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JUDY BARTON (1949 - 2018) was a pioneer in the development of tourism in the Cumberland Gap Region. She served as the city recorder for the Historic Town of Cumberland Gap for many years. While in that capacity she served as director of the famous “Folk Fest” and was a driving force in the creation of “The State of Cumberland.” In 2000, while continuing to reside in Cumberland Gap, she became the director of tourism in Bell County, KY and became an adviser and advocate for tourism development throughout the State of Kentucky and the Cumberland Gap Region. She held this position until the time her health began to fail. Judy will forever be remembered for her love and devotion to the Cumberland Gap Region and its people which she displayed through her energetic “can do” attitude.

The Cumberland Gap Region Tourism Association has established this $500 Memorial Scholarship to be presented annually to a high school senior within the Cumberland Gap Region. Criteria for application and selection may be found on our website at  cumberlandgapregion.com

If you wish to donate to this memorial scholarship fund, this “Go Fund Me” page has been developed to accept your contribution.


Scholarship Recipients

2018 - Haley Nicely - Washburn High School

2019 - Ethan Phipps - Barbourville High School


Any senior attending either a public, private, or home school located within any of the ten counties comprising the Cumberland Gap Region may enter this scholarship competition by submitting a written essay to the Corporate Office of the CGRTA. Members of the CGRTA Board of Directors will make the final selection of the winning composition. The winning student will be notified and the scholarship will be presented during the school’s awards program.



Student Name




Name of School

School Address

County in which school is located

School Phone

B.      ESSAY TOPIC (Minimum 500 words – Maximum 1,000 words)

“What impact does tourism and tourism development have upon the economy in the Cumberland Gap Region?”

C.      RULES

1.      Must be typed (double spaced).

2.      Footnote any references used.

3.      Attach the cover sheet to the front of your composition.

4.      DO NOT include your name or school on any page of your composition (other than cover page).

5.      Mail or email your composition to:

Cumberland Gap Region Tourism Association, Inc.

c/o Carl Nichols, President/CEO

613 Main Street, Ste. #1

New Tazewell, TN 37825



D.     Your essay must be postmarked or emailed NO LATER THAN APRIL 19, 2019.