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    Commonwealth Honors Academy

    Murray State University


    Deadline for application is March 1, 2022

    • Receive six (6) hours of honors-level university studies credit
    • have the opportunity to take an additional six hours of tuition-free university courses at Murray State University during their senior year; and
    • be awarded a four-year $2,000 renewable housing scholarship to attend Murray State University


    • completed the junior year of high school
    • a composite ACT of approximately 25 (or equivalent on the SAT, PSAT, or ACT ASPIRE),  and a 3.5 GPA on the 4.0 scale
    • other credentials, such as community involvement, class rank and teacher recommendations, that are taken into consideration in the selection process.

    Potential CHA applicants should take the ACT no later than December 2021 to qualify for the Academy. 



    The Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadershp is currently accepting applcations for the 2022 "Youth Salute". To qualify, a student must:

    •  Be a high school junior

    •  Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA through their sophomore year

    •  Have held or currently hold TWO LEADERSHIP ROLES within the past two years in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.

    Studentas accepted into the program will be saluted in a photographic nammer display at school and online media graphics. Over $90,000 in scholarships and awards will be awarded. 

    Application deadline is December 12, 2021. 

    Only online applications will be accepted: centralky.youthsalute.com/apply




    Scholarship Opportunities 

    Updated 09/20/2021



    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: March 1

    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.


    Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

    Application Period: September 1 – November 18, 2021

    Award: up to $55,000/year

    Application: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships

     Current High School seniors are eligible for this scholarship; up to $40,000 per year to complete your Bachelor’s degree, opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school.


    P.E.O. STAR Scholarship

    Deadline: 9/10/2021

    Award: $2,500

    Must be nominated by a counselor; graduating female, exhibit excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities; community service and academics. Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada; be recommended by a P.E.O. chapter. Please write a one-page essay that would convince the chapter to consider you as a national nominee. All prospective candidates must submit their essay no later than September 10, 2021 emailed to: DSUTUK@AOL.COM


    Quest Bridge

    The National College Match

    Deadline: September 28, 2021

    Application: www.questbridge.org

    Full Scholarships to 45 top colleges worth over $200,000 each for academically outstanding high school seniors from low-income backgrounds.

    The “No Sweat” Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2021

    Application: https://www.cirkledin.com/scholarships

    Award: $2,500

    No income or GPA requirements and no long essay. Use award for any educational need.


    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

    International High School Essay Contest

    Deadline: October 15, 2021

    Application: https://oppf.org/international-high-school-essay-contest/

    Award: 1st place $5,000; 2nd place $3,000; 3rd place $2,000; 4th place $1,000

    This contest is open to all college-bound high school seniors who submit an essay application through a Chapter of the Fraternity.

    When submitting application, it MUST BE SENT TO THE LOCAL CHAPTER:

    Local Chapter Name: Psi Tau

    Bro. Samuel Meaux  stmeauxjr@twc.com


    Business and Professional Women of KY Foundation Grant


    Award varies

    Deadlines: 4/30/2022; 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.

     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.

    Coca-Cola Scholarship Program

    Deadline: October 31, 2021

    Award: 150 awards of $20,000 each

    Application: https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/

    Be a current high school student attending a school in the U.S. who will graduate in 2022.


    In Memory of The Martha Patton Clarke Scholarship

    Award: $1,500

    Deadline: November 1, 2021

    Application: https://www.emergingpearlsfoundation.org/clarke-scholarship-application

    Eligibility: must be an African-American college student or high school senior; must reside within 90 miles of Kentucky State University; must be planning to attend Kentucky State University in Winter/Spring of 2022 or Fall 2022.


    Forcht Bank Community Impact Scholarship

    Deadline: November 30, 2021

    Application: https://www.forchtbank.com/Discover/Community-Impact-Scholarship

    Award: 3 awards of $5,000 each

    This scholarship is a one-time payment to the student and each year a new set of students will be selected as winners to assist in expenses tied to secondary education. Applicants much meet the following guidelines: Unweighted GPA of at least 3.0; planning to attend an accredited two or four-year college/university in the U.S.


    The Kentucky Concrete Association

    KCA William T. Robertson High School Essay Scholarship Contest

    Deadline: December 3, 2021

    Award: $2,000

    Application: https://forms.gle/DdRHww8AaAtFQ9mFA

    The William T. Robertson High School Essay Contest is open to all Kentucky resident High School Seniors. Students must me graduating in the 2020-2021 school year, essays must address the prompt directly, essays must be written by a single student and shall not be collaborative in nature, essays must be submitted using the online submission form, essays must be limited to 600 words.

    Prompt: It’s the turn of the 21st Century…how is the resilience and durability of concrete contributing to your local community or the world?


    Fayette County School Nutrition Association

    Judy Hale Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2022

    Applications in the counseling office OR email: tracy.baker@fayette.kyschools.us

    Award: $500.00

     Applicant must be planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Complete the application packet including: One completed Scholarship application, including student and building administrator signatures; a list of school and community activities; essay – 500 words or less, typewritten and double-spaced; a copy of the acceptance letter from the accredited college/university in which the applicant will be enrolled in the fall 2022 term; one letter of recommendation from an academic source.

    Lexington Lions Club Scholarships

    Deadline: March 1, 2022

    Applications: In the counseling office

    Awards: 1st place - $5,000

                   2nd place - $3,000

    Every high school will have at least one $1,000 winner

    Celebrating a student who has demonstrated outstanding community service, academic achievement and leadership who truly represents the Lions Club motto “We Serve.” Eligibility includes high school seniors in the six Fayette County High Schools who demonstrates outstanding community service and are recommended by their high school.


    Don Jacobs Scholarship

    Deadline: March 31, 2022

    Award: $1,000

    Application: https://donjacobs.wufoo.com/forms/kr98zya1mjusaj/

    Contact: Ashley.wilson@donjacobs.com for more information

    This scholarship is open to any graduating senior planning to attend a college or technical school in the Fall of 2022. All majors are encouraged to apply. One senior from EACH of the Fayette County High Schools will be awarded $1,000. 


    Kentucky Federation of Republican Women

    2022 Scholarship Program

    Deadline: April 1, 2022

    Award: $1,500

    Application: In the Counseling Office


    The Kentucky Federation of Republican Women grants a $1,500 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior girl who has been politically active with the Republican Party. The qualified application will graduate from a Kentucky high school in 2022, is or will be a registered Republican, and plans to enroll at an accredited college or university in Kentucky.



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