Central Kentucky Community Foundation has a host of events lined up to assit local students with going to college – especially when it comes to scholarships.
On Monday, the foundation is hosting a Scholarship Fair. The fair hosts several local businesses, and nonprofit and civic organizations to allow students to pick up scholarship applications from the groups that attend in one place, according to a foundation news release.
“Our goal is to help make students’ dreams of college a reality,” said Davette B. Swiney, organization president and CEO in the release. “By hosting this Scholarship Fair, we are providing more opportunities for students to accomplish that goal.”
The Scholarship Fair is from 5 to 7 p.m. at CKCF’s Home of Philanthropy in the Community Hall at 200 Jim Owen Drive in Elizabethtown.
“It’s a lot like a college fair, but for local scholarships. High school seniors will have the opportunity to meet representatives from several local businesses and nonprofit and civic organizations to collect their scholarship applications all in one spot,” Swiney said. “It’s a wonderful chance for them to see what scholarships are available to them in the community.”
Swiney said at least 15 organizations are registered to attend and the number could grow as groups continue to reserve space. It is free for organizations to participate.
“Businesses or organizations that award scholarships and want to get their applications in the hands of more students, this is their chance to do so,” she said. “We just want these students to have the best opportunities and for your scholarship program to be successful. We hope by hosting this Scholarship Fair, we can achieve both.”
The foundation has two more scholarship events. Students can receive one-on-one help during Scholarship Office Hours from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 17. During that time, students can drop in for assistance on applications or use the time to work on their application.
At 5:30 p.m. following the office hours, students and parents can attend a Scholarship Central Workshop where they can get questions answered about their scholarship applications on the online platform. Students should bring a laptop or tablet to both events.
“We had over 50 students and parents attend our first workshop in January,” Swiney said. “With this workshop being closer to our March 1 deadline, it’s the time to get all last-minute questions answered.”
Scholarship opportunities are available for high school seniors and new or returning Elizabethtown Community and Technical College students in the foundation’s nine county region.
Scholarships vary in amount and eligibility criteria. They aim to reach students at many levels of academic achievement, community and school involvement and financial situations, according to the release. Applicants must view the scholarships to see detailed application criteria.
About 200 scholarships are available there, including all ECTC scholarships, with more than $400,000 in awards available to students.
Scholarship applications can be completed at ckcf4people.org and are being accepted until midnight EST, Sunday, March 1.
All events are at CKCF’s Home of Philanthropy Community Hall next to the Hardin County Public Library.
Information about available scholarships can be found at ckcf4people.org.