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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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KSBA First Degree College Scholarship Program (Deadline November 12th)

The Kentucky School Boards Association will fund two $2,500 scholarships for eligible Kentucky high school seniors. 

Applicants must:

  • Be a high school senior, planning to attend college
  • Be from an immediate family who has not earned a college degree
  • Have obtained an ACT reading score of at least 20. 

/userfiles/305/my files/ksba first degree college scholarship program.pdf?id=554193


The Hagan Scholarship (Deadline November 15th) 

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. Recipients must graduate from a public high school located in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents and enroll at a four-year college or university the first semester following high school graduation.

Scholarship Information: 

/userfiles/305/my files/hagan scholarship foundation.pdf?id=554188

Link to Applicaiton: 



EKU Dr. Rodney Gross & Diversity Office Scholarships Application (Deadline December 1st)

The Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship program provides scholarships to applicants based on a holistic evaluation of academic achievement, including high school/college grade point average and test scores, a personal essay, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation. The program is intended for students pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degree.  Incoming freshman students must have a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher with extracurricular support in athletics, community and/or student government services OR have a 3.0 grade point average or higher without extracurricular activities. If the student is a current EKU or transfer student, a minimum of a 2.5 college GPA is required.

Steps to Apply:  Students must complete the e-Application form through EKU Direct by the March 1 application deadline; priority deadline is December 1st. Incomplete applications will not considered.

  1. Sign in to EKU Direct. If this is your first time logging in to EKU Direct, please see the directions on how to log in here. You should have received your EKU ID number in your EKU acceptance letter. If you do not have your EKU ID number, please contact Admissions at (859) 622-2106.
  2. Select the "Student Services & Financial Aid" tab
  3. Select "Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship Application" to complete the e-application

Scholarships recipients will be selected and notified in writing by the University Scholarship Committee.



Louis Stout Memorial Scholarpship (Deadline January 12th)

When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service. The award process for 2018-2019 is now underway.

Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through Friday, January 12, 2019. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. Minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement and a member of the 2018-2019 senior class.

Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded to 2018-2019 seniors. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. Minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities and a record of community service/involvement. Applicants with a knowledge of Mr. Stout and his accomplishments will be noted.



(ALL STUDENTS) Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (Deadline January 20th)

This program brings teens from across the state into a three-week residential program, immerse them in a creative space and arm them with the tools needed to unleash their innate entrepreneurial spirits for the betterment of Kentucky. 



Agriculture Athlete of the Year Scholarship  (Deadline January 22nd)

 The Kentucky Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Kentucky High School Athletic Association will award (4) $1000 scholarships and (2) $2000 scholarships (one male and one female), to the Outstanding Ag Athlete of the Year who are 2018-2019 seniors and involved in agriculture. 
The six recipients will be named “2019 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year” and awards will be presented at the 2019 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen in March at Rupp Arena. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS is January 22, 2019. 


  • High school graduating senior
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale, if weighted, GPA must be converted to 4.0 scale by counselor)
  • Accepted to a higher education 2 year, 4 year or trade school institution (Though an Agriculture major is not required and preference will be given to Kentucky colleges, out of state schools will be considered if seeking specialized degree in the Agriculture field)
  • Submission of all fields requested on this application


  • Two letters of recommendation (1 touching on your impact in Agriculture and 1 touching on your impact in athletics)


  • 3 pictures illustrating 1) involvement in sports, 2) involvement in agriculture and 3) a head and shoulders picture (i.e. school picture)
  • A copy of acceptance letter of the institution you will be attending and/or class schedule for 1st semester.



National Beta Club Scholarship (January 24th)


The National Beta Scholarship Program offers over $300,000 in scholarships to outstanding Beta members in their 12th grade year. Over 250 scholarships are awarded each year, ranging in value from $1,000 to $20,000.

Applicant must: 

  • Be a 12th Grade Student
  • Be an active National Beta member (duly registered with national headquarters by November 1). 
  • Demostrate leadership, have commendable character, and particpate in school and community service. 



JUNIORS- Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship: STUDENT CONGRESS (January 25th)

The week-long High School Student Congress gathers fifty rising high school seniors together with lawmakers, academics, journalists, and business leaders to learn about the political legacy of Kentucky’s greatest statesman and compromiser, Henry Clay, and how to apply this legacy in every aspect of their academic and professional activities. Carefully-chosen guest speakers engage with the students throughout the week, and students participate in an intensive curriculum and political exercise designed by the Henry Clay Center staff and our academic partners at Transylvania University.

Applicant must:

  • Be a junior
  • Interest in publice service 

Link to Applicaiton information document: 

/userfiles/305/my files/henry clay center-student congress.pdf?id=554194

Link to Application:

/userfiles/305/my files/2019-high-school-student-congress-application (1).pdf?id=554195

*Turn in applications to Ms. Arnold, by January 25th*


Civil Engineering Scholarship (Deadline February 1st)

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Civil Engineering Scholarship Program began in 1948.  Currently there are 80 scholarship openings each year and they are filled with returning students and new students.  KYTC awards 10-20 scholarships to new students each year who are either attending or planning to attend the University of Kentucky (UK), Western Kentucky University (WKU), or University of Louisville J. B. Speed School of Engineering (UofL) to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE). Students may also attend pre-engineering courses at Kentucky State University (KSU), Kentucky Community and Technical College System, or other Kentucky state colleges or universities, and then finish their Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering at UK, WKU, or UofL. 

The Civil Engineering Scholarship can be worth over $51,000! Some of the benefits during and after completion of the Scholarship Program are:

4-year scholarship

$6,200/semester for freshmen and sophomores
$6,600/semester for juniors and seniors

Job placement after graduation

A potentially rewarding and lucrative career

Scholarship Qualifications
All scholarship recipients must be graduates of an accredited Kentucky high school, or high school graduates who are residents of Kentucky, and must meet the admission requirements of the university and its respective  engineering department. It is anticipated that successful applicants for scholarships will have qualifications considerably higher than the minimum required for acceptance into the Department of Engineering.

/userfiles/305/my files/civil engineering scholarship.docx?id=554241


JUNIORS-Washington Youth Tour Application (Deadline February 6th)

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

Applicants must:

  • Be an actively enrolled junior in good standing.
  • Submit application, transcript, college resume. 
  • Attend the Frankfort Youth Tour in April. 

Link to Application:

/userfiles/305/my files/washington youth tour application.pdf?id=554191


Proud Scholars Scholarship (Deadline March 1st) 

This award is open to Graduating High School Seniors, GED recipients, or college students ages 17 to 24 who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender or are the child of LGBT parents.

/userfiles/305/my files/proud scholar scholarship.pdf?id=554187


EKU Alumni Legacy Scholarship & Tuition (Deadline March 15th)

Future and current students of Eastern Kentucky University whose parents, step-parents, grandparents, or spouse graduated from EKU may apply for the EKU International Alumni Association Scholarship.



Inter-County Energy Scholarpship (Deadline March 8th)

Inter-County Energy is offering six, one thousand dollar scholarships in a program designed to enhance the education and resulting careers of deserving rural students. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.

/userfiles/305/my files/inter-county scholarship program.pdf?id=554192


Kentucky Federation of Republican Women (Deadline April 1st)

The Kentucky Federation of Republican Women grants $1,500.00 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior girl who has been politically active within the Republican Party. 

  • Applicants must:
  • Be a high school senior girl, graduating in 2019
  • Is or will be registered Republican 
  • Plans to enroll at an accredited college or university in Kentucky

/userfiles/305/my files/kentucky federation of republican women scholarship.pdf?id=554189


EKU Foundations Scholarships (Deadline April 15th)

The Eastern Kentucky University Foundation, through the generosity of its donors, offers a VARIETY of scholarship opportunities to deserving students.  EKU Foundation scholarships are awarded through the University Scholarship Office and at college and department levels.   New and renewable awards of EKU Foundation scholarships are subject to available funds each year.   


How to apply:

  1. Sign in to EKU Direct
  2. Select the "Student Services & Financial Aid" tab
  3. Select the "Foundation Scholarship Application" to complete the e-application


Date of Last Update: November 12, 2018


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