Inspiring Appalachian youth to achieve educational and leadership excellence through nurturing mentorship and community support

Honoring the lifetime work of Dr. Aaron Thompson.

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Thompson Scholars:
Achieving Excellence Through Equity for Appalachian Youth

Nestled in the hills of Manchester, Kentucky, sits an A-frame house with a gorgeous mountain view from the front window. But the most charming thing is what’s inside. This is no ordinary home: within its walls, you’ll find classrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a dedicated team of staff on a mission to serve the youth of Clay County. In 2020, the nation was reeling from the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd…


With her senior year fast approaching, Charisma is eager to fully embrace her role in the foundation as Youth Mental Health Advisor, expanding her initiative by building a team of like-minded peers. Ultimately, she aims to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the foundation and in the community. After high school, Charisma envisions a future where she embraces military service, higher education, and pursues her passion for art…

Thompson Scholars:
Hayden Boyd’s Innovative Journey to Success

AppC2C’s newest partner, the Thompson Scholars Foundation, is celebrating another year of success and milestones. Among these is the story of Hayden Boyd—a shining example of the resilience, determination and strength found in every TSF scholar. Since Hayden was not enrolled in public school and needed a pathway to graduation, Thompson Scholars piloted a hybrid program through accredited online Smart Schools…