Nannette S. Johnston Impact Fund for Hardin County Schools

Nannette S. Johnston spent nearly her entire life connected to Hardin County Schools – as a student, parent, teacher, administrator and, for a decade, as superintendent. 

In her final year as superintendent, Johnston selected IMPACT as the district’s focus word of the year and it was truly fitting as she continues her personal impact on the district through the Nannette S. Johnston Impact Fund for Hardin County Schools with Central Kentucky Community Foundation.

The fund supports opportunities for students and student success so they can excel and make an impact in our community. One way is to provide affordable higher education opportunities through the HCS Academy at the Early College and Career Center, more commonly known as EC3.

At the academy, students earn college credit while still in high school. Although the costs to students to earn these credits is 1/3 the cost than if enrolled traditionally, some students still struggle to afford this unique experience. 

The fund awards scholarships to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in the academy. Those students are “dual enrolled” with their home school – Central Hardin, John Hardin or North Hardin high schools – while earning college credits through the district’s partnership with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. 

By funding these advanced opportunities through the Nannette S. Johnston Impact Fund, students are given the knowledge and skills it takes to make a sustainable difference in our community. 

To learn how you can start a fund or to donate to this one, please contact Davette Swiney at 270-737-8393 or by email at