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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The largest charitable gift in Hardin County history stands to give students the opportunity to attend college for generations to come.
A social worker gave $2.4 million to Hardin County Schools. Charley Nell Llewelleyn was a trailblazer -- a social worker for Hardin County Schools from 1967 to 1987, friends say Llewellyn was an advocate for disadvantaged children and championed women's rights issues at a time when many women were fighting for equality.
Supt. Nannette Johnston of Hardin County Schools said Monday, "It speaks volumes for what she believed in when she was here."
Bill Kelley remembers Llewellyn from church and his time as principal at West Hardin High School: "She really carted about the true worth and dignity of everyone....It didn't matter your station in life. If she thought someone was being treated unfairly she was going to be an advocate for them."
One year after her death, that passion now benefits a class of students Charley never even met. Proceeds from her $2.4 million endowment investment will go to support scholarships for Hardin County students.
Central Hardin H.S. student Rebecca Isaacs says, "I'd love to double major in psychology and criminal justice."
The graduating class of 2014 will be the first to see the gift, and Rebecca Isaacs believes it could be the difference in whether she attends college out of state. She explains, "In-state I have KEES money to help pay for it, but out of state I'm not going to get much help."
The scholarship will be need-based and the exact criteria are still coming together. Funds will be managed by the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.
Supt. Johnson says, "The unfortunate part of this, or maybe she will know, just how many students she will be helping."
So a woman who loved education has just become a part of Hardin County history. Llewellyn was named Social Worker of the year by the National Association of Social Workers in 1978 and 1981.
She didn't have children and her husband had already passed away. She was 84 years old.