KSBA board creates college scholarship program for students in families with no college grads

The KSBA Board of Directors has created a scholarship program to support two students who want to become the first members of their families to earn a post-secondary degree.

The KSBA First Degree College Scholarship Program will award two $2,500 scholarships to one male and one female student at a Kentucky public high school. The initiative is part of KSBA’s efforts to increase the college and career readiness of our high school graduates. 

The scholarships will be paid directly to any two-or-four-year college or university upon receipt of a copy of a letter of acceptance to the selected students. The scholarship may be used at any accredited post-secondary institution, in state or out.

This one-year, nonrenewable scholarship has two eligibility criteria:


a)     Students who are nominated must reside in a household in which neither their parents, guardians or siblings have earned a college degree; and

b)     Nominated students must have attained a score of at least 20 in reading on the ACT during their junior or senior year at the time of nomination.


Each of Kentucky’s 174 local school boards may nominated up to two students for the scholarships by completing and submitting the attached form. Forms are being mailed to all school board members, superintendents and high school guidance counselors. The completed form is to be signed by the high school guidance counselor and the board chairperson.


Nominations must be received no later than Nov. 30 to:


William G. Scott, Executive Director

Kentucky School Boards Association

260 Democrat Drive

Frankfort, KY 40601


The KSBA Board of Directors will select the two scholarship honorees at its December quarterly meeting by means of a lottery draw.


Nominated students will be notified in December and recognized at the 76thKSBA Annual Conference in Louisville on Feb. 4, 2012.


The scholarships are being funded by members of the KSBA Board of Directors and with contributions by several other Kentucky organizations. Those groups will be recognized during the presentation ceremonies next February.


For more information, please contact Scott or Brad Hughes at KSBA at 800-372-2962.

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