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Conversion Scholarships/Loans

Conversion Scholarships/Loans: 

These are scholarships that are state based, and also require a commitment to work full time in the appointed field of that scholarship for a certain period of time. Otherwise, these will convert to loans if the program of study associated with these scholarships is not finished or the work requirements are not met.

These include:

  • Kentucky Nursing Incentive Scholarship
    • Have to be a Kentucky resident admitted to an approved nursing program (registered nurse or practical nurse).
    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (earn 15 credit hours per academic year fulfilling nursing requirements), plus maintain minimum school program GPA.
    • Must work in Kentucky as a nurse one year for each year of funding.
    • Have to repay the scholarship plus interest if program or work requirement is not met.
    • Award: $3000 per year
    • Application available from the Kentucky Board of Nursing website, postmarked between January 1 and June 1
  • Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Civil Engineering Scholarship
    • Have to be Kentucky resident, be pursuing a degree in civil engineering, and a minimum ACT of 24
    • Have to attend University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, or any KCTCS school (including Bowling Green Technical College)
    • Agree to work for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet upon graduation for each year student is on scholarship
    • Award: Freshman/Sophomores $4,850/semester, Juniors/Seniors $5,250/semester, possible summer employment
    • Application:  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website, deadline March 1
  • Minority Educator Recruitment and Retention (MERR) Scholarship
    • Be a Kentucky Resident and U.S. Citizen
    • Be enrolled full time in a participating Kentucky college or university
    • Member of a ethnic minority as defined by state law and the participating school
    • Seeking initial teacher education and certification, maintain 2.5 GPA
    • Provide one semester of qualified teaching service in state of Kentucky for each semester scholarship is received
    • Award: $5000 per year, Application: Contact Division of Educator Quality and Diversity, Kentucky Department of Education, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601; (502) 564-1479; or the MERR Scholarship coordinator at the school.
  • Osteopathic Medicine Scholarship
    • Kentucky resident accepted into the University of Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Have to practice 2000 hours for each year they received a scholarship in qualified field of service, if not, then have to pay back scholarship with 6% interest.
    • Award: Equal to difference between the average amount charged for in-state tuition at the state medical schools and that charged at University of Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Application: Contact Teresa Jones at the University of Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine at (606) 218-5400 or tjones@pc.edu
  • Teacher Scholarship
    • Have to fill out the FAFSA in order to be eligible
    • Maintain GPA, full time enrollment in Teacher Education program
    • Application requirements and award amounts available on KHEAA website, under conversion scholarships/loans

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 Last Modified 9/25/14