First Degree College Scholarship Program

First Degree College Scholarship Program

Updated: Spring 2019

For eight consecutive years, the First Degree Scholarship program has funded two $2,500 scholarships for eligible Kentucky high school seniors to attend any two- or four-year accredited college or university.  The scholarship funds are raised by the KSBA Educational Foundation, Inc., and are made possible by the generous contributions of community partners and donors like you. Sponsors of the 2019 First Degree College Scholarships included American Fidelity and Houchens Insurance Group.  

Foundation Participates in KY Gives Day 2019

Our first ever Kentucky Gives Day (May 14, 2019) campaign exceeded expectations! Thanks to the generosity of current and former school board members, superintendents, education leaders, and friends, the KSBA Educational Foundation, Inc. raised $5,335 for the First Degree Scholarship fund. That is the equivalent of two scholarships. This means, next school year, two additional Kentucky high school seniors will graduate knowing they each have the chance to be the first in their immediate family to receive a postsecondary degree.   

We were honored to have 56 supporters for KY Gives Day 2019, ranking in the top ten of 187 participating nonprofits for total number of donors. An astounding 59 percent of this year’s contributions came from new donors. Thank you! 



Scholarship Criteria

One scholarship each will be awarded to a male and a female student. These nonrenewable scholarships will be paid directly to the institution of higher education upon the recipients’ official admission acceptances. Eligible students are those who would be the first members of their immediate families (parents, guardians, siblings) to receive a degree from an institution of higher education. Eligibility must be affirmed and signed by the high school guidance counselor and the school district's board chairperson and superintendent. Please review the enclosed eligibility and timetable requirements.

The one-page application must be completed in its entirety, signed by the guidance counselor, board chairperson and superintendent, and must be received by KSBA no later than close of business on Wednesday, November 12, 2018. Any board of education in Kentucky may place in nomination the names of up to two students per public school district – one male, one female – with a minimum ACT reading score of 20. KSBA will accept receipt of the first two eligible application forms per school district (additional applications will be disqualified). The scholarships will be awarded based on a drawing conducted by the KSBA Board of Directors in December. 


If you have any questions, please contact Beth Pritchett or Kerri Schelling.

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