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Guidance - Scholarships

CLEP allows students to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by achieving qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations. Not all colleges have the same CLEP policies - some colleges accept credit for a few exams, while others accept credit for all of them. A college often grants the same amount of credit to a student who earns satisfactory scores on a CLEP exam as it does for a student who successfully completes the related course. Only colleges may grant credit toward a degree, not CLEP.
Resource Center: https://groups.collegeboard.org/clep/
Cost: Varies according to each college (ex.: EKU: $112, U of L: less than $130)
Tuition Promise Scholarship - Every admitted student is awarded the Tuition Promise Scholarship. The only way to know if you are eligible for this scholarship is to apply for admission! No application fee! The priority filing date is October 31, 2018.
Berea College Office of Admissions 
CPO 2220 
Berea, KY 40404
Deadline: October 31, 2018
Bay Alarm Medical is offering scholarships to reward students who do volunteer work with the elderly or act as caregivers to an elderly relative residing in their home. This year, three rewards will be granted
1st place: $2,500
2nd place: $2,000
3rd place: $1,000
For application details, official rules and eligibility requirements, please visit https://www.bayalarmmedical.com/scholarship/
Must submit an essay in Word document, along with a photo of you and the senior discussed (if possible) in your essay.
For further questions, contact scholarship@bayalarmmedical.com
kheaa.com - search for "affording higher education" (2018-19 edition, on-line only)
This is an excellent source of information for MCHS seniors pursuing higher education and seeking financial assistance. This is a 400 page publication detailing state and federal government grants and loans, as well as scholarships from Kentucky's eight public universities, 40 private colleges, universities and seminaries, 17 two-year public colleges and nine trade schools. Also listed are scholarships offered specifically in Madison County.
University of Louisville
Mentored Scholarships - U of L offers 4 unique mentored scholarhip programs. In addition to monetary awards, these scholarships have significant programing components which can include travel, leadership, development, faculty mentors, service and more.
apply at: uofl.me/mentor-scholar
Deadline: December 15, 2018
U of L Honors Program - 29 act, 3.5 gpa Early Actio deadline is October 15, regular application deadline is December 15, 2018. louisville.edu/honors
Morehead State University
Open House: Saturday, October 6 - Button Auditorium 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (free tickets to MSU football game at 1:00 p.m. and application fee of $30 waived)
Open House: Saturday, November 3 - Button Auditorium 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Honors Program Scholarship - deadline: December 1, 2018. Access at: www.moreheadstate.edu/honors
MSU Foundation Awards: apply at www.moreheadstate.edu/scholarships
Fashion Institue of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) National Scholarship 
visit bit.ly/FIDMscholarship for entry deails
Deadline: March 29, 2019
See MCHS Guidance Office for flyer
Kentucky School Boards Association (KSABA)
First Degree College Scholarship Program
Eligibility: senior female from MCHS (male from MSHS), from an immediate family (parents, guardians, sibling) who has NOT earned a college degree
ACT Reading: 20
Deadline: November 12, 2018
See MCHS Guidance Office for applications
Horatio Alger Scholarship
requirements: 2.0 gpa, $55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income
Deadline: October 25, 2018
apply online at: scholars.horatioalger.org
See details in MCHS Guidance Office
National Wild Turkey Federation's Dr. James Earl Kennamer Scholarship
Requirements: 3.0 gpa, hunting license, NWTF membership, essay, 3 letters of recommendation
Deadline: November 16, 2018
to download application, visit: www.nwtf.org/resource-library/detail/scholarship-application
Submit application to: charles.eliott@eku.edu
The Richmond/Madison County NAACP has a scholarship fund to provide financial assistance for NAACP members and young adults within the Madison County Community who are pursuing a degree at a 2 or 4 year college, university, technical or vocational school.
Deadline: October 1, 2018 
See application in MCHS Guidance Office
Amazon Career Choice Program:
The Amazon Career Choice Program is a tuition assistance program that allows you to work at Amazon as an associate while working toward your college degree.  Go to amazondelivers.jobs/about/benefits to get more information.
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


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.


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



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



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.



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.


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 University 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.


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.


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.