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First Degree Scholarship Program

Updated: Fall 2020
For nine consecutive years, the First Degree Scholarship program has funded at least two $2,500 scholarships for eligible Kentucky high school seniors to attend any two- or four-year accredited college or university. KSBA was able to award four scholarships in 2020, doubling the number of students to receive support, because of record participation in recent fundraising initiativesThe 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 2020 First Degree College Scholarships included American Fidelity and Houchens Insurance Group. 

Scholarship Criteria and Application

One scholarship each will be awarded to two male and two female students. 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 the enclosed deadline. 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. 

2020-21 First Degree Scholarship Application and Eligibility form

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

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