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Guidance - Scholarships

Community Trust Bank Essay Contest for Seniors:

Community Trust is offering an essay contest for Madison County Seniors.  The topic is "What My Community Means to Me".  One winner will be chosen from each participating school in Madison County.  Each winner will receive a $500 scholarship payable to the college or tech school of their choice.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office at Madison Central High School. Essays are due no later than April 30, 2018.


Richmond Human Rights Commission Scholarship:
The Richmond Human Rights Commission will offer two scholarships in the amount of $500.  Students are expected to have demonstrable evidence of leadership in junior and/or senior years and participation in extracurricular activities and/or employment.  There is no GPA or ACT requirement, but students must be in good standing with the school.  Only emailed applications are eligible.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office and must be received by April 27, 2018.
Exchange Club Scholarship:
The Exchange Club of Richmond scholarship opportunity will go to a senior who demonstrates characteristics consistent with the National Exchange Club's mission and vision.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in academic subjects and a minimum ACT score of 24.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office.  All completed forms must be turned into Ms. Saylor, Guidance Counselor at Madison Central High School by Friday, April 13, 2018
LendEDU Information:
In an effort to help students afford their higher education, our team at LendEDU recently updated our guide to college scholarships to help students find relevant opportunities specifically for them.
Within this update, we have added our new search tool where students can filter scholarship opportunities based on their grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship.
On top of this new tool, our resource teaches students and families the importance of searching for scholarships when figuring out how to pay for college. Here is the URL:

Note: You can click the link at the top of the page to jump down to the scholarship search tool.
Here are some other points we cover in the guide:
- Different Types of Scholarships Available
- Applying for Scholarships
- Essay Tips
- Letters of Recommendation Tips
- Spotting Scholarship Scams


Lions Club Scholarship:

This scholarship will go to a graduating senior with special consideration given to applicants who are significantly sight impaired or has an interest in working with special education for sight-impaired students.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office.  The deadline is March 29, 2018.


Career and Technical Scholarships:

The Career and Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund.  Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcame great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution.  Visit the website at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical for additional information regarding this scholarship opportunity.


Redefining Ready National Scholarship:
As part of the Redefining Ready! movement, AASA is partnering with Hobsons to offer the 2018 Redefining Ready! National Scholarship. The scholarship contest allows America's graduating high school seniors the opportunity to tell the world how they are college, career and life ready.

Sixteen scholarships will be awarded to high school graduating seniors, including a grand prize of $5,000. Winners will be based on a 30-second video entry and a short essay (under 250 words) on readiness. Creativity counts, but so does honest, authentic and compelling content.

The scholarship contest is now open and closes on Monday, April 2, 2018. For more information and official contest rules, visit www.redefiningready.org/national-scholarship.


Scholarship Sweepstakes Award: 

It’s not too late to get more money for college. Your students and parents have a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship from Discover Student Loans! The first drawing is April 9, so be sure to have them visit College Covered to enter. Please share Collegecovered.com, a FREE resource on planning and paying for college, with your students and parents.



Various Scholarship Opportunities:

You can find scholarships specific to your Kentucky county at the following website:  https://www.kheaa.com/pdf/pubs/ky/ahe/ahekyscholar.pdf


B.C.T.C. ASPIRE Scholarship:

Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers the Academic Support Program Inspiring to Reach Excellence (ASPIRE) Scholarship.  This opportunity is for African American students who plan to attend BCTC in Fall 2018 and will pursue an Associates degree in Arts, Science or Applied Science.  Students must have a 2.5 GPA with extracurricular involvement in athletics, community and/or student government OR have a 3.0 GPA without extracurricular activities.  Students must also complete the FAFSA.  The deadline is March 30, 2018.


The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) Scholarship:

The CEDIK Scholarship is for any senior student interested in a Health Career.  The link for the scholarship information is https://cedik.ca.uky.edu/Resources.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office and are due April 23rd.


Rotary Scholarship: Due Date Change!

The Richmond Rotary Scholarship is granted to a Senior who is going to Eastern Kentucky University in the fall 2018.  It is $500.00 each semester and is deposited in the student’s account at EKU each semester.  Applications are available in the Madison Central Guidance Office.  The deadline to submit is now Friday, March 30 due to Spring Break.   Completed applications needs to be turned in to Ms. Saylor in the Guidance Office.


Eastern Kentucky University Scholarship Opportunites:

For students interested in attending Eastern Kentucky University, below is a list of various scholarship opportunites through departments and programs at the University:

  • EKU Departmental Scholarships can be found here: 






And finally, tips for applying:  https://scholarships.eku.edu/guidelines


Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship:

The Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship sponsors 4 $1,000.00 scholarship to graduating seniors each year.  Students eligible must have a 2.0 GPA, plan to attend college or vocational school this fall, and your parents/guardians must be a member of the Madison County Farm Bureau Federation for the past 2 consecutive years.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office.  The application deadline is April 13, 2018.



Workforce Development Scholarships:

For students interested in pursuing a career in the Construction Industry please visit the website at https://www.agc.org/learn/education-and-research-foundation/scholarship-program to learn about scholarship opportunities.


Bill Ferzacca Education Scholarship Fund:

The Bill Ferzacca Education Scholarship is awarded to an applicant interested in earning either a BA/BS in Early Childhood Education, or a related field.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office at Madison Central High School.  Application deadline is April 30. 2018.


Richmond Human Rights Commission Scholarship (RHRC):

Richmond Human Rights Commission offers two scholarships for 2018.  Winners will receive $500 for educational purposes.  Students are expected to demonstrate evidence of leadership in junior and/or senior years and participate in extracurricular activities and/or employment.  Thre is no GPA or ACT requirement.  Only emailed applications are eligible.  Deadline for receiving the application is April 27, 2018.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office.



Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute Scholarship (K.M.H.I.):                                                           

The K.M.H.I. scholarship is available to graduating seniors, GED recipients, or students who are currently enrolled in college or tech schools that live in a modular or manufactured home in Kentucky.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office at Madison Central High School.  Completed applications must be postmarked no later than   April 1, 2018.


Taking Back Tomorrow Scholarship:                                                                                                                

The Taking Back Tomorrow Scholarship Fund awards an annual scholarship to one Madison Central High School student, a college-bound high school senior, based on the demonstrated ability to overcome a life obstacle in pursuit of their higher educations.  Completed applications need to be turned into Ms. Susan Cintra, English Instructor at Madison Central High School, in room 3006.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office.  The deadline to submitted the complete paperwork is April 15, 2018.


William Christian Lewis Shadburn Memorial Scholarship:                                                                  

The William Christian Lewis Shadburne Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by Park Community Credit Union. Students must have a 3.2 GPA or higher, proof of acceptance into a college, 2 letters of recommendation, 400 word essay, and the completed application.  Application forms are available in the Madison Central Guidance Office.   Completed applications need to be postmarked by May 5, 2018.



Kentucky Educational Development Corporation Scholarship:

KEDC is excited to once again extend an opportunity for graduating seniors of our member districts to apply for our annual scholarship. We will award at least one $2,500 scholarship for college (2 or 4 year), technical or vocational bound students that meet the criteria set forth:  GPA of 3.0 or higher, meet benchmarks on the ACT (18-English, 19-Math, 20-Reading), essay, demonstrate financial need, and not required to declare any particular major.  The deadline to apply is April 1, 2018 and the recipient will be notified by May 1, 2018.  Applications and criteria can be found in the Guidance Office and can also be found on our website: www.kedc.org (Instruction tab, then Instruction & Leadership tab, then KEDC Annual Scholarship tab).  Essays will be blind scored by a committee made up of KEDC employees and KEDC board members. 


“Seniors Helping Seniors” Scholarship Program:

Bay Alarm Medical (https://www.BayAlarmMedical.com), a leading supplier of medical alert systems for seniors, today announced its 2018 “Seniors Helping Seniors” Scholarship essay program.  The company will be offering three private scholarships to students who devote their time to helping the elderly.  Bay Alarm Medical will award scholarships of $3,500, $2,000 and $1,000 to the three students who submit the best essay describing how working with seniors has shaped their lives. Participating students must be involved in volunteer work with the elderly, or must act as a caregiver for an elderly relative living in their home.  Essays must be submitted by March 31, 2018.  Scholarship winners will be notified by April 30, 2018.  Applications are in the Guidance Office.


Kentucky Federation of Republican Women Scholarship:

The KFRW (Kentucky Federation of Republican Women) grants a $1500.00 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior girl who has been politically active within the Republican Party.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office at Madison Central High School.  Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 2, 2018.


University of Louisville Balanced Man Scholarship:

Each year, Sigma Phi Epsilon is happy to annually present over $3,000 of scholarship to incoming freshman. In the year 2017, the average grade-point-average of the scholarship winners was a 3.85, and these students have gone on to continue their academics very successfully and to positively influence countless individuals. Sigma Phi Epsilon makes a commitment to finding and developing young men who are dedicated to academics, moral fortitude, and community service through our cardinal principles of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love. We believe these principles show in the winners of our scholarship, and will lead to limitless success in their undergraduate careers and beyond.

Potentially through different types of interviews, events, and a formal banquet during the coming summer, applicants will observe these principles in action, and any interest will be met with excitement. However, this award is non-binding, meaning the award winners are not making a commitment to joining a fraternity, or even attending formal recruitment in the Fall. The intention of this award is simply to award young men who embody principles that drive success.  Through the following link, you can find our chapter’s application for the scholarship. If you or any potential applicants have any questions whatsoever, feel free to contact me at bmskybeta@gmail.com / (270)-816-6586.  The deadline is 7/1/2018.

Application: https://www.sigepuofl.org/bms/



Madison County Extension Scholarship:

Information is now available in the Guidance Office regarding the Madison County Extension Homemakers Association offering a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 to a local student.  The recipient must be a senior and plan to major in Family & Consumer Sciences, Agriculture, or Horticulture.  The application is available online at https://madison.ca.uky.edu under the Family Consumer Sciences tab.  Applications are also available in the Guidance Office.  The due date is April 1, 2018.


Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program:

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 11th year.

We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.  Scholarship Deadline   -  June 14, 2018.

Application Process

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:  http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm

Full details are available on our site.


Kentucky Christian University Scholarships:

For those interested in attending KCU, please click on the link to receive information regarding scholarship opportunities available.  To access the application(s) please visit the school website at www.kcu.edu and click on Future Students and then proceed to the Financial Aid link.


Sullivan University:

Madison Central High School and GEAR UP will award two seniors scholarships that are attending Sullivan University.  If you are enrolled to attend Sullivan this coming fall please sign up in the Guidance Office at Madison Central High School to become a candidate for this scholarship opportunity.


AES Scholarship:

The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students.  This award is available to all students, regardless of their field of study.

To be eligible the student needs to answer one of the essay questions that they will find on our site at http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm.  We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted.  The deadline is October 6, 2018.

Amount of award:   $500.00

Further information, including previous winners, is available on our web site at:  http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm. 


Lindsey Wilson College Scholarships:  Please find here various scholarship opportunities available at Lindsey Wilson College.  To view other institutional scholarships, visit www.lindsey.edu/financialaid.


Centre College:  Information and applicatoins regarding scholarships available through Centre College can be found at the following website.  Each Program provides full-tuition or full-cost scholarships.  https://admission.centre.edu/register/PremierScholarship


Bellarmine University Scholarshipswww.bellarmine.edu


EKU Military Science and Army JROTC Scholarship Opportunities:  Please find here information regarding the EKU Military Science and Army JROTC Scholarship Opportunies.


Berea College Information:

You can visit the website at Berea.edu/apply to find information regarding Berea’s Tuition Promise Scholarship.  There is no application fee to apply. 


BCTC Scholarships:  Please find attached here financial information and scholarship opportunities available through Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  For questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 855-246-2477 or email bluegrass-financialaid@kctcs.edu.


Cobell Scholarships:  Merit and need based scholarships are available to qualified students of Native American heritage.  Please visit the website at http://cobellscholar.org/ for more information.


Lincoln Memorial University Scholarships:  Please find attached here scholarship opportunities and information regarding Lincoln Memorial University.  Please note the LMU matches KEES scholarships dollar for dollar so Kentucky students who are eligible for these benefits do not forfeit their KEES money for enrolling in a Tennessee school.



Asbury University: Please visit asbury.edu/visit to find scholarship opportunities and information regarding Asbury University.  You may also contact Greg Bowling, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor at 1-800-888-1818, ext. 2347.




BigSun Scholarship:
The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.


Deadline               -     June 19, 2018    

Amount of Award  -        $500.00

The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..


Please visit our website at  http://www.bigsunathletics.com to learn how to apply.


Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS):

The Work Ready KY Scholarship program provides free tuition for programs deemed high wage, high demand.  The scholarships are available at an of the state's 4-year public universities, schools within KCTCS, or accredited colleges in KY.  Students must first apply for the FAFSA.  Please find information and apply for Work Ready scholarships for students interested in pursuing a certificate or degree in one of the following fields, health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/information technology, and construction trades at www.kheaa.com.



EKU Scholarshipswww.scholarships.eku.edu 

2018 EKU Scholarship Deadlines

February 1 - Priority deadline to be admitted and be considered for incoming Freshman Merit Scholarships for the upcoming academic year

March 1 -

  • Deadline to update scores for incoming scholarship considerations

  • New Horizons Scholarship application deadline

  • Trailblazer Scholarship application deadline

  • Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship application deadline

April 16 -

  • Merit Transfer Scholarship deadline for students starting the Summer 2018 term

  • EKU Foundation Scholarships deadline

May 1

  • EKU Retention Scholarship
  • Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship deadline
  • KHEAA Teacher Scholarship deadline

FAFSA and KHEAA Verify-contact EKU for assistance at 859-622-2361 or finaid@eku.edu



Northern Kentucky University:

The following link provides scholarship information for Northern Kentucky University.  For additional information and other scholarship opportunities visit www.nku.edu/scholarships.


Alice Lloyd College Scholarships:

The following link provides scholarship information and opportunities available at Alice Lloyd College.  You can receive an application packet by contacting 1-888-280-4252 or visiting the school website at www.alc.edu


Sullivan Univerisity Scholarships:  You can find information and opportunities available through Sullivan University at https://sullivan.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/high-school-scholarships.pdf.  Take a moment to review the documents, especially the Jump Start Program that is offered to seniors. 


HONORSGRADU Scholarship:

The HonorsGradU Design a Better Future $10,000 2018 Scholarship

For 5 years, every time we've raised the bar for our scholarship, students have surpassed it! So, this year we're upping the challenge once again. To demonstrate our continued belief in students' phenomenal ability to use their learning to better the world around them, we created the:

HonorsGradU Design a Better Future $10,000 Scholarship


Whether through essays or multimedia, students have used their voices to share visions for a better world. So, here's their chance to put them to action! We're asking high school seniors to submit a proposal for how they'll better their communities. Because this will be a much more rigorous process with multiple rounds, we're also raising the bar for tuition awards: from five $1,000 tuition awards to five $10,000 tuition awards! We will also fund the top project up to $5,000.


We will be breaking the process into 3 rounds, using the principles of design thinking:

  1. Design and submit your ROUND 1 proposal:
    • First 3 stages of design thinking Launch cycle
    • Students submit overall proposal based on the Ford Institute community building principles
    • We select applications based on their completion, seriousness, and viability, offering feedback for those approved to move on to round 2.
    • Deadline: February 11, 2018, 11:59 MST
  2. Design and submit your ROUND 2 artifact:
    • Next 3 phases of design thinking launch cycle (all but the final launch)
    • Students submit an artifact representing their progress and learning
    • We give additional feedback
    • Deadline: March 18, 2018, 11:59 MST
  3. Design and submit your ROUND 3 reflection:
    • LAUNCH phase of design thinking launch cycle.
    • Students submit a final reflection that shares how their project is doing one of the following: 1) increasing connections, 2) building capacity, or 3) taking community-led action. They also share their ideas for acquiring further funding, in addition to the $5,000 from HGU if selected as the top finalist.
    • Include a video of yourself working on your project
    • Deadline: April 15, 2018 at 11:59 MST.

We will select 5 winners to receive $10,000 tuition scholarships to their colleges, with the top one receiving $5,000 funding to launch their project into the design thinking cycle once more during the summer of 2018 to maximize impact.

Here is a link to anything else you may need to know to tell your students about our scholarship, including a digital form for them to submit their projects: www.honorsgradu.com/scholarship.  The deadline is April 15, 2018.

Thank you, and please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions!
Lindsay Mecham
Scholarship Marketing Chair
Honors Graduation, LLC
Phone: 801-852-2339
Email: scholarship@honorsgraduation.com


University of Kentucky Scholarships:  https://www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-incoming-freshmen


Baldwin Wallace University:

Please find attached financial information and opportunities available at Baldwin Wallace University.  You can apply to the liberal arts school for free at www.bw.edu/apply


UPS Kentucky LOOP Program:

Please find attached information associated with the UPS Kentucky LOOP – Earn and Learn Program.   This is a  great opportunity for students interested in working part-time, going to school and the capability of graduating debt free (must meet program guidelines listed in the attached documents).


University of Pikeville Scholarship Information:

If you would like more information on UPIKE – University of Pikeville, please see Ms. Saylor in the Guidance Office.


Midway University Scholarship Information:

Midway University offers a variety of scholarships for college students. Below is an overview of our Undergraduate Institutional merit, talent and academic scholarship programs. Our Admissions Office and Financial Aid Office are happy to discuss these with students during campus visits, open houses or by calling or scheduling an appointment.

We also have college scholarship information specific to transfer students, athletes and a special leadership scholarship:

Transfer Scholarships (Evening/Online Students)

Athletic Scholarships

Ruth Slack Roach Leadership Scholarship

Institutional Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

For scholarship consideration, students must be enrolled as an Undergraduate student and attend full-time. Scholarship eligibility is determined during application and admission to Midway University. Most institutional scholarships are renewable for up to four years when a student meets the renewal requirements outlined for the specific award.


Merit Scholarship

Merit Awards for Incoming Freshmen

Award: up to $11,000 per year


Strong high school academic performance

Awards available for residential and commuter students


Talent Awards

Choral Scholars

Award: up to $2,000 per year


On-campus audition

Choral Scholars Program applications have a priority deadline of April 1

Participation in all choral programs


Legacy Scholarship

Award: up to $2,000 per year


Students with a sibling, parent, or grandparent who graduated from Midway University


Disciples of Christ Scholarship

Award: up to $2,000 per year


Students who are members of the Disciples of Christ church


Governor’s Scholars Scholarship

Award: up to $4,000 per year (available to new freshman only)


Students who have completed Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) or Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA)


Please visit the school website for additional scholarship information:




University of the Cumberlands:

Academic money starts at about $4,000 with a 2.5 & 18 and goes all the way up to full tuition at $23,000 with a 3.5 GPA or above and 32 on the ACT.  http://www.ucumberlands.edu/admissions/aid/scholarships


E.K.U. Foundation Scholarship Opportunities:         http://scholarships.eku.edu/foundation


Bluegrass Community and Technical College Information:

Visit BCTC’s campuses! Our Visitor Center, located at the Cooper campus (next to The University of Kentucky), provides one-on-one and large group tours for perspective students, Monday through Friday.  The visits consist of an informational presentation that includes general college information, available services to support their academic success, and admissions and financial aid information. We also review transfer information and partnership programs with universities around the state, including The University of Kentucky. Following the presentation, students have an opportunity to see our facilities.   Students interested in visiting campus, please call 859-246-6247 or email me at dan.pauley@kctcs.edu and I would be happy to arrange a visit.


University of Kentucky Information:  https://www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarships


Sallie Mae FAFSA Info

October 1, 2017 kicks off the new 2018-2019 FAFSA filing season.  


For more details on the 2018-19 FAFSA, visit SallieMae.com/FAFSA as well as additional college planning tools, are available at SallieMae.com/PlanForCollege.


Morehead State University Scholarship Information:

Find attached In-State Student Scholarship information for Morehead State University.  Please review the eligibility criteria and application deadline dates for the various scholarship opportunities.


Senior Information Web Sites:


To check on KEES money:  www.kheaa.com


Federal Financial Aid (grants/loans/work study):  www.fafsa.ed.gov


To Request a transcript:  www.parchment.com


Scholarship web search:








For EKU Academic Scholarship applications and information:  www.scholarships.eku.edu


Remember that you SHOULD NEVER have to provide a credit card number or other bank account data to receive information about scholarships and financial assistance.