The new year brings a new opportunity for students to apply for college scholarships.

A partnership between Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Central Kentucky Community Foundation will make it easier for ECTC students to apply for multiple scholarships through the foundation’s Scholarship Central application portal, according to ECTC.

The foundation has used the Scholarship Central portal to award hundreds of scholarships to students in the region.

Starting Jan. 1, ECTC students and prospective students will be able to use the same one-stop application process to apply for the many ECTC-specific scholarships offered by the college. Students are able to upload letters of recommendation, essays and other documentation needed for the scholarship selection process.

Providing one application for all CKCF and ECTC scholarships will simplify the process and college staff believe it will encourage more eligible students to apply.

“There are scholarships that go unclaimed every year because students don’t apply for them,” said Michael Barlow, ECTC director of financial aid. “We encourage students to apply for scholarships, even if they think they might not be eligible. You have nothing to lose by trying and everything to gain.”

The scholarship portal also will streamline the review and notification process, so students may learn about scholarship awards even sooner.

Students interested in filing scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year can start Jan. 1 at www.ckcf4people.org/scholarships.

For information, contact Barlow at Michael.barlow@kctcs.edu.

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