Scholarship Opportunities 

    Updated 1/14/2021




    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


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    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.

    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.



    Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF)

    Deadline: February 1, 2021 5PM EST

    Award: 4-year grant to attend college of choice

    Application: www.jackierobinson.org


    The JRF Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, JRF Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success Curriculum.” This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of Jackie Robinson, encouraging JRF Scholars to positively impact the lives of others.


    Bertie J. Harris Scholarship

    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated - Kappa Lambda Zeta Chapter - Lexington, KY

    Deadline: February 20, 2021

    Award: $500 (2 awards)

    Application: https://forms.gle/FYgUM6992j4W7dCG6

    Must be a graduating African-American female senior planning to attend a four-year college/university; have at least a 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA; accepted by college for the 2021-2022 academic school year; two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or community leader; Zoom interview. Please attach a headshot or professional selfie (it will not be returned) Write a 1-2 page essay (12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced) on the following:

    • What are your educational and professional goals?
    • How will the scholarship help you achieve these goals?
    • Why should you be selected to receive the scholarship?
    • How will this scholarship benefit you financially?

    If you have any questions, please contact Martha Cumbie at mjcrumbie@aol.com 


    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.


    (BGCF) 16th District PTA Scholarship

    Deadline: March 5, 2021 at 5PM

    Application: Read directions on How to Apply


    The objective of the 16th District PTA Scholarship is to give deserving young people the financial means to continue their education. This non-renewable scholarship is awarded to high school seniors attending Fayette County Public Schools. Eligible applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Scholarships are awarded based on applicant’s financial need, academic achievement, and contribution to the community. The amount of the award varies each year. This scholarship also makes available an additional application for those students with Special Needs. Applying under this category, the student is required to provide their individual Education Plan (IEP).


    (BGCF) CLARK Scholars Scholarship

    Deadline: March 5, 2021 at 5PM

    Application: Read directions on How to Apply

    Award: $1,000 (renewable up to 4 years)


    This scholarship was established by CLARK Material Handling Company to provide $1,000 renewable scholarships to students who can show individual achievement, community awareness and involvement and academic accomplishment. This Scholarship is open to graduating seniors attending public high schools in Fayette County as well as to immediate family members of CLARK employees who reside in Kentucky. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Preference given to first-generation college students. The CLARK Scholars Scholarship provides an award of $1,000 that is renewable for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study.


    (BGCF) Emma E. Buckley Scholarship

    Deadline: March 5, 2021 at 5PM

    Application: Read directions on How to Apply

    Award: $2,500 (renewable up to 4 years)


    This scholarship was established in honor of Emma E. Buckley, a long-time philanthropist in Kentucky. This renewable scholarship is awarded to high school seniors attending Woodford County High School or Fayette County Public Schools who demonstrate significant financial need. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Preference given to first-generation college students. This scholarship provides an award of $2,500 that is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate studies.


    (BGCF) Jane Allen Newman Scholarship

    Deadline: March 5, 2021 at 5PM

    Application: Read directions on How to Apply

    Award: $2,500 (3 awards - renewable up to 4 years)


    The Jane Allen Newman Scholarship Fund awards three scholarships of $2,500 each to high school seniors in Fayette, Harrison, or Union counties, Kentucky with significant financial need who wish to further pursue their education by attending college. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Preference given to first-generation college students. The scholarship is renewable to up to four years of undergraduate study provided that the student maintains a 2.0 cumulative GPA, maintains full time status, and is in good academic standing. 


    (BGCF) Jennifer Leigh Soper Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship

    Deadline: March 5, 2021 at 5PM

    Application: Read directions on How to Apply

    Award: Varies (non-renewable)


    The Jennifer Leigh Soper Scholarship was established by Lee Soper, in memory of his daughter. This scholarship provides a non-renewable scholarship to a college-bound student with cystic fibrosis. Past recipients are eligible to reapply.


    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.

    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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