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    Tips for filling out 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: Collegexpress articles and advice

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  • Big Future Scholarships

         Deadlines: Various Dates/Monthly Awards

    Awards: $500 to 40,000

    Earn entries in monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships by completing steps to plan for college. The sooner you start and the more steps you complete, the more chances you’ll have to win. Every month, BigFuture selects two $40,000 winners and hundreds of $500 winners who complete one or more steps.

    Visit https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/bigfuture-scholarships to begin your entry.

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  • Bold.org


    Awards vary

    Deadlines - monthly

    Bold.org is a student scholarship platform introducing 22 new easy scholarships, totalling $66,000 in funding. These scholarships are brand new, no-essay, and have application deadlines every month. High school students at any grade level or GPA are eligible to apply. The awards will be applied directly to their college tuition.

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  • UK College of Arts & Science:  S-STEM Program Scholarship

    Award:  up to $10,000

    Apply at https://forms.as.uky.edu/s-stem-application

    Eligibility Criteria:

    To be eligible for the S-STEM scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

    • be enrolled at least half-time as an incoming first-year Biology or Neuroscience major at the University of Kentucky
    • be low-income, defined as those whose family incomes fall below 125% of federally established poverty levels
    • have at least $4000 of unmet financial need after other sources of aid are applied
    • demonstrate academic potential as defined by an unweighted high school GPA of ≥ 3.65
      OR an unweighted high school GPA of ≥ 3.3 and completion of precalculus or calculus
    • complete the scholarship application
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  • UNCF Scholarships

    Deadline:  Deadlines Vary


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  • College Board Opportunity Scholarships

    Deadlines:  Vary from 06/30/2022 through 02/28/2023


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  • Heisman Scholarship

         Deadline:  October 18, 2022

    Award:  $1,000 to $10,000

    Winning a Heisman High School Scholarship requires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community.  Apply at heismanscholarship.com.  

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  • Kids' Chance of Kentucky

    Deadlines: April 15 and October 30

    Apply at http://www.kidschanceky.org/apply/

    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.

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  • Coca Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

         Deadline: October 31, 2022

    Award: $20,000

    To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be:

    • Current high school OR home-schooled students attending school in one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or select DoD schools who will graduate high school during the 2022-2023 academic school year (students graduating from an American or expat school abroad are not eligible for this award; individuals who have already graduated from high school are not eligible)
    • U.S. Citizens (not Temporary Residents), U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, OR Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility
    • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. college or university

    Applicants may not be:

    • Children or grandchildren of current employees, officers, or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries
    • Children or grandchildren of former employees, officers, or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries who are currently receiving retirement benefits from those entities
    • Students attending school outside of the 50 U.S. states or Puerto Rico (with the exception of students attending select DoD schools; students graduating from an American or expat school abroad are not eligible for this award, even if they meet the citizenship criteria above)
    • High school graduates (if you received a high school diploma prior to the 2022-2023 school year, you are not eligible)
    • Temporary Residents (if your permanent legal residence is outside the U.S., you are not eligible)

    Apply here:  https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/

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  • VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship

         Deadline: October 31, 2022

    Award: $1,000 to $35,000

    Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.  Each year, nearly 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

    The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and find your sponsoring local VFW Post as applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31Download and complete the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy entry form here.

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  • Regeneron Science Talent Search

         Deadline:  November 9, 2022

    Award:  $2,000

    The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022 application is now open through November 9, 2022. Applications are only accepted through the online system and must be properly submitted by the application deadline, which will fall in mid-November of 2022. Regeneron STS identifies future leaders in science, and uses a holistic review process that includes many components. Documents, rules and information regarding the 2023 application can be found at https://www.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts/application-requirements/

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  • National Space Club Scholarship

         Deadline: November 15, 2022

    Award: $15,000

    Since 2013, The National Space Club and Foundation has offered the opportunity for a student to give the keynote address at the National Space Club and Foundation's annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, one of the space industry's most prestigious gatherings. The student must intend to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields, be academically strong and excel in public speaking.

    In addition to speaking at the Goddard Memorial Dinner, the individual selected will also receive a scholarship, in the amount of $15,000. This scholarship is awarded to a U.S. citizen, and is open to seniors in High School through graduate students studying at an accredited educational institution in the United States, who has definite plans to pursue a career in the STEM fields.


    • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
    • The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students.
    • The applicant must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university to follow a course of study to pursue a career in the STEM field, with a preference for those with space related interests.
    • The applicant can only use the $15,000.00 scholarship towards tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year.
    • The applicant must not have previously spoken at the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner.

    Details can be found at: https://www.spaceclub.org/scholarship/index.html


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  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

         Deadline: November 17, 2022

    Award:  Up to $55,000 per year

    The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of nearly 3,200 fellow Cooke Scholars and Alumni.

    Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

    This highly competitive scholarship includes:

    • Up to $55,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school
    • Ability to pursue any area of study
    • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid
    • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2023.
    • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2023.
    • GPA – Earn a minimum, cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
    • Demonstrate Unmet Financial Need – We will consider applicants with family annual gross income up to $95,000. During the selection process, the Foundation will conduct a full financial review which will take into account all income and assets of the student and the student’s parents.

    To apply, visit: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/college-scholarship-program/


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  • Jefferson Scholarship

         Deadline: November 21, 2022

    Award: Up to $333,000

    Jefferson Scholarships provide the entire cost of attendance at the University of Virginia and many supplemental enrichment experiences.

    Successful candidates have demonstrated exceptional leadership talents, an understanding of the broader community around them, and uncommon academic abilities. 

    For information about being nominated for this scholarship, please contact your guidance counselor.

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  • Venus Morris Griffin Scholarship

         Deadline: February 15, 2023

    Award:  $10,000

    For more information, please visit https://vmgfoundation.org/.

    • You MUST be a High School Senior in the United States
    • You MUST have a biological parent that is currently incarcerated
    • Students that are adopted and in foster care that meet all terms and conditions are encouraged to apply
    • You MUST prove acceptance into either an institution of higher learning or a trades program, by March 2023 – Payment shall be made directly to the institution 
    • You MUST show proof of acceptance to attend college  in the next one year and also provide an invoice issued by the institution
    • Only one (1) entry letter is allowed per person/household explaining how having an incarcerated parent has impacted your life
    • All scholarship money MUST be used on tuition ONLY and within the first or second year of high school graduation
    • Winners will be notified by email, posted on vmgfoundation.org and announced in March 2023.


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  • ASHRAE Scholalarship

    Deadline:  May 1

    Award:  $3,000 each (Scholarships are awarded for the academic year following the application deadline and beginning with the fall semester.)

    Four one-year $3,000 scholarships available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in their first year of college in a pre-engineering, engineering, or engineering technology program leading to a bachelor’s degree in a course of study that traditionally has been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession.  Applicants must be high school seniors with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class standing of no less than the top 30% and accepted into an engineering, pre-engineering, or engineering technology program at a post-secondary educational institution that meets at least one of the following criteria:

    • the institution hosts a recognized ASHRAE student branch ASHRAE Student Branches
    • the program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) www.abet.org or the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)  
    • the program is accredited by an agency outside the USA that is a signatory of The Washington Accord or The Sydney Accord
    • the program is accredited by an agency that has a signed Memorandum of Understanding with ABET.

    For a list of accredited programs or schools with an ASHRAE student branch, click on the links provided above.  Contact Lois Benedict at lbenedict@ashrae.org or call 678-539-1120 (direct) with questions.

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  • Bright! Tax Global Scholar Initiative

    Deadlines: November 1 for Spring semester; June 1 for Fall semester


    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.

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  • Forcht Bank Community Impact Scholarship

    Deadline:  November 30, 2022

    Award:  $5,000

    If you have impacted your community, let us know and you could earn one of three $5,000 Community Impact Scholarships from Forcht Bank to assist with expenses at a two or four-year accredited college or university. For additional details and to begin the application process, please visit www.forchtbank.com/discover/community-impact-scholarship. Questions about the application or timeline? Contact Alex Hernandez, Marketing Coordinator, at alhernandez@forchtbank.com.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Current high school senior attending a school in one of the following counties: Kentucky (Knox, Whitley, Laurel, Pulaski, Madison, Fayette, Green, Taylor, Jefferson, Grant, Boone, Kenton); Ohio (Hamilton)

    • Citizen of the United States

    • Have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher

    • Planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States.

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    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!

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

    • ASPIRE Scholars Program$500-$1,000 renewable scholarship for African American high school seniors
      Application Requirements:
      • Completed Admission Application to Bluegrass Community & Technical College
      • Completed Online ASPIRE Interest Form
      • Completed BCTC Scholarship Application Including:
        • Official High School Transcript
        • An original statement that is at least one typed page in length on the following topic: Discuss the value and importance in your life of continuing your education and how it relates to your choosing Bluegrass Community & Technical College.
    • 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
      • 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

    • Biotechnology - Banchtel Scholarship
      • Must be academically inclined, be a full time student, and plan to continue in a STEM major after high school

    • Business - 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.
    • Cosmetology - 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
    • Bluegrass Workforce Scholars Program:
    Administrative Office Technology Air Conditioning Technology
    Biotechnology Business Administration Systems
    Civil Engineering Technology Computer Aided Drafting and Design
    Computer & Information Technology Computerized Manufacturing & Machining
    Construction Technology Criminal Justice
    Diesel Technology Electrical Technology
    Engineering and Electronics Technology Digital Cinematic Arts
    Equine Studies Fire/Rescue Science Technology
    Graphic Design and Library Technology Human Services
    Industrial Maintenance Technology Integrated Engineering Technology
    Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Medical Assisting
    Medical Information Technology Nursing
    Supply Chain Management Welding Technology


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    Kentucky Veterans Tuition Waiver

    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


          Deadline: October 23, 2022

    Full Tuition, room, board for 4 years

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


    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.
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