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First Degree College Scholarship Program

Updated: Spring 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.  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 2020 First Degree College Scholarships included American Fidelity and Houchens Insurance Group.  


Due to generous contributions of community partners, KSBA members and donors like you, KSBA was able to award four scholarships in 2020, doubling the number of students to receive support!  

2019 Golf Scramble raises more than $5,500 for scholarship

Sunny skies and low humidity provided the perfect setting for the 2nd Annual KSBA Golf Scramble on Friday, Sept. 20. Sixteen teams teed off at Old Bridge Golf Club in Danville. School board members, administrators and community partners enjoyed 18 holes, lunch, prizes and a day of networking and fun. By the time the final putt had been sunk, more than $5,500 had been raised for the First Degree Scholarship program. KSBA is grateful to players, sponsors, volunteers and staff who helped to make this year’s outing so successful. 


Foundation participates in KY Gives Day 2019

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 during its first Kentucky Gives Day campaign on May 14, 2019. 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

The application window for the 2020 FIrst Degree Scholarship is now closed.

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. 


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

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