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Leighton M. Ballew Directing Award

SETC’s Leighton M. Ballew Directing Award provides one student with a $2,500 scholarship to study theater directing at a regionally accredited graduate school in the upcoming academic year.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
April 1, 2024
Open
$2,500
1 Award Winner
Open
$1,000–$1,500
1 Award Winner

Women Leading Kentucky High School Scholarship

The Women Leading Kentucky program offers one $1,500 scholarship for female high school seniors.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
April 1, 2024
Open
$1,000–$1,500
1 Award Winner
Open
$1,000
2 Award Winners

Kentucky-Tennessee Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship

Annually, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) awards the Kentucky-Tennessee Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship of $1,000 to two Kentucky-based water works operators, each, to support them through their education.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
July 31, 2024
Open
$1,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$500–$5,000
48 Award Winners

Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarships

The Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship offers need-based scholarships of between $500 and $5,000 to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in accredited colleges in the U.S.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – College Sophomore
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 7, 2023
Closed
$500–$5,000
48 Award Winners
Closed
$500–$1,000
4 Award Winners

KYPTA Scholarships

KYPTA Scholarships are awarded to four students who wish to acquire an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the educational field at any post-secondary institution in Kentucky.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 15, 2023
Closed
$500–$1,000
4 Award Winners
Closed
$4,000
1 Award Winner

American Electric Power Scholarship

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) offers the American Electric Power Scholarship to an eligible student enrolled in an ABET-accredited school who demonstrates an interest in power engineering.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Junior
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 18, 2023
Closed
$4,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$10,000
3 Award Winners

Eli Lilly & Company Make Life Better Scholarship Program

The Eli Lilly & Company Make Life Better Scholarship Program awards up to $10,000 to seven college sophomore students in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore
Application Open Date
August 4, 2022
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$10,000
3 Award Winners
Closed
$6,000
2 Award Winners

Hearld and Marge Ambler Scholarship

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks offers the Hearld and Marge Ambler Scholarship of $6,000 to two college students each, pursuing business-related degree programs. Preference is given to accounting majors.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 13, 2023
Closed
$6,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$750
1 Award Winner

Curwen-Guidry Scholarship Fund

The Fund awards high school seniors who are bowlers in the USBC League to further their education. It’s open to students in the nine states part of the Southern Bowling Congress.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Closed
$750
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000–$2,000
3 Award Winners

King’s Daughters Health Foundation Scholarships

The scholarship is given to dedicated local high school students planning to pursue a career in healthcare.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 15, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$2,000
3 Award Winners
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – College Students

The Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to undergraduate students who live in states with Regions' full service and are enrolled in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$3,500
30 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest – High School Seniors

The Scholarship Contest awards 30 scholarships to high school senior students who live in states with Regions' full service and plan to enroll in undergraduate programs of their choice.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$5,000
30 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship Award

The Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship awards $2,000 to a graduate student studying acting or musical theater. Students who graduated from universities in the SETC region can apply.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner

Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award

The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship awards $1,500 to a graduate student studying costume design or technology. Applicants must have studied or will study at an SETC region institution.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$1,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Robert Porterfield Scholarship Award

The Robert Porterfield Scholarship awards $2,000 to graduate students pursuing a degree in theatre. Applicants should have graduated from an undergraduate program at a university in the SETC region.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship

The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship awards $2,000 to one high school senior in the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) region who will pursue studies in theater.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

William E. Wilson Scholarship Award

The William E. Wilson Scholarship awards $5,000 to a secondary school teacher pursuing graduate studies in theatre or speech and theatre. Applicants must be legal residents of any SETC state.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000–$1,500
1 Award Winner

Women Leading Kentucky Undergraduate Scholarship

The Women Leading Kentucky program offers various $1,500 scholarships for female undergraduate students.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – College Junior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$1,000–$1,500
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,550
43 Award Winners

KyCPA College Scholarships

The KyCPA College Scholarship offers 43 $1,550 scholarships to college students currently enrolled in accounting.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – College Senior
Application Open Date
January 15, 2023
Application Deadline
April 30, 2023
Closed
$1,550
43 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

Dr. Judy G. Willard Scholarship

The scholarship, administered by RFE, is offered to an outstanding student enrolled in animal science with equine emphasis at Morehead State University to acquire a degree in equine science.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 1, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
11 Award Winners

Race for Education Scholarships

The Race for Education Scholarship and KEEP Foundation offers up to $5,000 to 11 undergraduate and graduate students in Kentucky pursuing a course in equine, animal science, or agriculture.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 1, 2023
Closed
$5,000
11 Award Winners
Closed
$2,500
4 Award Winners

Teacher Scholarship Program

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) awards its Teacher Scholarship Program of $2,500 to four undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a teaching program and pursuing a teaching career.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 2, 2023
Closed
$2,500
4 Award Winners
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners

Alberta C. Kaufman Scholarship

Kaufman & Stigger Injury Lawyers offers two Alberta C. Kaufman Scholarships of $1000 per recipient to high school seniors and undergraduate students to pursue an undergraduate degree.

Eligible Grades
High School Junior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
March 10, 2023
Application Deadline
May 10, 2023
Closed
$1,000
2 Award Winners
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program

The ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program offers 185 $1,500 flight e-passes to undergraduate and graduate students who travel away from home to study.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
March 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 15, 2023
Closed
$1,500
185 Award Winners
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner

MGMA Southern Section Scholarship

The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) offers the MGMA Southern Section Scholarship of $2,500 to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in medical practice management-related fields.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
May 15, 2023
Closed
$2,500
1 Award Winner

About Kentucky scholarships

Kentucky is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. The Bluegrass State also boasts some of the best bourbon whiskey in America along with delicious southern cuisines like fried chicken and biscuits! With so much to explore within this great state, there’s never a dull moment in Kentucky! Studying in Kentucky is a great way to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of this beautiful state. Not only will you get to experience the famous southern hospitality, but you’ll also have access to some of the best universities and colleges in America. With world-class museums, outdoor activities galore, delicious cuisine, and all the bourbon your heart desires – studying in Kentucky could be just what you need!

There are several local organizations, businesses, and civic groups in Kentucky that offer scholarships to people to further their studies in any field, so do not miss out on these opportunities. The colleges and universities in this state offer rigorous academic programs and are regarded as excellent academic institutions. If you are planning to study in Kentucky, or are a resident of Kentucky, then have a look at these scholarship listings on our websites

10 best Kentucky scholarships 2023

When applying for scholarships the best ones should offer the most amount of money, with minimal effort to apply. These three scholarships are the best scholarships for Kentucky residents or people planning to study in Kentucky.

ScholarshipAward Amount
Carollo Engineers Bryant L. Bench Scholarship$10,000
Stantec Scholarship$10,000
ACEC Scholarships$2,500–$10,000
Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship$5,000
The Kia Great Unknowns Scholarship$5,000
Procter & Gamble STEM Scholarship$5,000
Jasin Graduate Scholarship$5,000
ASNT Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship$3,000
Matsuo Bridge Company Ltd. of Japan Scholarship$2,500
Tocris Scholarship Program$1,500

Why study in Kentucky?

From top-rated universities and colleges to vocational schools and adult learning centers, Kentucky is an ideal destination for students looking to further their education. It also boasts a vibrant economy with numerous job opportunities in fields such as technology, healthcare, engineering, finance, and law.

The state features top liberal arts colleges and technical schools alike. It is considered one of the most attractive states for affordable education. Kentucky is home to many private colleges with generous financial aid packages as well. Students, also, get to benefit from the state’s affordable living costs. Aside from its extensive range of educational options, Kentucky is also home to a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities. From outdoor adventures at Mammoth Cave National Park to unique festivals such as the Kentucky Derby, there is something for everyone.

Cost of college in Kentucky 2023

The cost of college in Kentucky has been rising in recent years, with the average total cost for a year at a four-year school ranging from $18,000 to over $20,000. However, there are still some great options for students seeking affordable higher education in the state. For instance, Murray State University is one of the most affordable public universities in Kentucky, with a total cost of just $18,844 for the 2020-21 school year.

Kentucky also has several community colleges and technical schools that offer more affordable options for students. The tuition varies by program but is generally quite affordable compared to other states.

Fortunately, there are many scholarship opportunities for Kentucky residents looking to fund their college education. Many local organizations, civic groups, and businesses also provide scholarship opportunities to help students with their educational costs. KYPTA Scholarships and Women Leading Kentucky Undergraduate Scholarship are just two examples. More scholarships can be explored by scrolling up on this page.

Top Colleges in Kentucky

Kentucky is home to some of the best universities and colleges in the United States. Whether you are looking for a large research university, a small liberal arts college, or something in between, Kentucky has it all. The University of Kentucky, Murray State University, and Transylvania University are just a few examples of these great institutions. They provide students with an opportunity to study diverse subjects such as business administration, engineering, computer science, social sciences, and more while also offering specializations within their respective fields. They also have outstanding faculty members that work hard to ensure every student gets the most out of their educational experience at these universities or colleges.

The University of Kentucky is one of the oldest public universities in the United States and is the largest school in terms of enrollment. It has several prestigious programs, with more than 200 undergraduate degrees offered as well as many graduate degrees. It also has several research centers that focus on a wide range of topics including healthcare, economics, and business. It also has a strong athletics program and is home to the Wildcats.

Murray State University is another top college in Kentucky that offers a variety of educational paths for its students. This university boasts an impressive array of undergraduate and graduate programs in fields such as engineering, business administration, computer science, social sciences, and more. Furthermore, its faculty is highly respected and its student body is both diverse and welcoming.

Transylvania University is a liberal arts college located in Lexington, Kentucky. This school has a long history of educating generations of students for over 200 years. It offers a wide range of academic programs that include sciences, mathematics, humanities, fine arts, business administration, and more. The school has a variety of student organizations that allow students to get involved in activities both on and off campus.

Scholarships for women in Kentucky 2023

Women in Kentucky have made great strides towards achieving higher levels of education. In fact, educational attainment for women in Kentucky is now on par with the rest of the nation. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, women make up just over 50% of college enrollment across all public and private institutions in the state. Furthermore, more than 60% of bachelor’s degrees awarded by Kentucky colleges and universities go to women each year, showing that gender equality in higher education is steadily growing here. This trend can be attributed largely to increased access to financial aid programs and other resources which have helped make college more accessible for female students across all backgrounds and income levels.

The most popular major for women in Kentucky is nursing and health sciences. This is due to the fact that the healthcare industry is booming and there are numerous job opportunities available in this field. According to the US Census Bureau, an estimated 25.6% of employed Kentucky women over the age of 16 are working in healthcare-related jobs, making it the most common profession for women in the state. Nursing, in particular, is a major draw for those looking to enter the healthcare field and has been consistently ranked as one of the top occupations for female workers in Kentucky. Other popular majors for female students in Kentucky include business administration, psychology, education, social work, and criminal justice.

There are a variety of scholarships available for women in Kentucky that can help make achieving higher education more accessible and affordable. These scholarships range from need-based awards to merit-based awards and cover a wide variety of fields such as engineering, finance, healthcare administration, and many others. With these scholarship opportunities available for women in Kentucky, it is easier than ever before for them to pursue their educational goals without worrying about the financial burden associated with attending college or university. Women Leading Kentucky offers at least two scholarships – the Undergraduate Scholarship and the High School Scholarship which both award up to $1,500, but there are many more worth exploring.

Kentucky scholarships for high school seniors 2023

Kentucky has quite affordable higher education options, so high school seniors can benefit from extra education cost cuts with the ample scholarships available to them. We bet you will find at least one that suits your education path. Furthermore, you will find some schools offering special awards for students who demonstrate academic excellence or participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, or community service.

Here are three scholarships in Kentucky for high school seniors that we love.
– The King’s Daughters Health Foundation Scholarships is up to $2,000 is offered to high school seniors in Kentucky who plan to pursue careers in healthcare.
– Up to 30 high school seniors win the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Competition of $5,000 each to pursue undergraduate studies of their choice.
– The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship of $2,000 for those pursuing theater-related studies.

You can also search through the 300+ high school senior scholarships.

Tips for winning Kentucky scholarships

1. It is important for students to establish a record of academic excellence if they want to win scholarships in Kentucky. Taking challenging classes, earning As and Bs, and obtaining a high GPA are all key factors in improving your chances of winning these types of awards. Additionally, organizations may also consider extracurricular activities and volunteer work when evaluating applicants.

2. Make sure to complete all application requirements thoroughly and accurately. Scholarship applications often include essays, letters of recommendation, and other documents that need to be completed properly. It is important for applicants to take the time necessary to make sure everything is filled out correctly, as this will give them a better chance of being selected.

3. Finally, it is important to submit applications well before the deadline. This will give applicants plenty of time to make sure they have all their materials ready and that everything is accurate and complete. Additionally, submitting early may also increase your chances of being accepted since many organizations accept a limited number of applicants each.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if I'm eligible for a scholarship?

Schoalroo has tried to make it as easy as possible to find out if you’re eligible for Kentucky scholarships by researching more than 30 scholarships. We’ve formatted it so that at a glance you can quickly see what the requirements are. We also have search filters that you can use to narrow down the results to match what you’re looking for.

How do I apply for a scholarship in Kentucky?

Ensure that you read through all the information provided before beginning your application. Gather all the materials and documents you need then start filling out the application. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply as you may need to prepare an essay or request reference letters. Follow the instructions the organizers provide on how to format and send your application and any attachments.

Are there scholarships available for Kentucky residents 2023?

Yes, there are at least 30 scholarships available for Kentucky residents. They range from merit- to need-based and can be used for both in- and out-of-state education.

What scholarships are available for the University of Kentucky?

The University of Kentucky offers plenty of scholarships and awards for freshmen every year. They even offer merit scholarships to all students at the university who performed well in previous years. These scholarships are all available to you to apply for.

Are there scholarships for high school students in Kentucky?

Yes! Many colleges and universities offer scholarships to high school students planning to attend college in the near future. Some also offer awards for to high school freshmen that can cash in the award when they complete high school and go to college.