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Kentucky, USA College Scholarships Applications, Requirements

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Here are some college scholarship opportunities accepting applications from Kentucky students.

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The average Kentucky student pays $10,888 a year in college tuition and fees, eclipsing the national annual average around $1500.

the the price of college education is rising across the United States, and students are looking for ways to foot the bill and avoid private and federal loans.

The free Federal Student Aid application allows students to be considered for a variety of scholarships, including the College Access Program Grant and the Kentucky Tuition Scholarship.

The FAFSA closes June 30 for the 2022-23 academic year. It opened on October 1, 2021 for this cycle, and corrections or updates must be made by September 10.

Nominations should be made in Kentucky as soon as possible after October 1, as awards are given while funds are exhausted. Fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible to have the best chance of getting the most benefits you are entitled to.

Outside scholarships are available to supplement any federal aid, and some opportunities are unique to Kentucky residents. We’ve rounded up a few that are still accepting applications as of April 19.

Here’s what to complete besides the FAFSA for more help.

Kentucky Scholarships

Nursing Scholarship Fund

Rising: $1,500 per semester

Application deadline: June 8

Who is eligible:

  • Kentucky Residents

  • Accepted and enrolled in a nursing program: pre-licensure (registered practical nurse, registered nurse, bachelor of science in nursing), bachelor of science in nursing, graduate program or certificate program

  • Enrolled in a term beginning after August of the year of application and not ending their courses before November of the same year

  • Able to complete a minimum of nine credit hours for graduate programs or 12 credit hours for pre-bachelor or BSN completion programs. Credit hours can be spread over spring, summer, and fall semesters.

What is required:

Here’s where to apply.

Scholarship Program for Teachers

Rising: Up to $2,500 per semester

Registration deadline: May 2nd

Who is eligible:

  • Kentucky Residents

  • US citizens

  • Be admitted to a teacher education program pursuing initial teacher certification at a participating Kentucky college or be a certified teacher pursuing additional certification for classroom teaching

  • Demonstrate financial need

  • Meet the school’s satisfactory academic progress requirements

What is required:

  • Teach one semester at a certified public or non-public school in Kentucky for each semester of scholarship received

  • Complete teacher training program

Here’s where to apply.

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program

Amount: The remaining balance after subtracting federal and state grants and scholarships from tuition and fees assessed by the student’s eligible institution

Registration deadline: Rouler. Prizes are awarded until funds are exhausted.

Who is eligible:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Resident of Kentucky
  • High school graduate, or enrolled/completed GED program
  • Eligible fields of study for the 2021-22 year, including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction

What is required:

  • The FAFSA must be completed with the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship application.
  • Applicant must not have completed an associate degree or higher.
  • Must be enrolled or accepted at an eligible post-secondary institution

Here’s where to apply.

Scholarships available across the United States

North American Network Operators Group Scholarship Program

Rising: $10,000

Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m. CDT May 18 (Sponsor reserves the right to close the program early when 50 applications have been received. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.)

Who is eligible:

  • Current post-secondary undergraduate or graduate student

  • Pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Network Engineering, or Telecommunications (for graduate students only)

  • Plan to enroll in at least six credits at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

What is required:

  • Current and complete transcript

  • 500-word statement describing the impact of the scholarship money on your academic career

  • An online recommendation form, which must be submitted on your behalf by 3 p.m. CDT on May 21

Here’s where to apply.

Naviste Next Steminist Fellowship Program

Rising: $10,000

Application deadline: 3 p.m. CDT on May 17

Who is eligible:

  • Identify yourself as a woman

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  • 25 or younger by May 17

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00

  • Undergraduate/graduate student or current undergraduate student enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university in the 2022-23 academic year

  • Eligible Majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Hardware Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Game and Interactive Media Design, Information Systems, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Systems Engineering

What is required:

  • Current and complete transcript

  • Unlisted 60-second YouTube video outlining your dream career in science, technology, engineering, or math

  • An online recommendation form, which must be submitted on your behalf by 3 p.m. CDT on May 20

Here’s where to apply.

The Ralph Center Art Scholarship: Promoting Diversity in the Arts

Rising: $5,000

Registration deadline: 1st May

Who is eligible:

  • Applicants from at least one of the following ethnicities: African American, Native American, Hispanic, Latino, or Asian, and Pacific Islander

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  • Current high school, undergraduate or graduate student

  • Intends to enroll as a full-time student in the fall

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00

What is required:

  • Current or most recent GPA

  • ACT or SAT score

  • Description of extracurricular activities, awards, sports, work-related endeavors, etc.

  • Answers to scholarship questions, including top three core values, defining life time, obstacles

  • Two to three minute video

Here’s where to apply.

Against The Grain Production Art Grant

Rising: $1,000

Registration deadline: May 31st

Who is eligible:

  • High school, undergraduate or graduate student

  • Ethnicity must be at least 25% Asian American and/or Pacific Islander

  • Eligible majors: film, theater, fashion, photography, graphic design, dance, music, journalism, mass communication, etc.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0

What is required:

  • Demonstration of leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities

  • Transcription

  • Art portfolio

  • To resume

  • Letter of recommendation

  • Essay with 500 words or less

Here’s where to apply.

Leading with the Language Teacher Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,500 per academic year, renewable for three years after initial award

Application deadline: 5 p.m. EST on May 27

Who is eligible:

  • High school

  • Accepted and planning to attend an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, leading to a language teacher credential

  • Have completed at least two years of study in the same language in high school or present documentation of proficiency results

  • GPA of 3.0/4.0

What is required:

  • High school transcript

  • college admission letter

  • Personal essay of 200 words or less

  • Letter of recommendation from your high school language teacher

Here’s where to apply.

Please note: the scholarship requirements are not exhaustive. Visit each scholarship’s website for complete application information.

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This story was originally published April 19, 2022 4:19 p.m.

Meredith Howard is a duty reporter at the Belleville News-Democrat. She graduated from Baylor University and previously freelanced for the Illinois Times and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.