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A message from KHEAA: 

With college costs increasing each year, it’s more important than ever for you to find financial aid to help you pay for college.

To help you out, we update Affording Higher Education every year so you and your parents have the most up-to-date information available to help you find sources of money to pay for college. “We” are the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, better known as KHEAA. This year’s edition of Affording Higher Education has information about more than 6,100 different sources of financial aid for Kentucky students.

Open the PDF to view numerous scholarship opportunities. 

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(JUNIORS) The Washington Youth Tour (February 14th, 2020)

Inter-County Energy is offering six juniors a one-day trip to Frankfort and a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour Washington D.C. 

Applicants must:

1) Enrolled as a JUNIOR student. 

2) Applicant must submit a Washington Youth Tour Application, Teacher Recommendation Letter, and Transcript by deadline. 

3) Winners will be required to attend the Frankfort Youth Tour on March 17, 2020 as well as the Washington Youth Tour June 19-25, 2020. 

/userfiles/305/my files/washington youth tour.pdf?id=554624


NIAA/KHSADA Student Athlete Scholarship (February 26th, 2020)

In accordance with National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) and the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association’s (KHSADA) purpose to promote, facilitate and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of interscholastic athletics in the educational system, this scholarship program will foster and recognize the partnership between the NIAAA, KHSADA and secondary education. The scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life. 

Applicants must:

  • Applicant must be a Senior
  • Applicant must have achieved at least two (2) of the following:
    •  (a) minimum of B+ average
    • (b) ranked in the top 25% of class
    • (c) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1500 (Math, Reading and Writing)
  • Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
  • Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
  • Applicant must complete attached scholar application (Attached) or it can be downloaded from:
    • http://www.niaaa.org/niaaa-awards/niaaa-student-athlete-scholarship/applicant-information/
  • Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
  • School athletic administrator/director must be an NIAAA member and a member of the KHSADA.
  • The principal or athletic administrator/director must sign the application to ensure that the academic information submitted is accurate
  • All materials must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 26, 2020 and mailed to Kentucky’s NIAAA Liaison. 

 Application Information:

/userfiles/305/my files/2020 niaaa-khsada scholarship application info[1][2].docx?id=554633


/userfiles/305/my files/scholarship-application-2020_fillable copy[2] niaaa.pdf?id=554634


Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation Scholarship (February 28th)

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation will award county and state college scholarships to high school seniors for the current school year.  Scholarships may be applied to tuition, housing, books and other educational expenses.  Payments will be made directly to the college or university of your choice.

To be eligible, applicant must:

  • Be the child of a Kentucky Farm Bureau member and remain such while the scholarship is in force
  • Finish high school within the year they apply for the scholarship
  • For the Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship, applicant's parents must be actively engaged in production ag



(JUNIORS) The Commonwealth Honors Academy (March 1st)

The Commonwealth Honors Academy is an exciting, challenging academic enrichment program for outstanding high school students who have completed their junior year.

All students applying for the Commonwealth Honors Academy should possess the following characteristics:

1) Have earned approximately a 3.5 GPA (on a 4-point scale).

2) Have earned approximately 25 Composite ACT (or the equivalent PSAT, SAT, ACT-Aspire, or standardized test score).

3) Be at least 16 years old, prior to the beginning of the Academy.

To access the application and more information, click the link below:



HOPE 53 Scholarship (March 27th)

HOPE 53 Ministries is a non-profit organization, based in Stanford, KY.  HOPE 53 also has an interest in serving its local community.  To this end, we would like to provide scholarship funds for a graduating senior who plans to attend a Christian college/university and plans to pursue a career of Christian ministry/service.

Amount:  $530 (to be used towards college expenses).  Up to three scholarships will be awarded, to the top applicants from seniors attending any schools located in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, and Rockcastle Counties.  Each scholarship will be $530. 

Deadline:  Application and Letter of Recommendation must be postmarked by March 27, 2020, and should be mailed to:  HOPE 53 Ministries, P.O. Box 326, Stanford, KY 40484

Criteria:  First and foremost, we are looking for a graduating senior who is planning to attend a Christian college/university and pursue a career in Christian ministry/service.  Other criteria may include GPA, school/church/community activities, and recommendation by a church/community leader. 

More information:

/userfiles/305/my files/cover page for 2020 hope scholarship.doc?id=554670


/userfiles/305/my files/2020 hope 53 scholarship application.doc?id=554671


Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (March 3rd)

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides need-based scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who attend college or career training.
Our mission is simple: We Honor Marines by Educating Their Children. To learn more visit: www.mcsf.org.

Eligibility Verification:


Application Link:



Inter-County Energy Scholarship Program (March 10th)

Inter-County Energy is offering six, one thousand dollar Scholarships, in a program designed to enhance the education and future careers of deserving rural students. All interested students are invited and encouraged to apply. Applications can be obtained by contacting the Member Services Department at Inter-County Energy. 

The deadline for entering the scholarship program is March 10, 2020. 

1) Applicants must be an actively enrolled senior. 

2) Applicants must be planning to enroll in an accredited post-secondary educational or training institution of his/her choice. 

3) Applicant's parent or legal guardian must be a resident of inter-County ENERGY'S service area and current member of the cooperative.

/userfiles/305/my files/inter county scholarship.pdf?id=554623


Garrard County Conservation District Scholarship  (March 30th)

The Garrard County Conservation District will present one (1) $500.00 scholarship for the first semester of study to a qualified student graduating from Garrard County High School who plans to enroll in a college, university or vocational educational center this fall.

The criteria that will be used include the following:


  1. Be a graduating student at Garrard County High School this spring.
  2. The student should be either a student whose family derives 50% of their total family income from agriculture, or a student who plans on majoring in one of the following fields, (listed in no particular order):
  1. Conservation and/or Natural Resource Services
  2. Forestry
  3. Vocational education (all related fields)
  4. Plant and Soil Science
  5. Landscape Architecture
  6. Environmental Studies
  7. Agricultural Economics
  8. Agricultural engineering
  9. All other Agricultural Programs not listed
  10. Biology
  11. Chemistry/Physics
  12. Geology
  13. Pre-Law (Focus must be Environmental Law).  This must be explained in the essay.
  14. All other majors (please explain in essay as to why your major deserves consideration).                          

3. Proof of acceptance in the form of an admission letter from a college, university or vocational educational center for the academic semester following high school graduation.  

4. Attach a resume describing all personal and academic achievements.(Please limit to two pages with only relevant material included)

5. Provide an official copy of a current high school transcript.

6. Provide a copy of all ACT and/or SAT test scores.

7. Provide 3 names and/or telephone numbers of individuals who will serve as your references.  At least one of these references must be from a teacher at Garrard County High School.  The others may be from any source.  Failure to provide reference names result in automatic disqualification of the application.  DO NOT ENCLOSE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.  THEY WILL NOT BE READ.  The chair of the scholarship committee or his/her designee will contact the references.

8. Compose a personal statement that outlines why you need this scholarship.  Please focus on career goals, personal and/or financial need and all other factors that you wish the Conservation Board to know about before selecting a scholarship recipient.  Please limit this to no more than one (1) page.NO UNDECLARED MAJORS WILL BE CONSIDERED

9. All applicants must read and sign the enclosed form affirming that all information is true and accurate to their best belief and knowledge.



/userfiles/305/my files/conservation scholarship 2020.rtf?id=554669


Kentucky Education Development Corporation (April 1st)

KEDC established this scholarship to support a student whose financial need is apparent and whose hard work for academic growth is evident. Applicants are asked to explain why they should be the recipient of this scholarship. In addition to why they should be awarded the scholarship, their application should include their hopes and aspirations; the higher education institution they plan to attend, and any additional information they choose to include.

The recipient of the KEDC scholarship shall be held to the following criteria

  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) no lower than 3.0
  • Meet current benchmarks for the ACT as set by CPE in 13 KAR 2:020. ACT (English = 18, Reading = 20, Mathematics = 19)
  • Write an essay demonstrating potential - (Why are you the best fit for this scholarship?)
  • Must demonstrate financial need; disclose other scholarship awards (types and amounts)
  • Recipient is not required to declare any particular major to be an eligible applicant


/userfiles/305/my files/kedc scholarship application 2020.docx?id=554651

Application Documents: 

/userfiles/305/my files/kedc scholarship rubric 2020.docx?id=554652

/userfiles/305/my files/kedc student scholarship criteria 2020.pdf?id=554653


Kentucky Federation of Republican Women (April 1st)

The Kentucky Federation of Republican Women grants a $1500 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior girl who has been politically active within the Republican Party. Must be a registered republican, and plans to enroll at an accredited college or university in Kentucky. 

The complete application must include the following:

Completed application form. 

  • A one-page typed essay about a Republican woman you admire or who has influenced your life and why. 
  • An official copy of your high school transcript, which may be mailed separately. 
  • Two letters of recommendations. 

Click the link below to access the application:

/userfiles/305/my files/kfrw scholarship.pdf?id=554589


Blue Grass Community Action Partnership Community Services Scholarship (April 10th)

The Blue Grass Community Action Partnership is offering a $750 scholarship to provide financial assistance to persons from Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Mercer, Scott, and Woodford Counties. The below guidelines will be followed:

  1. Recipients will be selected on the basis of need, academic record, and the merits of their applications. The recipients will be selected by a panel of Blue Grass Community Action Partnership Staff, Board Members and the Executive Director.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants that meet the income guidelines for the Community Service Block Grant program.
  3. Applicants must reside in the county where the application is filed.


/userfiles/305/my files/csbg scholarship application 2020 .doc?id=554646


Morehead State University

*Students planning to attend MSU in the Fall of 2020*

Click the link below to access department scholarship applications:



Date of Last Update: January 27, 2020.


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