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University of Kentucky   

You must apply for all scholarships.

Berea College   

Upon acceptance, you receive a 4-year tuition scholarship.

Northern KY University                                             

Must complete the freshman scholarship application if  the scholarship is coming from the Office of Student Financial Aid. All other scholarships must be applied through their specific office.

Morehead State University    

No separate application necessary! Just apply for admission. EXCEPTION:  The Diversity Opportunity Scholarship and Black Achievers Scholarship application is separate and must be applied for! The scholarship is valued at full tuition for first-time freshman or as a transfer student with less than 24 total semester hours.December 1st for Diversity Scholarships

Murray State College 

Must apply separately for scholarships! Check the website.

Western Kentucky University 

Application for admission serves as application for academic/merit awards. Targeted awards have separate applications found on the website.

Univeristy of Louisville  

No separate scholarship application is required for academic rewards.

Eastern Kentucky 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


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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

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.

Bluegrass Community Foundation Scholarship

Applications are now online. A list of all available scholarships can be accessed by going to:

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board Scholarships

UNCF Scholarships

Bonner Scholars Program

Students must complete annual service requirements

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


STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service) 

On-going resources, support an dscholarships for First Generation College Students

More Info on STEPS

College Board Opportunity Scholarships


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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 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.

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship

Deadline: 9/21/2020

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 recommneded 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 21, 2020 emailed to:

The Huggable Supermom Scholarship

Deadline: 12/31/2020

Award: $1,000

Application: Huggable mom application

Just for Lafayette High School students! Huggable is giving away a $1,000 scholarship for high school students who have been impacted by a single mom or who are a single mom themselves.

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

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Award: $2,500

Application: S.C.W Dreamers application

College Peas Scholarship

For the student who has something special that makes them different from their peers.  They recommend engaging in a non teenager activity.    


Links to 70 online scholarship sites.  Also has lists of historically black colleges, colleges for women, career colleges, as well as other college and career resources.    


College matching and scholarship matching tools.  A good, comprehensive, site for many college related subjects.    

Princeton Review

Information about SAT Prep, applications, scholarships, college searches, etc.    

Fast Web

Easy to use site for college scholarships.  

College-Bound Student-Athletes



NCAA - Division I, II and III

2020-21 Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete - Create a Certification Account to play make official visits to Division I and II schools. Creat a Profile page if you plan to compete at a Division III school.