• Scholarship Opportunities 

    Updated 8/5/20

    *** Please note some application instructions have changed!***

    Email: tracy.baker@fayette.kyschools.us

    if you need assistance.



    University of Kentucky   


    You must apply for all scholarships!

    Berea College      


    Upon acceptance, you receive a 4-year tuition scholarship!

    Northern KY University                                                 


    Must complete the freshman scholarship application if  the scholarship is coming from the Office of Student Financial Aid. All other scholarships must be applied through their specific office.

    Morehead State University    


    No separate application necessary! Just apply for admission. EXCEPTION:  The Diversity Opportunity Scholarship and Black Achievers Scholarship application is separate and must be applied for! The scholarship is valued at full tuition for first-time freshman or as a transfer student with less than 24 total semester hours.December 1st for Diversity Scholarships

    Murray State University  


    Must apply separately for scholarships! Check the website!

    Western KY University 


    Application for admission serves as application for academic/merit awards. Targeted awards have separate applications found on the website.

    University of Louisville  


    No separate scholarship application is required for academic rewards!!!

    Eastern KY University  


    Merit scholarships are automatic with the admission application. Special scholarships do require separate applications found on the website.

    KY State University  


    No separate application for scholarships! Just apply for admission

    University of Pikeville  


    With the exception of the Osteopathic Medical School, no separate application for scholarships! Just apply for admission!


    Tips for filling out a scholarship applications:

    Make sure you are qualified for the scholarship

    This may seem obvious, but it bears mentioning. You may have friends that are applying for this scholarship or that one, but don't feel like you need to jump on the bandwagon. Whether you're attending a specific university, plan to study a particular subject, or have an affinity for a unique hobby, there's more than likely a scholarship out there tailored to your unique qualifications.

    Read the directions carefully.

    Believe it or not, many scholarship applications are immediately discarded because the applicant failed to follow directions. Don't let this happen to you! Once you've located a scholarship you feel confident you can win, read the directions and reread them. Whether the scholarship requires you write an essay, fill out a form, or a combination of both, make sure you completely understand what the institution awarding the scholarship is asking of you and follow those instructions explicitly.

    Develop a plan of attack.

    Before you even begin filling out the scholarship application or writing the required essay, make sure you have a good sense of exactly how you wish to proceed. Make note of any personal strengths and accomplishments you wish to emphasize. If you're having difficulty with this portion, ask a trusted teacher or friend what they think you should highlight. Laying out everything you wish to cover in outline form will help you to avoid mistakes on the application.

    Don’t be afraid to let yourself shine.

    On scholarship applications, you want to be honest, but avoid being too modest. If you feel that you have contributed a great deal to your community, for example, let the organization awarding the scholarship know and pinpoint specific examples that support your opinion. While you want your confidence to shine through, you don't want to come off as too cocky either. For example, if they ask you about your weaknesses, don't say that you don't have any. Instead pick a weakness you have and turn it into a positive. For example, if you are shy, let them know that you're making an effort to become more social by participating more in community events.

    Have someone else review your application .

    Whether it's a teacher, a parent, or a good friend whose writing skills you trust, always have at least one other person read your application documents before sending them in for consideration. You could read your own application five times and fail to notice tiny errors that may well stand out and count against you when the organization awarding the scholarship reviews your application. Your chosen application reviewer may also suggest information you overlooked that you can add to your application.

    Practice makes perfect.

    Your application is now ready to be mailed. Is it time to relax yet? Not so fast! Why cool your heels waiting for a response when there are many other scholarships for which you can apply? You’ve already knocked out your first application, which is undoubtedly the most difficult. You're on a roll now. Keep applying! You can always use more free money for college. taken from: www.collegeexpress.com/articles


    Contact: Christina Bowen 121 Oswald Bldg.470 Cooper Dr, Lexington, KY 40506


    Commonwealth Scholarship

    Must be a current-year high school graduate who finished in the top quartile of graduating class.

    Herron-Rodgers Family Scholarship

    Must be enrolled full-time at the time of award and have at least a 2.5 GPA

    KCTCS Presidential Scholarship

    Preference given to a Kentucky resident who is enrolled for at least 6 credit hours.

    PNC Bank Endowed Scholarship

    Must demonstrate ability to do college work or maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Renewable

    John T. Smith Scholarship

    Must be a minority student, attend at least 1 academic year at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, plan to attend a 4-year school and demonstrate financial need.

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Scholarship

    Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program in the automotive field, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need.

    Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels Scholarship

    $2,500 Renewable

    Deadline: 3/1/2020

    Must be a full time student in pursuit of an associate's degree; be a single working parent with at least 1 child under the age of 12; and demonstrate financial need, enthusiasm for learning and potential for academic success.


    Workforce Development/Transfer Scholarship

    Must plan to earn an associate's degree at KCTCS and/or transfer to an accredited KY public or independent public 4-year institution. A first-year student's scholarship will be renewed for a second year if in good standing. 

    Architectural Technology

    Architectural Technology Alumni Endowed Scholarship

    Buford R. Burchfield Scholarship

    Construction Specifications Institute, Bluegrass Chapter Endowed Scholarship;

    John R. Gove's Scholarship

    Tri-State Roofing and Metal Endowed Scholarship


    Banchtel Scholarship Must be academically inclined, be a full time student,

    and plan to continue in a STEM major after high school


    Todd Louis Musgrave Scholarship

    Must be a business major or have a concentration in retail or marketing and possess a strong spirit and willingness to help others. Preference given to a non-traditional student with past personal and academic struggles. Renewable.


    Katherine Warner Scholarship

    Must be a cosmetology student and demonstrate spirit, confidence, drive, effort, humor, honesty, and tenacity. Renewable.

    Electrical Technology

    Electrical technology Scholarship

    Must be enrolled full time in the electrical technology program. Renewable for a second year if the student is in good standing.

    Fine Arts/Education

    Ferzacca Scholarship Must be a fine arts or education major, have performed community service to benefit those in poverty, demonstrate financial need, have at least a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours. Renewable.


    Health Sciences

    Baptist Health Hospital Endowed Scholarship

    Dr. L.R. Bean Radiology Scholarship

    Kim Knight Endowed Scholarship

    LCC Nursing Endowment Challenge Match Scholarship


    Office Systems Technology

    Elizabeth W. Page Scholarship

    Must be pursuing an associate of applied science degree in office administration

    BCTC Aspire Scholars Program https://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/forms/transfer_center/aspire/

    Must be an African American/Black High School senior; plan to attend BCTC as a first-year student in the Fall of 2018 pursuing a an Associates degree in Arts, Science or Applied Science; a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher with extracurricular involvement in athletics, community and/or student government OR have a 3.0 GPA without extracurricular activities. Must complete the FAFSA to be considered. Priority will be given to PEARL Academy and TIES participants and loan only recipients.

    More Scholarship Resources:

    The Ultimate Scholarship Book

    Check it out at your local public library.

    Bluegrass Community Foundation Scholarship

    Applications are now online. A list of all available scholarships can be accessed by going to: http://bgcf.org/learn/scholarships

    College Board Opportunity Scholarships

    College Board Scholarships


    UNCF Scholarships


    Bonner Scholars Program Students must complete annual service requirements www.bonner.org

    As stipulated by the organization. Awards are geared toward students demonstrating significant financial need.  Scholarship recipients are named Bonner Scholars This scholarship is for students planning to attend one of the 75 participating colleges.

    Bright! Tax Global Scholar Initiative

    2 - $1,000 Awards 

    Rolling deadlines


    A U.S. citizen and will be studying abroad for at least one full semester; minimum GPA of 3.9; selection is based on academic and extracurricular achievement, community involvement, future ambitions and financial need. Scholarship is awarded on an ongoing basis with no deadlines.

    CKSF Scholarships

    Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation


    $250 - $2,500 Monthly awards 

    Applicants must register online with CKSF and complete quizzes on various topics.

    Kids' Chance of Kentucky


    Rolling deadlines

    Full Tuition

    For students who have been affected by a parent or guardian's injury or death. This foundation provides scholarships to children of KY workers who have been hit with this type of tragedy. It is good for 4-year or 2-year technical school. Exemption from Tuition Fees for Dependents of Applicants must be children, stepchildren, adopted.


    Kentucky Veterans


    Children, spouses or unremarried widows or widowers of qualifying Kentucky veterans. The veteran must have died on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability, be 100% disabled from service, be totally disabled with wartime service or be deceased and have served during wartime.

    Golden Door Scholars


    Opens in September

    Full Tuition, room, board for 4 years

    For undocumented high school students or recent graduates; interest in the STEM fields and demon station of strong leadership skills.

    Work Ready KY Scholarship Program


    Upon Application to KCTCS

    Eligibility: This is for Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate's degree afford an industry-recognized certificate or diploma. Approved programs of study include: Health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction.



     Business and Professional Women of KY Foundation Grant


    Award varies

    Deadlines: 4/30/2020; 10/15/2020

    Applicants must be Kentucky residents who are at least 18 years of age. They must be employed or planning a career in the Kentucky workforce and attending an institution of higher learning.


     STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service) 

    On-going resources, support an dscholarships for First Generation College Students

    More Info on STEPS


    College Board Opportunity Scholarships


    Click here to apply for scholarships





    This online guide showcases 20 scholarship opportunities that can make all the difference in affording college.  There is also a list provided of valuable academic and career resources that African American students can use to maximize their success during and after college. 

    Online Guide for Scholarships and other resources 

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