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    Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Inc. presents the:


    The Outstanding Community Service Award for High School Seniors program is designed to reward those students who are making a difference in our community. Multiple students can be selected for the award based on the selection panel's assessment of the nominations. One student will receive the "Most Outstanding Recipient" award for superior community service and will receive a check for $1,000, a certificate, and a copy of the book, Profiles in Courage. The remaining recipients will receive a check for $250 or $100 (based on the selection panel's assessment), a certificate, and a copy of Profiles in Courage. The awards will be presented during each school's awards ceremony at the end of the year.

    All nominations will be DUE APRIL 16, 2021

    Submit applications two ways:


    Outstanding Community Service Award • Community Acton Council • Attn: Camisha Powell •

    P.O. Box 11610 • Lexington, KY 40576

    Scan and email: 


    (Please make sure your sealed transcripts are mailed separately if emailing)

    Questions? Please call Camisha Powell at 859-233-4600 Ext 1412 or email: camisha.powell@commaction.org 




    Scholarship Opportunities 

    Updated 04/09/2021




    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: Collegexpress articles and advice


    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.

    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

    More Scholarship Resources:

    The Ultimate Scholarship Book

    Check it out at your local public library.

    Kentucky Scholarships


    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 or an industry-recognized certificate or diploma. Approved programs of study include: Health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction.



    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 



    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.



    Blue Grass Community Foundation Scholarships (these are designated by: BGCF)

    How to Apply:

    • Online applications are available on the Blue Grass Community Foundation Online Application Portal: https://bgcf.spectrumportal.net/Accounts/LogOn
    • You will need to register as a user on the BGCF Application Portal and request to access of Scholarship Applicant.
    • Once you register, you will see a list of all Available Scholarships and you will need to search to find the specific scholarship opportunity(ies) for which you want to apply.
    • You will need to submit an application for each scholarship for which you are wanting to apply.
    • You do not have to complete the application in one session. You can save your work, logout and return at a later time to complete the application.
    • When you log back in, you can click the My Saved Applications tab and see the application(s) you have started.
    • Read all the directions carefully making sure you gather all the appropriate documentation.




    CIS Community Inspired Solutions

    Deadline: April 15, 2021

    Award: $1,000

    Application: https://forms.gle/KLGPXP$wjm1NjFv17

    Must be a lower or middle-income resident of KY graduating senior and planning to attend any institution of higher learning (college, vocational or trade school); not receiving a full scholarship for any institution; must have at least a 2.5 unweighted GPA; must show involvement in extracurricular activities and/or community service.  Other criteria listed on the website.


    The Lexington Rotary Club - Scholarship Program

    Application: https://tinyurl.com/un9cvxl

    $1,000 - $6,000 - 8 awards

    Deadline: 4/15/2021

    For top scholars - essays required; extracurricular and/or community service. Details on application form. No min.GPA for  1st Generation applicants


    League of Women Voters of Lexington

    Jay Ogden Essay Contest

    Deadline: April 16, 2021  EXTENDED APRIL 30, 2021

    Awards: First Place: $250; Second Place: $150; Third Place: $100; Special REcognition for ESL writing: $100; Honorarium to the teacher/sponsor of each winning writer

    Application: Request by emailing tracy.baker@fayette.kyschools.us

    This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 who are attending any Fayette County Public School or Fayette County homeschooling network in those same grade levels. Essays are to be printed double-spaced, using Times New Roban 12-point font (or equivalent) and should be a maximum of three pages excluding the title page and references, if used. Essays should be fact-based, thoughtful, organized writings.

    Essay Prompt: What is the process for appointment of Justices to the United States Supreme Court and why should citizens stay informed of the process and nominees? 


    Athens-Chilesburg Elementary PTA

    Deadline: April 16, 2021

    Award: $400

    Application: See below

    The qualifications include: Must be a graduating senior at a FCPS High School who attended Athens-Chilesburg Elementary for 3 years, or graduated (5th grade) from ACE. Send a letter telling why you deserve/need the scholarship and a resume to: athenschilesburgpta@gmail.com Recipients will be notified in May. 


    Lafayette Alumni Association, Inc.

    For applications and completed apps: Email: tracy.baker@fayette.kyschools.us

    Award: $8,000

    Deadline: 4/17/2021

    Overall 3.0 GPA; ACT min. 18; must attend a 2 or 4 college full time; must maintain a 2.75 GPA to be eligible for renewal. This scholarship will be awarded to the recipient rather than an institution. Recipient must attend a two or four year college as a full time student.


    Judy Hale Memorial Scholarship

    Fayette County School Nutrition Association

    Deadline: April 16, 2021

    Award: $500

    Application: Request application from: Tracy.baker@fayette.kyschools.us

    Applicants must be a current high school senior in FCPS. Awarding of scholarship is contingent upon graduation at the close of the 2020-2021 school year. Applicant must be attending an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university. Packet must include: One completed scholarship application, including student and building administrator signatures; a list of school and community activities; essay - 500 words or less, type-written and double-spaced; a copy of the acceptance letter front he college or university applicant will be attending in the fall of 2021; one letter of recommendation from an academic source. 


    Student-View Scholarship Program

    Deadline: April 22, 2021

    Award: 1 - $5,000; 3 - $1,000; 10 - $500

    Application: www.student-view.com

    These scholarships are awarded randomly. No minimum SAT/ACT score or GPA. No essay required, No lengthy application forms or fees. 

    Anna Dale Dalton Book Award Scholarship

    From the Beta Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

    Deadline: April 27, 2021

    Award: $500

    Application email: Tracy.Baker@fayette.kyschools.us

    This is for an African American female who: is in good standing with her high school; must be a citizen of the U.S.; must submit a short essay explaining college goals and service to the community; have at least a 3.0 GPA; served the community for at least 25 hours during senior year; and have 2 letters of recommendations by teachers. 


    The Lexington Woman's Club $500 Service Scholarship

    Email: tracy.baker@fayette.kyschools.us for application

    Forward completed application to: dleedy71@aol.com

    Award: $500

    Deadline: 4/29/21

    We are looking for a student who has made an exceptional contribution of time and effort to his or her local community, church, and or/school in the last 2 years. Financial need is not a requirement.


    The Emmanuel "Manny" Caulk Jr. Memorial Scholarship 

    Deadline: April 30, 2021 5:00pm

    Award: $2,500

    Application: https://fayettefoundation.org/caulk-jr-memorial-scholarship/

    Eligibility: All graduating senior who are enrolled in a Fayette County Public High School, who are attending college or a technical/trade school after graduation and who plan to major in a service-related area such as education, nursing, health services, social work etc. Must have a min GPAof 2.5; active in school, community or workforce; write and submit with application a 500 min. word essay  "Why is Community Service Important?"


    McCormick & Murphy P.C.

    Deadline: April 30, 2021

    Award: $500 (one time award)

    Application:  McCormick & Murphy Scholarship

    Must be attending a 4-year college/university or 2-year community college for fall 2021.


    Business and Professional Women of KY Foundation Grant


    Award varies

    Deadlines: 4/30/2021; 10/15/2021

    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.


    Must be in a State represented by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus

    CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship


    Up to $3,000

    Deadline: 4/30/2021

    Applicants must be African American students who have at least a 2.5 GPA, and they must be accepted into a full-time undergraduate degree program. Applicants must show leadership qualities and community service participation.


    George C. Wright LHS Class of '68

    Email: tracy.baker@fayette.kyschools.us for applications and completed apps


    Deadline: 5/07/2021

    Must have an overall GPA minimum of 3.0; ACT of 20; SAT of 1,000; submit transcript with application.


    The Daryl Lee Martin Scholarship

    Deadline: May 14, 2021

    Award: Not indicated

    Application: Pick up in the Counseling Office or email: Tracy.baker@fayette.kyschools.us


    Type your answers to 10 questions which include GPA, honors, awards, brief biography, activities in the community, personal strengths  and weaknesses, etc. The application form, responses, and 2 letters of recommendation should be postmarked by May 14.


    TC Energy Scholarship

    Deadline: May 14, 2021

    Award: up to $5,000

    Pre-Qualify at: https://www.tcenergy.com/community-giving/scholarships/US/#prequalify

    Our scholarships are an easy way to get financial support for school. Now with 800 scholarships available across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, you could receive a scholarship valued at up to $5,000. 


    The Utha Sally Deen Honorary Scholarship

    Deadline: May 15, 2021

    Award: $500 renewable (must reapply every year)

    For application: email tracy.baker@fayette.kyschools.us

    Eligibility: Fayette County High School Senior on track to begin post-high school education in the fall with a major in one of the areas of family and consumer sciences; unweighted GPA of 2.8 or higher; evidence of involvement in family and consumer science activities in school and/or community.


    Promote Your School Scholarship **Sophomores**


    Deadline: May 31, 2021

    Award: $500

    Application: Rules for essay can be found here: https://www.kheaa.com/website/contest/rules with applications being mailed or emailed as directed.

    Must attend a Kentucky high school and eligible to earn KEES $$. Essay entries must be no longer than 200 words.  Essay topic: How I will inspire others to do better OR How education makes a stronger community.


    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship

    Deadline: June 1, 2021

    Award: $500

    Application: https://calvinrosser.com/scholarships/mental-health-awareness/

    Must be a current high school or college student. Must have personally experienced challenges with mental health or have had people close to them who have experienced mental health challenges. Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident. All GPA’s will be considered. All majors are encouraged to apply. To apply, you will set up a student profile on Bold.org and write a 500-1,000 word essay about the following: How has your experience with mental health influenced your beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations?


    MyOrganicCompany Single Parent Scholarship

    Deadline: June 30, 2021

    Award: $1,000

    Application: https://myorganiccompany.store/pages/scholarship

     College acceptance and enrollment will be verified before applications are reviewed. Must be a US citizen or permanent legal resident. Must be a single parent or child of a single parent. All fields of study and GPAs will be considered. To apply, submit a 500-1000 word essay sharing your story based on the questions listed


    S.C.W. DREAMers - 4th Annual Scholarship

    Deadline: July 31, 2021

    Award: $2,500

    Application: S.C.W Dreamers application


    WiseGeek Recent Immigrants Scholarship

    Deadline: September 21, 2021

    Award $500

    Application: https://www.wisegeek.com/recent-immigrants-scholarship.htm


    The WiseGeek Recent Immigrants Scholarship was established to help students who have immigrated to the US on or after January 1, 2010. You must be a US citizen or permanent legal resident.




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