Financial Aid and Scholarships

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April 2017 Senior Newsletter


This page is full of links to financial aid sites, scholarship search engines, and helpful links about financial aid in general. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to get all the information.

If you’re thinking about college, these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help you receive more money to pay for your education.

  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to apply for state and federal student aid. File online at www.fafsa.gov for the fastest response.
  • Look for local scholarships in your newspaper. Community organizations and businesses may have scholarships reserved for local students. There is also a link below for local scholarships about which we at BSHS have information.
  • Talk with a financial aid officer at the school you plan to attend. He or she can tell you about any aid the school has available.
  • Reduce your student loan costs. Take out loans only after you have received all the free aid — grants, scholarships and work-study — for which you qualify. Federal loans are generally better deals than private loans, but compare interest rates and repayment terms carefully.
  • Visit websites with free information about college, financial aid and careers.
  • Be a neat freak. Neat and complete counts when you’re filling out applications.
  • Apply, apply, apply. The more financial aid for which you apply, the better your chances of getting enough aid to pay for college. Make sure you meet all deadlines.

Also check the BSHS library for more resources.  Our librarians have gathered a wonderful collection of helpful books and other resources for you to read either in the library or check out to take home with you.

 

Helpful Links and Tips

College Application Checklist -- great list, sorted by month beginning the summer before senior year.  Provides some great suggestions, like a binder to keep all your application (school and scholarship) information organized and national deadlines.

College Visit Questions to ask -- It is very important to tour a school campus before you decide to attend there.   Here are some questions to ask of your tour guide while there.

Cracking the student aid code -- lengthy but valuable resource from College Board

Financial aid FAQs -- from College Board.  Most commonly asked questions like "do I still qualify if I don't have straight As", "does applying for financial aid hurt my acceptance chances", "is private school out of my reach", and many more.

How I won $500,000 in college scholarships and graduated debt free -- and you can, too -- GREAT article with a couple hints about how to get more scholarships.  Author also has a book you can order, or check it out of our library!  BREAT INFO... HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Kentucky Scholarships -- link to the PDF provided by KHEAA with a listing of all the scholarships in KY that are reported to them.

Paying for College -- initial link to several links from College Board about financial aid.

Scholarship Search Secrets Ebook -- book LOADED with helpful hints, published by Student Loan Network.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams -- Everyone needs money for college, especially with tuition and expences increasing.  Unfortunately, there are some who would take advantage of that to make money off those who need assistance. Learn from the Federal Trade Commission some ways to spot scammers.

Seven things you need to know about financial aid -- from College Board.


Types of college loans -- from College Board.  In order to know what you are really getting in your offer from a school, it's best to know the different types of loans, their sources, and who is responsible for their repayment.

Tips from KHEAA -- Most everyone needs assistance with college expenses these days.  Here are some basic tips from Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to help guide you in the first steps towards financial aid and getting loans.

 

FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application required completed in order to receive any federal assistance for college.  You will need a PIN to sign the documents electronically.  A good source of information before you get started can be found at CollegeBoard.

How to complete the FAFSA -- from College Board.

Informational Video about FAFSA -- while this video does not have all the information you need, it is a helpful tool to give you some initial information.

College Goal Sunday locations -- Offered a Sunday (TBA) in January.  Bring all their recommended documents and get assistance completing the FAFSA forms.

KHEAA

Affording Higher Education -- Scholarship Search updated regularly by the KY Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Links to lists of federal, state, college, and trade school scholarships.

KEES -- Students in the state of KY earn scholarship money based upon their grades each year they are in a KY high school.  This site details how much can be earned each year by students, bonus earnings, and directions for how to view individual account balances. You will need to signup for an account to view your balance.

Go to College -- site with more helpful links from KHEAA

Scholarship Search Engines

Searching for money that's free shouldn't cost a fee . . . below are some sites that can help with your search.  You will need to register for each of these in order to use their services.

Bluegrass Community Foundation
Cappex

Chegg
College Net
Fast Web
Finaid
Find Tuition
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Kentucky Scholarships on Scholarships.com
Peterson's Scholarship Search
Scholarships.com
SchoolSoup
Unigo
United Negro College Fund Scholarship

Scholarships

There are numerous scholarship opportunities listed on the links below.  Most of these are listed on the current Scholarship list posted in the school counseling office and were distributed recently to Seniors during advisory.  Scholarships with deadlines are listed in the order of their deadline. 

This website lists scholarships for public Kentucky Colleges/Universities. They are broken down by school. http://www.kheaa.com/pdf/pubs/ky/ahe/ahepublic.pdf

KHEAA- This website has a wide variety of statewide and local scholarships listed.   http://www.kheaa.com/pdf/pubs/ky/ahe/ahekyscholar.pdf

Bluegrass Community Foundation – A variety of local scholarships opportunities.  http://bgcf.org/learn/scholarships

This link is to the Kentucky Scholarships listed on scholarships.com.  Scholarships are listed by state. http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/kentucky-scholarships/

This website has a variety of national scholarships listed. http://2014scholarship.com/index.htm

The Common Black College Application allows students to apply to any number of 50 HBCUs at the same time for only $35 at http://commonblackcollegeapp.com/

Top insurance scholarships offer financial support from a few hundred to full tuition.  This website has a variety of links. http://www.obrella.com/resources/insurance-scholarships/

JUNIORS in high school can begin the scholarship application process.  Start your search with the ones listed at Scholarships.com for Juniors.  This is one of the search engines we have listed above; this is just their list available for juniors. A couple more sites ... High Scholarships for Juniors, 4 Scholarships to apply to before your Senior year.

SOPHOMORES can also begin the scholarship application process. Check out these sites for a list of scholarships for which you can begin applying: High Scholarships for Sophomores, Scholarships.com for Sophomores

BCTC Scholarships for BSHS students on page 4 of this linked document.  Check out these three scholarships exclusively for BSHS students, along with other for BCTC students.

 

new post itScholarships listed below are in order of their deadlines. New ones to the list are noted with **.

**Each year the Central Kentucky Director of Pupil Personnel award a $500 college scholarship to a deserving student.  The student must demonstrate a financial need for the award and also shown to have overcome obstacles that would have prevented the student from a high school graduation. Please go to the Counseling Office to pick up a copy of this scholarship application. Please see the criteria for the nominations and the attachments to include for each nominee.   Please return these applications to the counseling office  by May 1, 2017.

**Bryan Station High School Alumni Foundation – Coach Dan Haley Senior-Athlete Scholarship Award – awards this one-time $1,500 annual scholarship to a graduating Bryan Station High School Senior Athlete, with at least a 2.3 GPA, who has demonstrated leadership skills, the desire to help others and has used his/her talents to make a positive difference.  Paper applications are available in the counseling office or ask your athletic coach for an application. Application deadline is April 13, 2017.

Bertie J Harris Book Scholarship qualifications: graduating senior from FCPS high school, African_American female, 3.0 or higher GPA and must provide documentation of college/ university acceptance for 2017-2018 school year. Paper applications are available in the counseling office. Application Deadline is April 14, 2017

**Fayette County School Nutrition Association Judy Hale Memorial Scholarship- one winner from Fayette County Public High Schools will be awarded a $500.00 scholarship.  Paper applications are available in the counseling office. Application deadline is April 14, 2017.

**Todd Riley Award 2017 – Bluegrass Community Foundation- this award is open to BSHS seniors who demonstrate academic excellence, community involvement or leadership, and financial need. This award is worth $3,000, dispersed in two payment of $1,500 each semester. Paper applications are available in the counseling office. Application deadline is April 21, 2017.

Bill Ferzacca Education Scholarship Fund -Mr. Bill Ferzacca created this scholarship in an effort to assist those trying to escape poverty as well as to help children in Community Action Council’s Head Start programs. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to up to two (2) High School Seniors OR students currently enrolled in college, in the amounts of $1,250 per semester. This scholarship is for those individuals who intend to earn a BA/BS or graduate degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. For an application and more information visit: www.commaction.org. Paper applications are also available in the counseling office.Deadline is April 28, 2017.

**Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Beta Gamma Omega sponsors the Anna Dale Dalton Book Award to qualify students must meet criteria:  African American female or male, must have financial need, minimum GPA of 3.0, minimum of 100 hours of community service performed during senior year.  Additional criteria and paper applications are available in the counseling office.  Deadline is April 28, 2017.

**Lexington Rotary Club – is pleased to recognize the academic achievements of outstanding graduating high school seniors in Fayette County.  The application process is online, students may apply for a scholarship by visiting:  www.rotarylexky.org.   Scholarship awards are significant - the Rotary Scholar will receive a $6,000 scholarship, payable in the amount of $1,500 per year.  The All Fayette County Scholastic Team members will earn a scholarship of $1,000 per honoree.  Application deadline is April 30, 2017.


**Athens-Chilesburg Elementary – is currently taking applications for the annul $400 scholarship.  Qualifications:  must be a graduating senior at a FCPS high school who attended Athens or Athens-Chilesburg for 3 years, or graduated (5th grade) from either school.  Qualified seniors can send a letter and a resume to Mrs. Sanger, ACE PTA President (cherisanger@twc.com) 930 Jouett Creek Drive, Lexington, KY  40509.  Application deadline is May 1, 2017.

**Bryan Station High School Barbara Ward Scholarshipis offering one $500.00 scholarship to a deserving student.  Please complete the electronic application at:  www.bwscholar.com.  Additional information about this scholarship is available in the counseling office. Scholarship deadline May 8th, 2017

Julie Butcher Law Office Scholarship -- The Julie Butcher Law Office is pleased to announce the availability of a scholarship for students, which will be awarded at the beginning of the next academic year (August 2017).  Applicants must write a 500-1000 word essay (in a word doc or PDF format) that answers this question: “When did you become passionate about volunteering in your community and what have you done throughout your academic career to further the cause(s) for which you have given your time?  The scholarship is for $1,000 and applicants must write a 500-1000 word essay (in a word doc or PDF format) that answers this question: “When did you become passionate about volunteering in your community and what have you done throughout your academic career to further the cause(s) for which you have given your time?”  Deadline is May 31, 2017. Full details can be viewed at http://juliebutcherlaw.com/legal-award/

 

**SigEp Kentucky Delta – offers the Balanced Man Scholarship to award Western Kentucky University incoming male students who exhibit academic excellence, demonstrate leadership skills and commit to their health and well-being.  The application can be accessed at:  www.sigepkydelta.org/balanced-man-scholarship/Application deadline is June 1, 2017.

 

**The Bobby Joe Payne Scholarship (University of Kentucky) – was created in 2003 to provide tuition assistance to a deserving Kentucky student who has excelled academically.  The award amount generally varies between $1,000 - $2,000 for the academic year.  To be eligible for this scholarship the student must be a graduating senior at Bryan Station High School.  For more information in this scholarship, please contact the University of Kentucky Office of Academic Scholarships at 859-257-4198.

 

 

**Summit Salon Academy Lexington – is awarding several tuition scholarships, one for Cosmetology, one for Esthetic and one for Nail Technology.  Paper applications are available in the counseling office.




 

The Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society Scholarship – invites applications from all high school graduating seniors planning to attend college/university in fall 2017. Merit and need-based scholarships are available, amount per scholarship is $1000.  For more information and to apply online visit:  scholarship.biacs.org.  Application deadline is March 13, 2017.

Big Ass Scholars spend the summer after graduation interning at our Lexington headquarters, which is regularly voted one of the best places to work in Kentucky. Not only do they gain incredible experience in an exciting and challenging environment… they're also paid a $5,000 stipend. In addition, they receive a $5,000 scholarship to the four-year college of their choice. For more information please go to Big Ass Fans Scholars. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 17, 2017.


The Community Foundation of Louisville is seeking qualified applicants for over 50 scholarship funds.  Specifically, the Edward E. & Beverley H. McDonald Scholarship Fund was established by Mrs. Beverley H. McDonald of Nicholasville, Kentucky, to provide scholarship assistance to graduating seniors from Bryan Station High School, Lafayette High School or Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky, or any high school located in Jessamine County, Kentucky.I encourage you and your students to visit our website to learn more about Community Foundation of Louisville’s scholarship program and for students to create an account to complete the general application.  All of our scholarships are available online.  The deadline to complete and submit an application is March 15, 2017 at 11:59p.m

The Garvice Kincaid Scholarship – the Kincaid Foundation is awarding scholarships to graduates of FCPS high schools.  See Mrs. Guilford (in the counseling office) for access to an online blank application that can be typed in Microsoft Word.  Application Deadline is March 21, 2017.

Fayette County Farm Bureau – will award a maximum of $10,000 ($2,500 per semester) to a Fayette County student seeking a two-year vocational/technical degree/certificate from an accredited institution.  To be eligible, applicant must be a member of Fayette County Farm Bureau and remain such while the scholarship is in force.  Application may be accessed at:  www.fayettecofarmbureau.com or paper copies are available in the counseling office.  Application deadline is March 24, 2017.

Fayette County Farm Bureau Education Foundation, Inc. awards a maximum of $20,000 in the amount of $5,000 per year.  To be eligible, applicants must reside in and attend school in Fayette County and be a member of the Fayette County Farm Bureau. Application may be accessed at:  www.fayettecofarmbureau.com or paper copies are available in the counseling office.  Application deadline is March 24, 2017.

Outstanding Community Service Award for High School Seniors – is designed to reward high school seniors who are making a difference in the community. Multiple students can be selected for the award based on the selection panel’s assessment of the nominations. One student will receive the “Most Outstanding Recipient” award for superior community service and will receive a check in the amount of $1,000. The remaining recipients will receive a check in the amount of $250 or $100 (based on the panel’s assessment). Paper applications are available in the counseling office. Deadline is March 31, 2017.

Lexington Lions Club Community Service Scholarship – provides a one-time award for a high school senior who demonstrates outstanding community service, academic excellence and leadership in school activities. Scholarships amounts vary between $500 and $2000. Paper applications are available in the counseling office. Deadline is March 31, 2017.

Kentucky Federation of Republican Women – 2017 Scholarship Program grants a $1,000 scholarship each year to a college-bound high school senior girl who has been politically active within the Republican Party.  Paper applications are available in the Counseling Office.  Deadline is April 1, 2017.

Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute Scholarship Program- will award seven $1,000 scholarship to graduating seniors that live in a modular or manufactured home in Kentucky. Paper applications are available in the counseling office. Deadline is April 1, 2017.

The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship - is a national, highly competitive scholarship program that makes annual awards to qualified, outstanding undergraduate students. Herbert Lehman Awards are $2,000 per year for four years (as long as scholars remain in good academic standing and continue to meet the scholarship criteria) for a total of $8,000. Application and eligibility/award criteria can be found at: http://www.naacpldf.org/herbert-lehman-education-fund-scholarship. Printed applications are available in the counseling office. Deadline is April 1, 2017.


Bryan Station Alumni Association – Alumni School Service Award –this is an award, not a scholarship. Criteria is based on an overall 2.0 GPA and service to BSHS through active participation in school academic and athletic organizations and/or in school projects. An award of $2,000 is given for one school year. Paper application are available in the counseling office. Deadline is April 3, 2017.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated’s Education Foundation offers scholarships to African-American males who plan to attend a four-year college/university.  Applications are reviewed by the Fraternity’s scholarship committee to recommend scholarship winners for the upcoming academic year.  Paper applications are available in the counseling office.  Application deadline is April 3, 2017.

**Kentucky American Water – 2017 Ripple Effect Scholarship.  This scholarship is in the form of a one-time payment of $500.00 and may be used at any accredited in-state or out-or-state university, college or trade school.  For an application and more details visit:  kentuckyamwater.com or stop by the counseling office to pick up a paper application.  Deadline is April 7, 2017.

Lexington Rotary Club> – is pleased to recognize the academic achievements of outstanding graduating high school seniors in Fayette County.  The application process is online, students may apply for a scholarship by visiting:  www.rotarylexky.org.   Scholarship awards are significant - the Rotary Scholar will receive a $6,000 scholarship, payable in the amount of $1,500 per year.  The All Fayette County Scholastic Team members will earn a scholarship of $1,000 per honoree.  Application deadline is April 10, 2017.


Bluegrass Community & Technical College The Following 2017-2018 scholarship opportunites are available for BRYAN STATION STUDENTS ONLY! Apply online here. Deadline is March 1, 2017.

Tim A. Cantrell Scholarship-this annual scholarship was given in 2001 by an anonymous donor in honor of Tim Cantrell to recognize his talent, dedication, and academic achievement. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students with first prefernce being given to first-year students from Bryan Station High School who demonstrats financial need. The funds can be used for tuition, fees, and books. Deadline is March 1, 2017.

Dr. Jack B. Jordan ScholarshipThis annual scholarship was established in 2002 by an anonymous donor in honor of Dr. Jack B. Jordan. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students with preference given to first-year students from Bryan Station High School who demonstrates financial need. The fund can be used for tuition, fees, and books. Deadline is March 1, 2017.

Gordon M. Nichols, Jr. Scholarship This annual scholarship was established in 2003 by an anonymous donor in honor of Gordon M. Nichols, Jr. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students with preference given to first-year students from Bryan Station High School who demonstrates financial need. The fund can be used for tuition, fees, and books.Deadline is March 1, 2017.


Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation Scholarship kyfb.com/scholarships – Deadline is February 28, 2017.


Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16-- Whitaker Bank, as part of its continuing support of the KHSAA and sponsorship of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16, will be presenting a one-time $1,500 scholarship to four high school senior student athletes. The scholarships are open to high school seniors that participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports and sport-activities. Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application Forms are only available online and may be completed using the following link: http://khsaa.org/020217-2017-whitaker-bankkhsaa-sweet-16-scholarship-applications-now-open/

Deadline for the information to be received by the KHSAA is February 25.

Lexington Sister Cities Exchange Program – in Deauville, Shinhidaka, Ireland and England.  For all the details and applications visit: www.lexingtonky.gov/sistercities.Deadline is February 1, 2017

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - Do know a graduating senior who is interested in Engineering? Math? CAD? Building structures or roadways? If so, we have an exceptional scholarship opportunity available! The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offers two scholarship programs geared toward civil engineering. These scholarships provide money for college, paid summer employment while in school, and full-time employment after college graduation. This opportunity can’t be beat!!  Below you will find a brief description. More details and the applications can be found on our website at http://transportation.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Scholarships.aspx. The Civil Engineering Scholarship Program is for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Western KY University, University of Louisville, or University of Kentucky. Students can also take classes at other Kentucky state colleges/universities, with approved programs, before transferring to WKU, UofL, or UK. Candidates must have an ACT composite score of 24 and maintain a GPA of 2.5 while in college. College Freshmen and Sophomores currently receive $6,200 a semester to apply towards tuition, books, etc. Juniors and Seniors receive $6,600 a semester. Students are expected to work for the Cabinet upon graduation for each year they received a stipend. This scholarship can be worth over $51,000! The Civil Engineering Technology Program is for students interested in pursuing an associate's degree in civil engineering technology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg and Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington. Candidates must meet the entrance qualifications for the college and maintain a GPA of 2.5. Students receive $3,000 a semester, and are expected to work for the Cabinet upon graduation for each year they receive a stipened. Due Date for both: February 1, 2017

 

The League of Women Voters of Lexington Essay Contest - Paper applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline is December 9, 2016.

2017 USDA 1890 National Scholars Program- offers scholarships to U.S. citizens that are seeking a Bachelor’s degree at one of the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural sciences or other related disciplines.  Paper applications are available in the Counseling Office. Deadline is December 31, 2016

The 2017 Kentucky State University Annual MLK Celebration Scholarship is an opportunity for high school seniors with a 2.5+ GPA and a minimum score of 18 on the ACT to apply for a one-year tuitioin scholarship. To be considered for this opportunity, eligible students must complete the following steps:

  • Complete and submit your application by January 13, 2017 by 4:30pm.
  • Submit a resume or list of school and/or community activities.
  • Submit a 350 -500 word essay on the following topic- "The importance of HBCU's during the lifetime of Martin LUther King Jr. and today."

The completed application should be mailed to:Charlene Walker, 470 Cooper Drive, 206E Oswald Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0235 or emailed to charlene.walker@kctcs.edu

Deadline is January 13, 2017

2016-2017 Prindle Institute High School Essay Competition - The Prindle Institute for Ethics will award five prizes ($300 each) for the best essays written by high school students on an ethics-related topic. This year’s topic focuses on the ethics of voting. Any high school student is encouraged to submit a 1000-2000 word essay. Online application and guidelines can be found here. Deadline is January 16, 2017.

Congressional Seminar Essay Contest for High School Students – Essay Topic:  Why was the division of power between the President and Senate to nominate a Supreme Court Justice created by our founding fathers?  Complete application information can be found on the NSCDA website: nscda.org Deadline is December 1, 2016.

POE STAR Scholarship -- Established in 2009, the STAR Scholarship provides a $2,500 nonrenewable award to high school senior women who wish to pursue post-secondary education.

This is a highly competitive scholarship. Each applicant will be asked to provide a writing sample (your common application essay will suffice). Please send your name, address, school you attend, contact information, and attach a writing sample and email to the contact below. DEADLINE:  OCTOBER 4, 2016

Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

  • Exhibits excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success.
  • 20 years of age or under at the end of the calendar year
  • In the final academic year (senior year) of secondary education at time of application deadline
  • Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • Plans to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the United States or Canada full-time or part-time in the fall of the academic year after graduation
  • Recommended by a P.E.O. chapter

For more information, please contact: Susan McLaughlin 859 321 9638 or susan@ceinstruction.com

Diversity Office Scholarship Program Applicants must be first-generation and/or low-income, full-time, degree-seeking students. Consideration will be given to all students who have exhibited a dedication to diversity, which at EKU includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and cultural or national backgrounds. Scholarship recipients will participate in a variety of programs designed to give them the tools for success, inside and outside the classroom. Deadline Oct 1, 2016 diversity.eku.edu

 

 

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