Local students heading to college or a technical school now have the chance to earn thousands of dollars in scholarships from an online portal.
Every year, the Central Kentucky Community Foundation hosts numerous scholarships through an online hub. Students can apply for scholarships now through March 1. The approximately 160 scholarships range from $250 to $5,000. More than $300,000 in scholarship money is available and some scholarships are renewable.
All scholarships require that a student complete the financial aid qualification documents and have a copy of their college acceptance letter. It is free to apply for a scholarship.
The scholarship money is provided through organizations and local philanthropists.
“We want to help connect the people that generously want to give these scholarships out to the students so that they can take advantage of it in a fairly easy way,” said Davette Swiney, president and CEO of the foundation.
This year, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College scholarships will be available through the foundation’s portal. Several scholarships also are available to Nelson County students through partnerships with Nelson County Community Support Inc. and Bardstown Rotary Club.
Students only need to fill out a basic information form once and then customize details needed for specific scholarships as opposed to filling out basic information for all scholarships numerous times, Swiney said.
“That just makes it easier for students,” she said.
ECTC President Juston Pate said he was happy to see scholarships for the college added to CKCF’s online portal.
“It was a natural fit to move our scholarships to CKCF’s platform,” he said in a news release. “Many of the same students apply for our scholarships as they do CKCF’s scholarships. It made sense to work together on this process and have a more efficient way for students to apply.”
A list of scholarships can be found at https://scholarships.ckcf4people.org/browse-scholarships.