Updated 1/20/2022

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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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Commonwealth Honors Academy

Murray State University

murraystate.edu/cha

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

Eligibility:

  • 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. 

 

 


Scholarship Opportunities 

Updated 01/20/2022

 

STATE SCHOOLS SCHOLARSHIPS:

University of Kentucky
www.uky.edu
You must apply for all scholarships!

Berea College
www.berea.edu/admissions
Upon acceptance, you receive a 4-year tuition scholarship!

Northern KY University
https://inside.nku.edu/financialaid/programs/scholarships.html
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
www.moreheadstate.edu 
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 
www.murraystate.edu
Must apply separately for scholarships! Check the website!

Western KY University
www.wku.edu
Application for admission serves as application for academic/merit awards. Targeted awards have separate applications found on the website.

University of Louisville
www.louisville.edu
No separate scholarship application is required for academic rewards!!!

Eastern KY University
www.eku.edu
Merit scholarships are automatic with the admission application. Special scholarships do require separate applications found on the website.

KY State University
www.kysu.edu
No separate application for scholarships! Just apply for admission

University of Pikeville
www.upike.edu
With the exception of the Osteopathic Medical School, no separate application for scholarships! Just apply for admission!

BCTC SCHOLARSHIPS
BCTC Scholarship Application
Contact: Christina Bowen 121 Oswald Bldg.
470 Cooper Dr, Lexington, KY 40506
bluegrassfinancialaid@kctcs.edu

  • 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
    • Deadline: March 1, 2022
    • 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

More Scholarship Resources:

The Ultimate Scholarship Book

Check it out at your local public library.

Kentucky Scholarships

 

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

College Board Opportunity Scholarships
https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

UNCF Scholarships
https://scholarships.uncf.org/

Bonner Scholars Program
www.bonner.org/apply

  • 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

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

www.brighttax.com/scholarships.html

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.

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) Scholarships

www.cksf.org

$250 - $2,500 Monthly awards 

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

Kids' Chance of Kentucky

http://www.kidschanceky.org/apply

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

https://veterans.ky.gov/benefits/pages/education.aspx

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

https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/apply-now

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

www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/work_ready?main=1

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.

EduMed

On-Going

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 

Bold.org

https://bold.org/scholarships/easy-scholarships-list/

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.


Fayette County School Nutrition Association

Judy Hale Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Applications in the counseling office 

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.

 

EEqual Scholarship Awards Program

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Applications:  https://eequal.org/scholarships/ 

Awards: Up to $8,000

All applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered eligible for the 2021 EEqual Scholarship:

  • Applicant is a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) who is at least 16 years of age and no older than 23 years of age as of the last day of the Program Period located in the United States or D.C.
    • Citizenship is not a determining factor in your eligibility for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be on-track to apply for or enrolled in an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational program (including accredited two-and four-year colleges, universities, vocational-technical and trade schools).
  • Applicants must have a 2.0 Unweighted GPA or higher to be eligible for this scholarship. 
  • Applicant may be required to complete an interview as part of the application process. 
  • Applicants must be in their last year of high school or have already graduated and at least 16 years of age
  • Applicant must complete the application in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 
  • Applicant must be willing to work with the EEqual leadership team and selection committee throughout the application and award process.
  • Applicant has not previously received the EEqual Scholarship. If you are a current scholarship recipient looking for the renewal of your scholarship, please reach out to your peer mentor. 
  • Applicant understands that funds will be dispersed directly to their institution of higher education. In addition, the applicant understands the funds may only be used for qualified educational expenses (which can include tuition, required fees, books, and course-specific supplies).  
  • must have financial need OR has been verified as a McKinney-Vento student by a MV School District Homeless Education Liaison in their public school district, a student experiencing poverty or homelessness, or part of a family in transition. Parameters on homeless status are defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program (see below).

According to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program, a person is considered to be experiencing homelessness if they “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.” This includes people living in shelters, cars, motels/hotels, campgrounds, or places not meant for human habitation. The definition includes children and youth who are living with friends or relatives temporarily (doubled-up or sharing the housing of others) because they lack permanent housing due to economic hardship.

Please note: This is not an honorary scholarship for students who have experienced homelessness or extreme poverty in the past and overcame their situation. EEqual is looking to support students who are currently struggling and are in need. 

 

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

Deadline: March 4, 2022

Applications in the counseling office 

Award: Varied

How to Apply:

  • Online applications are available on the Blue Grass Community Foundation Online Application Portal: https://www.bgcf.org/scholarships/
  • 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.

 

Cathy Crum Bell $1,000 Scholarship & Amy McVey $1,000 Scholarship

Deadline: March 18, 2022

Award: $1,000

Application: Available in the Counseling Office

These scholarships are open to students who are in their senior year in a FCPS high school and must have been promoted from the fifth grade at Veterans Park Elementary school.

Criteria for awarding the scholarship:
Applications will be evaluated by a committee composed of at least 3 people outside the Veterans Park Community. Two winners will be selected by the committee based on:
● Academic Record/ GPA
● Extracurricular Activities, Achievements, Leadership Abilities
● Clarity of written essay

Applicants should submit the following for consideration:
● An application form (required)
● A 300 – 500-word essay describing a staff member or an event from your time at Veterans Park Elementary that contributed to your success in middle or high school (required)
● Copy of high school transcript: through 7th semester (required)
● Any other information pertaining to extracurricular achievements, demonstration of leadership abilities, etc. (optional but recommended, see criteria)

 

Don Jacobs Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Award: $1,000

Application:

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.

 

Athens-Chilesburg Elementary PTA Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2022

Award: $400

Application: Email letter and resume to athenschilesburgpta@gmail.com

 The Athens-Chilesburg PTA is currently taking application for it's annual $400 scholarship. Qualifications include:

  • Must be a graduating senior at a FCPS high school who attended Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School for 3 years, or graduated (5th grade) from ACE.

Qualified seniors can send a letter telling why you deserve/need the scholarship and a resume to the Athens-Chilesburg PTA at athenschilesburgpta@gmail.com by April 15, 2022.  Recipents will be notified in May.

 

The Mike Thomas/Kamaria Spaulding Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sponsored by: Community Inspired Solutions

Deadline: April 15, 2022

Award: $1,000

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZZ97jHzD3sKhQGesdrukkvP8N7Dbd9VEcNy22cq_kJ4Fp_g/viewform?usp=sf_link

This is a needs-based scholarship that will be given once per year to a student from a lower or middle income-level family who is not receiving a scholarship from any institution.

Applicant Requirements

  • Recipient(s) must be a resident of Kentucky
  • Recipient(s) must be a graduating senior from Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Recipient(s) must complete an essay statement to include the following information: biographical (a little background information about themselves and their family), what their career/major interest is, why they are interested in the particular area/major and how the scholarship would benefit them.
  • Recipient(s) must show involvement in extracurricular activities and/or community service
  • Preference given to first-generation college students
  • Recipient(s) must have an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Recipient(s) must submit a letter of recommendation
  • Recipient(s) will complete an in person interview
  • An unofficial school transcript and documentation of enrollment in educational institutions is required.
  • Participants will be graded on a points system and extra points will be given for someone majoring in Equine or agriculture or to a Legacy of the CIS program.

Lafayette Alumni Association, Inc. Scholarship

2022 Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 17, 2022

Award: $2,000 per year

Application: In the Counseling Office

The Lafayette Alumni Association, Inc. will award a $2,000 scholarship per year to a LHS graduating senior. This scholarship will total $8,000 over four consecutive years.

Applicant Requirements

  • This application must be submitted to the applicant’s designated Lafayette High School Counselor by April 17, 2022;
  • Lafayette High School grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (overall);
  • ACT Test score of 18 or SAT Test score 900-950;
  • Transcript must accompany this application;
  • Recipient must attend a two or four year college as a full-time student;
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 must be achieved each semester (semester one and two) of freshman year, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved and maintained for each semester thereafter for eligibility to renew the scholarship;
  • The scholarship will be awarded to the recipient rather than an institution;
  • At the end of each semester the recipient is responsible for providing his or her transcript (unofficial copy acceptable), and schedule of classes for the upcoming term. These documents are sent to the Lafayette Alumni Association Scholarship Chairperson for review and recipient qualification for scholarship award for the next semester.

 

Amaze Yourself Scholarship

2022 Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 29, 2022

Award: up to $2,500

Application: https://www.landau.com/scholarship

The Amaze Yourself Scholarship is designed to support an amazing, new generation of healthcare professionals dedicated to making a positive social impact by way of healing.  Students who are pursuing a science/healthcare related field may apply for a chance to receive up to $2,500 (1st), $1,500 (2nd), $1,000 (3rd) in scholarship money OR a Landau prize package (4th - 28th). The top scholarship winner will receive 4 packages a year from Landau that will be tailored to their needs as a student.

Applicant Requirements

  • Must follow @landauuniforms on Instagram in order to have application reviewed. 
  • Education Level: Any persons pursuing secondary education.
  • Majors: Any major related to healthcare or science.
  • Age: 17+
  • You must be a legal resident of the 50 UnitedStates and District of Columbia, at least 17 yearsof age, located in the United States or D.C.
  • Additional criteria can be found on the scholarship page and application.