled at Gateway in Spring 2010. A year later, she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average, qualified for membership in the Phi Theta Kappa academic honorary, and won the Chief William R. Hiler, Sr. Memorial Scholarship for 2010-11. Christy is also a peer mentor/tutor and is on track to become the first in her family to graduate from college.

Booths passion for service and against injustice led her to help create a campus organization to increase awareness of and fight against human trafficking, domestic violence, bullying, and gay and lesbian hate crimes. For its efforts, the group received the Liberation Award earlier this year from Kentucky Rescue and Restore, part of a national campaign to rescue and restore victims of human trafficking.