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Covington Catholic Senior Awarded $5,000 Williams Scholarship

Malone Simpson, a 2018 graduate of Covington Catholic High School, was recently named the recipient of a $5,000 Williams Fund College Scholarship awarded by the Kenny and Brian Williams Fund.

Ken Williams, Sr., who is on the board of directors for the fund named after his sons, his wife Kate, and David Thiel, Jr., also a member of the fund’s board of directors and a 1986 Covington Catholic graduate and classmate of Ken Williams, Jr. (“Kenny”), presented Simpson with the award.

The Kenny and Brian Williams Fund was founded by David Thiel and six other friends of the Williams brothers as a way to honor them after their tragic deaths. Kenny died in 1994 after falling from a Cincinnati skywalk. Brian died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The brothers are Covington Catholic alumni who were known for their spirit, athleticism, academic excellence and zeal for life.

Malone Simpson is the son of Nicole Niehaus and Timothy Simpson of Erlanger, and he attended St. Pius X grade school.  He will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall to study business and economics. At Covington Catholic, he was a four-year member of the varsity football and track team, a member of NHS and NEHS, and has demonstrated leadership via multiple community service, student life, and retreat activities.

To be considered for the Williams scholarship, applicants submit essays explaining the reasons they value their Covington Catholic experience and deserve the award. The recipient is chosen for his academic performance, extracurricular participation and recommendations from faculty and administrators.  

The Kenny and Brian Williams Fund also supports the Northern Kentucky-Greater Cincinnati community, particularly assisting those facing tragedies or having special needs. Since its inception, the Williams Fund has raised over $2 million. For more information, visit The Kenny and Brian Williams Fund website at or the Covington Catholic website at

-Staff report
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