Kentuckian Nationally Recognized for Public Service

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell today welcomed Dr. Ching-Yi Lin of Bowling Green, Kentucky, to his office to personally congratulate her upon winning the 2013 Jefferson Award.

The Jefferson Award is presented to exceptional Americans who strive to make their communities better and stronger. Recipients are nominated from throughout the country and travel to Washington, D.C. to accept the awards.

Dr. Lin, a world-class violinist, was recognized for sharing her talent within her community serving as the Director of The Western Kentucky University Pre-College Strings Program. The program currently has approximately 70 children, ages 4-18 studying the violin, viola and cello. In addition to performances at area schools, her students also perform at local retirement homes, charities and businesses.

“I was proud to present Dr. Lin with the Jefferson Award, she is truly deserving of this honor,” Senator McConnell said.

In addition to her outstanding leadership of the Pre-College Strings Program, Dr. Lin is Assistant Professor of Violin at Western Kentucky University and Concertmaster of The Symphony at WKU.