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Senior Scholarships 2019-2020

These scholarships are arranged by application deadlines. These scholarships are posted as they come in to the counseling office. Please pay close attention to the scholarship requirements, materials, and where to submit application. Please see your house counselor or Mrs. Bolin if you have any questions. 

January 17th, 2020

Anne Ford Scholarship

The ideal Anne Ford Scholar is a student who:
-Articulates his or her challenges and clearly demonstrates the importance of self-advocacy
-Is committed to completing a four-year college degree and has begun to set realistic career goals
-Participates in school and community activities
-Has demonstrated academic achievements consistent with college and career goals
-Plans to contribute to society in ways that increase opportunities for individuals with learning and attention issues
-Excels as a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with learning and attention issues
-Demonstrates financial need

To be eligible for the Anne Ford Scholarship, an applicant must:
-Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program in the fall
-Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
-Submit current financial information
-Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan) and has utilized services, supports, and/or accommodations.
-Please note: LD and ADHD can co-occur with other issues such as speech/language, hearing and vision, and autism spectrum disorders; to be eligible candidates must provide documentation of a specific LD and/or ADHD.
-Be a United States citizen

For information and application click HERE.


January 17th, 2020 

Allegra Ford Scholarship

The ideal Allegra Ford Thomas Scholar is a student who:
-Articulates his or her challenges and recognizes the need for self-advocacy
-Is committed to post-high school academic study/career training and has begun to set realistic career goals
-Has demonstrated perseverance and is committed to achieving personal goals
-Participates in school and community activities
-Demonstrates financial need

To be eligible for the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship, an applicant must:
-Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a two-year community college, a vocational/technical training program, or specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.
-Submit current financial information
-Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan) and has utilized services, supports and/or accommodations.
-Please note: LD and ADHD can co-occur with other issues such as speech/language, hearing and vision, and autism spectrum disorders; to be eligible candidates must provide documentation of a specific LD and/or ADHD.
-Be a United States citizen

For application and more information click HERE.


January 22nd, 2020

National Beta Club Scholarship

12th grade Senior Beta members are eligible to apply for a National Beta Scholarship.
Selection of National Beta Scholarship winners is based on a number of factors, with an emphasis on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service, as well as participation in National Beta Club activities.

Beginning November 1, 2019, you may access the National Beta Scholarship application online.

-Enter your National Beta membership identification number and last name to gain access to the application - if you do not have this information, please ask your National Beta Sponsor.
-Complete the application. You are required to submit your high school transcript and your ACT or SAT scores. Copies of these documents must be uploaded directly into your application. Your documentation will be verified for authenticity. No "super scored" scores will be accepted.
-Submit your completed application by 11:59 pm EST, January 22, 2020
-Semifinalists will receive further application instructions by February 17, 2020. National Beta Club Scholarship Winners will be announced the week of May 4, 2020 via email and will be posted on our website. 

Phase 1: Application deadline is 11:59 pm EST, January 22, 2020
Phase 2: Semifinalist deadline for submitting materials is 11:59 EST, March 20, 2020

For more information and application click HERE.


January 23rd, 2020

Taco Bell Liv Mas Scholarship

The Live Más Scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. No essays, no test scores, no right or wrong answers. We want to help Taco Bell restaurant employees - whether teen or young adult - pursue their unique educational dreams. In 2018, the Taco Bell Foundation awarded scholarships to deserving recipients, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 each. Submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that tells us the story of your life’s passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. This is not about how well you can make a film - we just want you to show us your passion and explain why you should be considered for a Live Más Scholarship. 

All applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered eligible for the 2020 Live Más Scholarship Program:
-Applicant is a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) who is at least 16 years of age and no older than 24 years of age, located in the United States or D.C.
-If an applicant is a minor in his/her/their state of residence they must receive parental consent from his/her/their parent/legal guardian to apply.
-Applicant must be on-track to apply for or enrolled in an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational program (including accredited two-and four-year colleges, universities, vocational-technical and trade schools).
-Employees of Taco Bell Foundation, Inc., Taco Bell of America, LLC, Taco Bell Corp. and its parent, subsidiaries of its parent, franchisees, licensees, and the advertising and promotion agencies involved with this Program are not eligible to apply or receive a scholarship through this version of the program.
-Taco Bell restaurant employees can apply to the Live Más Scholarship for Restaurant Employees Program.
-Has not previously received a Live Más Scholarship.
-Prior Live Más Scholarship winners may apply to the Live Más Scholarship Renewal Program.

For application and more information click HERE.


January 31st, 2020

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program

Scholarships are awarded annually and must be used at one of the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities. Each award provides full tuition, as well as room and board, for the term of the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor's degree.

General Eligibility:
To be eligible for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program scholarship a student must:
-Be a U.S. citizen
-Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
-Have been accepted for admission or currently attending one of the nineteen 1890 Historically -Black Land-Grant Universities.
-Study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related academic disciplines
-Demonstrate leadership and community service
-Submit an official transcript with the school seal and an authorized official's signature
-Submit a signed application (original signature only)

Who Should Apply:
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is available to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college.

For more information and application click HERE.


January 31st, 2020

Independence Bank Scholarship

Applicants must be a high school senior that lives or attends school in one of the following counties: Calloway, Daviess, Franklin, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Jefferson, McCracken, McLean, Warren, Webster. Applicants will be judged based on a submitted essay, high school grades, ACT scores, financial need, extracurricular activities, community involvement and personal interviews.

In addition to answering the questions contained in the application, please have the following items available to submit:
-Typed Essay not to exceed one page (see questions below)
-High School Transcript, (can include ACT/SAT score)
-ACT/SAT Score (if not included on transcript)
-Financial Need Statement: This statement may be written by the student, family member, teacher, counselor, etc. explaining why the scholarship would benefit the student. (No FASFA Forms)

Choose one essay from the following topics and attach a 1 page typed essay:

-If you had the opportunity to have a 30 minute conversation with one person (either living or deceased), who would it be? Why? What topics would you discuss with that person?
-Choose an invention from your lifetime that you think has had the most positive OR most negative impact on our world and explain why you chose that invention.
-So much information about a person can be found online. Google your name and view the search results. Knowing how easy this information is for a person to get, how will this influence your level of engagement on social media platforms? How will what you do now affect your future career development, relationships, safety and well-being? Please explain.

If applying for the AG scholarship please include a 1 page typed essay on the following topic:
What are the responsibilities of the farm community to protect the environment ?
How can livestock farmers balance the need to keep animal health while reducing the use of antibiotics in their animals
If you have any questions you may contact:

Lauren Patton
Charitable Foundation Manager
Independence Bank

For application and more information click HERE.


February 1st, 2020

Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet started the Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship Program in 2009.  Each year, 5-10 new scholarships are awarded for students to attend Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.  The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has worked with the Cabinet to develop a program that will prepare students for work with the Cabinet upon graduation.  

The scholarship deadline is February 1. Each scholarship student will receive $3,000 per semester to complete an Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from either of the KCTCS campuses.  

All scholarship recipients must be graduates of an accredited Kentucky high school, or high school graduates who are residents of Kentucky holding a high school diploma or GED, and must meet the admission requirements of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

For more information and the application click HERE.


February 1st, 2020

Civil Engineering Scholarship from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

KYTC awards 10-20 scholarships to new students each year who are either attending or planning to attend the University of Kentucky (UK), Western Kentucky University (WKU), or University of Louisville J. B. Speed School of Engineering (UofL) to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE). Students may also attend pre-engineering courses at Kentucky State University (KSU), Kentucky Community and Technical College System, or other Kentucky state colleges or universities, and then finish their Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering at UK, WKU, or UofL. 

All scholarship recipients must be graduates of an accredited Kentucky high school, or high school graduates who are residents of Kentucky, and must meet the admission requirements of the university and its respective  engineering department.

It is anticipated that successful applicants for scholarships will have qualifications considerably higher than the minimum required for acceptance into the Department of Engineering.

Some of the benefits during and after completion of the Scholarship Program are:
4-year scholarship
$6,200/semester for freshmen and sophomores
$6,600/semester for juniors and seniors
Job placement after graduation
A potentially rewarding and lucrative career

For more information and the application click HERE.

February 14th, 2020

Joey Fosko Memorial Scholarship Application

General Information:  The FRADA is pleased to announce the availability of non-renewal scholarships/grants-in-aid to be awarded annually to one (1) girl and one (1) boy in each of the schools in Region 1.  The recipients will be chosen from deserving senior athletes from each high school who will be continuing their education at a post-secondary school.

Eligibility Criteria:  To be eligible, an applicant must:
1.      Be a U.S. citizen or in the process of obtaining citizenship and a Kentucky resident.
2.     Be a senior student in good standing at a Kentucky Region 1 high school that is a member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
3.     Be a participant on a varsity athletic team in his/her high school.
4.     Plan to attend a post-secondary institution in the upcoming year as a full time student.
5.     Be Drug Free
6.     Submit an accurate and complete application by the designated deadline

Please get an application from Mrs. Bolin.


February 15th, 2020

Daughters of the American Revolution

Applicants must be citizens of the United States to apply for a scholarship offered by the DAR Scholarship Committee. Applicants must also attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required, however, applicants may want to reach out to a DAR chapter in their area for help with their applications.

For application and information click HERE.


February 15th, 2020

Vaughn Williamson Scholarship

Description: The Kentucky Association Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) offers three annual scholarships in Kentucky, including the Vaughn Williamson Scholarship.

-Plans to pursue a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences in a Kentucky college or university.
-Is an active FCCLA member who has made outstanding contributions to FCCLA.
-Has an overall scholastic standing of at least a "B" (3.0) for the four years of high school. Individuals with less than a "B" (3.0) standing will be disqualified.
-Possesses desirable personal qualities as poise and self-control, has a neat appearance and is punctual, well-mannered and dependable.
-Has shown leadership in school and community

For application and information click HERE.


February 28th, 2020

Paducah Power System Scholarship

Each year, Paducah Power System awards three individual awards of $2,000 each. Two of those awards are given to students enrolling at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. One award is given to a student enrolling full time at any accredited PUBLIC college or university within the commonwealth of Kentucky. Private college applicants do not qualify. Each recipient will receive $1,000 in year one. If the recipient maintains a GPA of at least 2.5 and he/she or his/her parent or legal guardian maintains a residence within the Paducah Power System service area, he/she will receive $1,000 in year two of higher education. The awards will be paid directly to the college or university.

Applicants must have had an account with PPS or lived with a parent or legal guardian for at least one full calendar year in a household that is served by Paducah Power System. 
Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for at least a three-and-a-half-year period. 
Applicants must have completed high school or received a GED by July 1, 2020 and enroll in higher education in 2019. 
**Dependents of Paducah Power System employees and board members are not eligible to apply.


Paducah Power System Scholarship Program
1500 Broadway, PO Box 180 Paducah, KY. 42002

BEFORE 4:30 pm FEBRUARY 28, 2020

Please get an application from Mrs. Bolin



March 1st, 2020

PVT. Ralph C. Jeffers Scholarship 

This scholarship is presented in memory of PVT. Ralph C Jeffers B Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Marine who gave his final measure of devotion at Iwo Jima and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star Posthumously.

It is important to acknowledge the sacrifices of the children of those who served should also be honored. Providing funds to assist these children so they can pursue higher education is a concrete way of showing how much we, as a nation care. This scholarship is awarded to support the children of our warriors.

-Applicant must be a resident of the United States and live in one of the following Western Kentucky Counties: Livingston, Calloway, Fulton, Hickman, Marshall, Graves, Ballard, Carlisle, and McCracken. Proof of residence is required.
-Applicant who will graduate from a US High School this year- public, private or parochial during the award year.
-Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or better and SAT scores of 1450 or an ACT composite score of 20. (Consideration is given to students with lower grade point average, when potential to succeed and the determination to achieve are evident).
-Age 16-25 enrolling, enrolled or in school. This is a scholarship to attend an accredited institution of higher education.
-One parent has to have been killed while on active duty on foreign soil, killed on active duty by friendly fire. Accidently killed while serving. Died while in service. Maimed or disabled while in the service.
-Applicant must complete 50 hours of volunteer service within the community during his/her high school years. Hours must be verified in writing by the recipient organization.
-Applicant must present the completed application to the Detachment on or before March 1st.

****Please get a scholarship application from Mrs. Bolin


March 2nd, 2020

Olivet 4 Kids Preschool

Olivet 4 Kids will be choosing a McCracken County High School student entering into early childhood or elementary education to receive a $500 scholarship. Applications must be turned into Megan Bolin by March 2nd, 2020.

***Please get an application from Mrs. Bolin


March 3rd, 2020

Marine CORPS Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Foundation offers scholarships to students who plan to pursue a bachelor's, associate's, or technical degree program.

Criteria to apply:
-Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Marine*
-A Marine killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps
-Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit*
-A U.S. Navy Chaplain or Religious Programs Specialist who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit*
*Veterans must have received an honorable discharge. A discharge status of other, general,  under honorable conditions, dishonorable, etc. are not eligible for an award.

Additionally, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
-GPA of at least 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
-Family adjusted gross income for the 2019 tax year that does not exceed $103,000. Non-taxable allowances are not included in the adjusted gross income.
-Attending or planning to attend a college or career training school listed on the National Center for Education Statistic’s College Navigator website in the 2020-21 academic year.

For application and more information click HERE.


March 15th, 2020

Signet Federal Credit Union

Signet Federal Credit Union will provide a $500 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of the high schools in our field of membership.

Student Eligibility Requirements
= Must be a high school senior attending one of the following counties high school: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall and McCracken.
= Plan to attend a two-or four-year accredited U.S. College, university or trade school in the fall of 2020.
= Must hold a GPA of at least a 3.00 unweighted. Must provide a copy of your transcript!
= Not an employee, child or grandchild of an employee/board member of Signet Federal Credit Union.
= MUST HAVE A SIGNET ACCOUNT! Students who live in our 11-county service region and are not yet members may join the credit union by opening a savings account and apply for our scholarship concurrently. (cost $5 to open an account)

Submission Process
1. Complete the scholarship application, essay and send copy of transcript.
2. Submit all forms and essay by March 15, 2020.
3. Mailed applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2020.
4. Email:
5. By Mail:
Signet Federal Credit Union
Attention: Scholarship Committee
PO Box 426, Paducah, KY 42002

*** Please get an application form Mrs. Bolin


March 16th, 2020

Community Foundation of Louisville Scholarship Portal

The Community Foundation of Louisville proudly administers more than 100 scholarship funds.
Students graduating from high school, current college students, and graduate level students may complete our General Scholarship Application, which will match students to potential scholarships. In addition, eligible students graduating from high school may apply to the Louisville Artisans Guild Art Scholarship or the Vogt Educational & Leadership Scholarship. Deadlines and awarding periods vary, but we are proud to host a diverse collection of opportunities that benefit students.

General Scholarship Application – The application features 60-plus scholarships. Eligibility requirements vary, but the application’s technology matches students to all scholarships they are eligible to receive.

For more information and scholarship application click HERE.



March 17th 2020 by 4:00 pm.

Jackson Purchase Energy Scholarship

Each year, JPEC offers six $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors whose parents or guardians are served by JPEC.

The requirements are:

-A student must be a high school senior who plans to enroll in a full-time course of study (12 hours per semester) at an accredited university or community college no later than the fall semester.
-The student's primary residence must be served by JPEC and the JPEC account must be in the name of the student's parent or guardian.
-The student must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 and an ACT score of 18 or better.
-The student must submit a brief, typed narrative stating his/her reason for applying for the scholarship.
-The student must complete application found on JPEC website.
-All scholarship winners must attend JPEC's annual meeting. Each recipient will be recognized at that time.
-Hand-written applications and/or narratives will not be accepted.
-Send information to:

JPEC College Scholarship Program
PO Box 4030
Paducah KY 42002-4030

****Late applications will not be accepted. All submitted application materials become the property of JPEC and will not be returned.

For more application and instructions click HERE.


March 31st, 2020

Shelter Insurance Scholarship

Shelter Insurance will be giving away three $2,000 scholarships to McCracken County High School.

This scholarship is offered only to graduating seniors at high schools where a Shelter Insurance Agent is actively participating in the Shelter Insurance Foundation Scholarship Program for the current school year. This scholarship application will be accepted only if the applicant is attending a high school that is currently sponsored by a local Shelter Insurance Agent.

You do not have to have Shelter Insurance to apply for this scholarship.

Completed Scholarship Applications must be returned to Mrs. Bolin by 3:00 pm on March 31st.

******Please get an application from Mrs. Bolin.


April 1, 2020

Kentucky Federation of Republic Women

The Kentucky Federation of Republic Women grants a $1,500 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior girl who has been politically active within the Republican Party. The qualified applicant will graduate from a Kentucky High School in 2020,is or will be a registered Republican, and plans to enroll at an accredited college or university in Kentucky.
The complete application will include the following:
-Completed application form
-A one-page typed essay about a Republican woman you admire or who has influenced your life and why.
-An official copy of your high school transcript, which may be mailed separately
-Two letters of recommendation

The completed application must be mailed with postmarked no later than April 1, 2020 to:

Tine Fox
KFRW Scholarship Chair
206 West 13th Street
Benton, KY 42025

***You can get an application from Mrs. Bolin or your House Counselor.


April 15th, 2020

Bill of Rights Essay Contest

2019-2020 We the Students Essay Contest

For this year's We the Students Essay Contest, we are challenging students to tell us what civil discourse means to them. The students who provide the most thoughtful, meaningful responses to this question will receive scholarship awards of up to $7,500. A total of fourteen students will receive scholarship prizes totaling $20,000.

For this essay, we are asking students to not only share their comprehension of what civil discourse is meant to be but to also relate what it looks like when it works – and when it doesn’t – and why. Perhaps they will choose to include mention of a time when they, themselves, were part of an exchange intended to understand something – how did they go about it? We encourage them to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples (including current events), and well-researched facts into what they write.

For rules and regulations, and application submission click HERE.



May 1st, 2020

Home Builders Association of Western Kentucky

The Home Builders Association of Western Kentucky presents the Jack Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 2004. Jack Marshall was a long time member, supporter and the upcoming president of the HBA WK, when he passed away from a heart attack.
We will be awarding one student a $1,500.00 scholarship to college or trade school of their choice. This scholarship has been funded each year by the HBA WK budget and will be awarded to the student on Awards Day at their school.

*Those eligible to apply are high school seniors or recent graduate who plan to continue their education in the building industry or trade. A copy of the applicant's latest GPA transcript and three letters of recommendation (may not be from a family member) must be included with this application


Home Builders Association of WKY Jeri Duong
P.O. Box 9567
Paducah, KY 42002-9567

*****Please get an application from Mrs. Bolin.


May 15th, 2020

Alliance Recruitment Agency Culinary Arts Scholarship

Are you a high school student, and looking for a scholarship program which can help you in paying for your further studies in food-related field? Your search ends here, as we have Alliance has come up with a new scholarship program which aids students who have enrolled for or planning to enroll for a course in cooking after their high school education.
The winners of this scholarship get $5000 reward which they can use for their tuition and living expenses during the tenure of their study course in the cooking field. Besides, the monetary reward, the students get a certificate, which adds a feather to their hat.

Criteria For Applying:
To apply for this cooking scholarship program, you need to fulfill the below criteria –
The student should be either a citizen or permanent resident of USA or Canada.
The student should have enrolled or planning to enroll for a course of study in cooking after high school education.
The student must have completed high school education.
Application Process
To apply for this scholarship program, all you need to send us a video link showing a unique recipe of your choice. Email us the video link on before 15th May 2019.

Along with the video link, you also need to email us the below mentioned details
First and Last Name
Email id
Contact Information
Current Resume
Name of the College/University/Institute Enrolled for or planning to enroll

Our panel of judges would shortlist the talented candidates and will upload the names of the winners on our official website by 31st May 2019.

For more information and application click HERE.


June 26th, 2020

ACT Scholarship Giveaway

Eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors who register for the ACT® test between 9.3.2019 and 6.26.2020 are automatically entered for a chance to win. It’s that easy! 
No purchase necessary or ACT test registration necessary. Sweepstakes subject in all respects to complete official rules.* See Official Rules for eligibility requirements, entry details, and instructions (including alternate entry instructions) on the website.

For more information please click HERE.

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Phone: 270-538-4000
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