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State Scholarships

Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)

The KEES Scholarship is for Kentucky high school graduates, and is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).  The amount of KEES the student is eligible for is determined while they are in high school. 

Students must have graduated from a Kentucky high school to receive any KEES award.

KEES is paid for a maximum of 8 semesters, and must be used within 5 years of the student’s high school graduation.

KEES can be used for fall and spring semesters only, KEES cannot be used for summer or winter terms.

To be considered “On Track” to graduate, students must earn an average of at least 12 hours per semester.

Students must maintain a minimum gpa of at least a 2.5 and be considered On Track to retain their full KEES.  KEES may be cut in half if the student is not considered On Track to graduate, and has a minimum gpa of a 2.5.

If the students overall gpa is below a 2.5 at the end of their spring semester, they will lose their KEES for the next full academic year.

KEES is awarded for a full academic year.  Students cannot lose or gain eligibility after a fall semester.

If a student has a 3.0 or higher gpa, they do not have to be considered On Track to keep their full KEES.

Part time students must maintain at least a 3.0 to retain any KEES eligibility.

If the student is a Home School graduate, or earned their GED, the student may be eligible for the ACT bonus of KEES.  Please email autumn.coleman@wku.edu to verify eligibility.

KEES can be used for many study abroad programs.  Please email autumn.coleman@wku.edu to see which qualify.

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program

The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate's degree afford an industry-recognized certificate or credential.

Student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a Kentucky resident
  • Be a high school or GED graduate
  • Have not earned an associate's or higher degree
  • Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an eligible postsecondary institution in an approved program of study that leads to an industry recognized certificate, credential, or diploma in a high-demand workforce sector.
    • Qualifying areas for the 2017-2018 year are health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction
  • Not be in default on any obligation to KHEAA

Application

Complete FAFSA

Complete Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship application at MyKHEAA. For more information, visit KHEAA's website. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis by WRKS application date.

Award

Amount equals tuition amount minus federal and state grants and scholarships, up to the maximum amount.

Maximum amount shall not exceed the in-state tuition and fees rate for full-time enrollment at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Estimated near $3,900 for the 2017-2018 year.

Eligibility

Expires when the first of the following conditions is met: 

  • Receipt of scholarship funding for the equivalent of four academic terms;
  • Receipt of the scholarship for 32 credit hours of enrollment; or
  • Receipt of a first associate's degree

Recipients must earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher each semester the scholarship is received in order to be eligible the following semester.

For more information, visit KHEAA's website.

Teacher Scholarship Program

Teacher Scholarship Program

The Teacher Scholarship Program provides financial aid to Kentucky students pursuing initial teacher certification at participating Kentucky colleges.

Student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a Kentucky resident.
  • Be admitted into a teacher education program at a participating school.
  • Be enrolled full-time unless enrolled for the final term of a teacher certification program and less than full-time enrollment is required to complete the program.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Meet school’s satisfactory academic progress requirements.
  • Teach one semester in Kentucky for each semester the scholarship is received.
  • Repay the scholarship plus interest if does not complete program or service requirement.

Award

Up to $2,500 per semester.

Service Commitment

Complete education program.

Provide qualified teaching service at a school certified by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Application

Complete FAFSA

Teacher Scholarship application

Sign in to your MyKHEAA account to apply.

The 2017-18 Teacher Scholarship application is now closed. The application for the 2018-19 award year will be available from January 1 to May 1, 2018.

For more information, visit KHEAA's website.

 

Early Childhood Education Scholarship

The scholarship provides financial aid to Kentucky students pursuing one of the following:

  • Child Development Associate Credential
  • Associate’s degree in early childhood education
  • Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education or a related program approved by the Early Childhood Development Authority
  • Kentucky Early Childhood Development Director’s Certificate

Student must:

  • Be a Kentucky resident.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled no more than 9 credit hours per term in the scholarship program curriculum at a participating school pursuing one of the approved credentials.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Be employed at least 20 hours weekly in a participating early childhood facility or be employed as a preschool associate teacher in a state‐funded pre‐school program.
  • Not be eligible for state or federal training funds through Head Start, a public preschool program, or First Steps.
  • Have no unpaid financial obligation to KHEAA or to any other Title IV program.
  • Agree to a service commitment based on the credential pursued.

Award

Up to $1,800 per award year, not to exceed tuition charged by the school.

Application

Complete FAFSA

Complete application on MYKHEAA account.

Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 16-July 15

Spring Semester: July 16-November 15

Summer Semester: November 16-April 15

For more information, visit KHEAA's website.

Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship

The Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship (KCCCCS) provides financial assistance for residents of Kentucky's coal‐producing counties to complete their first bachelor's degree.

Students must:

  • Be U.S. citizen
  • Be permanent residents of a Kentucky coal‐producing county.
  • Have earned at least sixty (60) credit hours toward completion of their first bachelor's degree.
  • Be enrolled at least half‐time in a bachelor's degree program.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Have no past due financial obligations to KHEAA.

The 2017-2018 award amounts are:

  • Up to $7,770 per year at nonprofit, independent institution located in a coal-producing county;
  • Up to $2,630 per year at public university extension campus located in a coal‐producing county;
  • Up to $3,880 per year at public or nonprofit, independent institution whose main campus is in Kentucky, but not in a coal‐producing county.*

*KCCCCS funds may be awarded at an institution that is not located in a coal‐producing county only if an eligible student is pursuing an approved bachelor's degree program in a field of study that is not offered at any institution located in a coal‐producing county.

Application

Complete FAFSA

Sign in to MYKHEAA to apply. The 2017-18 Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship application is now closed. The application for the 2018-19 award year will be available from January 1 to May 1, 2018.

Funds are awarded first-come, first-served based on initial FAFSA completion date. Therefore, students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2017, and the 2018-19 KCCCCS application as soon as possible after January 1, 2018.

For more information, visit KHEAA's website.

Student Financial Assistance

317 Potter Hall
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11018
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1018

Phone: 270-745-2755

Fax: 270-745-6586

Email: fa.help@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 8/4/17