For Kentucky residents, there are several state-based college scholarships that can help lessen dependence on oppressive student loans. With the cost of college tuition rising ever higher, scholarships become an increasingly important way to round out a student financial aid package. The following scholarships are three of the more well-known, Kentucky-specific scholarships.
The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship was launched in 1998 as a way for students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher to better afford a college or technical school education. KEES is funded with proceeds from the Kentucky State lottery, and the awards are administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Authority. The amount of the KEES awards is proportional to the better the GPA of the applicant, with higher GPAs receiving larger scholarships. Applicants do not need to be majoring in a specific course of study to be considered for the scholarship.
Kentucky high school students who intend to enter the field of education and eventually become certified teachers can apply for the KHEEA Teacher Scholarship Program. Award amounts vary; undergraduate freshmen and sophomores can receive up to $625, while juniors, seniors and graduate students can receive up to $2,500. Undergraduates who receive KHEEA Scholarship awards each semester, including summer sessions, are not allowed to receive a total in excess of $12,500. Applicants must be Kentucky residents who will be enrolled full-time at a four-year university, and who have demonstrated financial need. Award recipients are required to teach for one semester in the state of Kentucky for each promissory note they sign, regardless of whether the award is for a semester or a summer session.
The Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund is designed to financially assist Kentucky high school students who intend to take part in state-approved prelicensure nursing programs or graduate nursing programs, with the further intention of becoming professional RNs and LPNs. Award recipients are selected by the NISF committee, and preference is given to students with better-than-average grades and a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship award amount is $1500 per semester, and can the award can be applied toward school expenses and/or living expenses. To be considered for the NISF, an applicant must have already been admitted to a nursing program. Upon successful graduation, NISF award recipients must work for one year as a nurse within the state of Kentucky for each year they received funding. Award recipients who fail to complete their nursing program or their post-award employment requirement are expected to repay their NISF awards with interest.