For nine consecutive years, the First Degree Scholarship program has funded scholarships for eligible Kentucky high school seniors to attend any two- or four-year accredited college or university. The 2021 First Degree awards, to be presented by the Kentucky School Boards Association at its February Annual Conference, will mark a decade of supporting Kentucky students.
In 2020, KSBA doubled the number of students to receive support – from two students to four – because of record participation in recent KSBA Educational Foundation fundraising initiatives. The scholarship funds are made possible by the generous contributions to the KSBA Educational Foundation by community partners and donors like you.
Scholarship Criteria and Application
One scholarship each will be awarded to two male and two female students. These nonrenewable scholarships will be paid directly to the institution of higher education upon the recipients’ official admission acceptances. Eligible students are those who would be the first members of their immediate families (parents, guardians, siblings) to receive a degree from an institution of higher education. Eligibility must be affirmed and signed by the high school guidance counselor and the school district’s board chairperson and superintendent. Please review the eligibility and timetable requirements in the downloadable document linked below.
The one-page application must be completed in its entirety, signed by the guidance counselor, board chairperson and superintendent, and must be received by the Kentucky School Boards Association no later than the enclosed deadline. Any board of education in Kentucky may place in nomination the names of up to two students per public school district – one male, one female – with a minimum ACT reading score of 20. KSBA will accept receipt of the first two eligible application forms per school district (additional applications will be disqualified).
Following the application deadline, scholarship recipients will be drawn at random from the pool of eligible applicants. The drawing will be conducted by the KSBA Board of Directors at one of its scheduled meetings.