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Scholarship Info

Deadline for 2020-21 scholarships has passed, files are under review by the scholarship committee.

A college education is a major investment.  We are here to help you find funds and earn that degree.  West Kentucky Community and Technical College has a varienty of scholarship opportunities.  We offer a little something for everyone!  

  • 2021-22 Scholarship Application Opens: October 1, 2020
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Scholarship applications are only accepted online.
  • You will need to complete both the WKCTC Admissions Application and the FAFSA. 
  • We will need your most recent or final high school transcript.
  • If you have college work, you will need to ask your other school to mail your official transcripts to: WKCTC Admissions, PO Box 7380, Paducah, KY 42002

Note: Merit Scholarship Criteria for current high school students requires a minimum of 21 ACT score (1060 SAT score) and 3.0 GPA.

Merit scholarships are available to current WKCTC students and incoming high school seniors.

High School Seniors

  • Merit Scholarships are available to high school seniors with outstanding academic records based on a combination of grade point average and ACT/SAT scores.
  • By completing the online general scholarship application you are automatically considered for all available scholarships, including Merit Scholarships.
  • An official transcript from your high school guidance counselor will be required.
  • Must enroll as a full-time student (12-15 hours) at WKCTC.

    Returning Students
  • Merit Scholarships are eligible for renewal for a second continuous year of study. Students must complete a minimum of 24 graded college hours by the completion of the spring semester and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater.
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student
     

Merit Scholarships are available to currently enrolled high school students planning to attend WKCTC in Fall 2020.

 

ACT/SAT and GPA requirments for Merit based scholarships.  Call 270.534.3435 for assistance.

 

Scholarship Amounts

  • Presidential Scholarship - 100% Tuition and Fees
  • Commonwealth I Scholarship - $4000
  • Commonwealth II Scholarship - $3000
  • Trustee Scholarship - $2500
  • Grisham Scholarship - $1000
  • PJC Scholarship - $500

A general scholarship is an award that is based upon stated criteria. Students should consider general scholarship award criteria when completing the scholarship application and providing information.

A need-based scholarship is an award that is based upon stated criteria as well as evidence of financial need. The WKCTC Scholarship Committee considers the FAFSA calculated EFC (expected family contribution) and provided applicant information as an indication of financial need. All students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA. Students who do not submit a FAFSA will not be considered for any scholarship where financial need is indicated.

Please see the Scholarship Opportunities Brochure for a complete listing of general and need-based scholarships. Scholarship amounts are determined by funding availability.

NOTE: Academic scholarships pay for WKCTC credits only.

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

George E. Beiderwell Scholarship
Available to a student who meets with general scholarship criteria and lives in one of the Purchase Area counties of Kentucky.

James C. Bowling Scholarship
Available to students who meet the general scholarship criteria.

Brockenborough Engineering Scholarship
Available to a pre-engineering (mechanical or chemical) student.

Noble & Garline Clark Scholarship
Available to a McCracken County or Graves County high school graduate who is majoring in business and plans to transfer to a four-year university.

Donald & Rosella Crecelius Scholarship
Available to pre-engineering student or student admitted to nursing program (RN). Student must demonstrate financial need.

Nat Dortch Sr. Scholarship
Available to a student studying science or geology.

Gene & Ann Edwards Engineering
Available to a pre-engineering student.


Jack Faughn Scholarship
Available to a cosmetology student.

Merle Fowler Family Scholarship
Available to a student studying nursing or surgical technology.

Good Ole Boys/Russ Chittenden Scholarship
Available to pre-engineering students.


Mary Rose Greenberg Scholarship
Available to students who meet the general scholarship criteria.


Fern Hamblin Memorial Scholarship
Available to a student studying culinary arts.


B.A. Hamilton Scholarship
Available to students enrolled in the collision repair technology program. Preference given to African-American students. Students enrolled in automotive technology may be eligible if there is no qualified applicant from collision repair technology.


William G. Haus Scholarship
Available to a graduate of Marshall County High School majoring in pre-engineering


Harper Industries Scholarship
Available to students who meet the general scholarship criteria with preference given to children of employees of Harper Industries, employees of Harper Industries, or spouses of employees of Harper Industries.


Dr. James Hawkins

Available to a student studying education.

Harry M. Hogan Trust Scholarship
Available to residents of McCracken county who demonstrate financial need.


Hough Scholarship
Available to students who meet the general scholarship criteria, with preference given to nursing or engineering students.


Instrument Systems & Automation Society Scholarship
Available to a technical student in an automation, electrical or process program and pre-engineering students who demonstrate financial need. Student must be a resident of western Kentucky.

KCTCS John T. Smith Scholarship
Available to a Kentucky resident. Student must be enrolled in at least 6 hours. Preference given to African-American students. Minimum 2.50 GPA.


Shirley Trail Lanier Scholarship
Available to a student enrolled in the Cosmetology program. Student should demonstrate financial need. Minimum 2.50 GPA.


John C. Leeper Pre-Chiropractic Scholarship
Available to a pre-chiropractic studies student. NOTE: Applicant must provide statement of mentorship from a certified chiropractor. Download form from the WKCTC scholarship website.


Dewey & Mary Lineberry Scholarship
Available to a student accepted into the nursing program (RN), a pre-engineering or UK engineering student. Student must demonstrate financial need.


Marvin Family Companion Scholarship
Available to a pre-engineering student.

James W. Marvin Jr Scholarship
Available to current high school students graduating from a Graves or McCracken County High School. Candidates must demonstrate financial need and must not be eligible for full financial aid funding. Candidates may be full or part-time.

R.G. “Dean” Matheson Scholarship
Available to a student who meets the general scholarship criteria. Student must demonstrate leadership ability and participate in extra-curricular activities.

Corman E. Maxie Scholarship
Available to a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School who demonstrates financial need. Preference given to mathematics education, science education or nursing (RN or LPN) students.


City of Metropolis Scholarship
Available to a graduate of a Massac County, IL high school.

Mildred Irene Miller Scholarship
Available to a student who meets the general scholarship criteria.

Paducah School of Art Scholarship
Available to a student planning to pursue or currently enrolled in Associate of Fine Art degree program at Paducah School of Art.

Jack Paxton Memorial Scholarship
Available to a student graduating from a public or private high school in the following Kentucky counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg.  Preference given to freshman. Student must demonstrate financial need. NOTE: Minimum GPA is 2.50.

John R. & Opal M. Reid Scholarship
Available to a graduate of a public high school in McCracken County. Preference given to descendants of John Barton Reid. NOTE: Descendants of John Barton Reid should indicate nature of relationship on the scholarship application.

Regional Educators Program Scholarship
Available to students planning to study education.

Hermon J. Robertson Scholarship
Available to a student who meets the general scholarship criteria. Preference given to graduates of Paducah Tilghman High and chemistry or physics students.

Elmer E. & Lottie M. Robinson Electrical Engineering Scholarship
Available to a science, electrical technology or electrical engineering student.

Charles A. Saladino Scholarship
Available to an entering freshman who is graduating from a high school in McCracken County.


Bill & Meredith Schroeder Scholarship
Available to a student who meets the general scholarship criteria.


Jim Smith Contracting Scholarship
Available to incoming freshmen. Candidates may be full-time or part-time students. Candidates should indicate planned study in Diesel Technology, Computer Aided Drafting, Welding Technology or CDL Training and reside in one of the following Kentucky counties: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, McCracken, Livingston, Lyon or Trigg counties. Candidates must demonstrate financial need. Minimum 2.50 GPA.

Ingle L. Tolen Scholarship
Available to a student who meets the general scholarship criteria.


G. Leon Williams Scholarship
Available to a student studying humanities.

WK Alumni Association Scholarship
Available to Kentucky residents with financial need. Preference given to students with direct relatives who attended West Kentucky Vocational School, West Kentucky State Vocational School or West Kentucky State Vocational-Technical School. Please specify relationship in application. Minimum 2.50 GPA.


Woman’s Club of Paducah Scholarship
Available to a female graduate of a Paducah or McCracken County High School.

 

CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS
Baptist Health Cancer Care & Blood Disorders
Available to a currently enrolled allied health program student who demonstrates financial need. Student must be a Kentucky resident.

Fred & Mary Barber Scholarship
Available to a female student admitted to the nursing program (RN) who demonstrates financial need. Preference given to minority candidates.


Dr. C Dale Brown Medical Imaging Scholarship
Available to a student admitted to the radiography program.

Keith Cooper Memorial Scholarship
Available to a student currently enrolled in the WKCTC welding program and in their final semester/year of earning a diploma. Candidates may be part-time students. Minimum 2.50 GPA.

Chuck Mayo and Radiography Alumni Scholarship
Available to students admitted to the WKCTC Radiography program.


Tony McClure Memorial Scholarship
Available to a student admitted to the nursing program (RN or LPN). Student must demonstrate financial need.


McCracken County Medical Alliance Scholarship
Available to a student admitted to an allied health program.

Dr. Tena Payne Scholarship
Available to a student admitted to the Associate Degree nursing program (RN).


Richard R. Ragland Scholarship
Available to a student admitted to the nursing program (RN or LPN) who demonstrates financial need.

Earl & Joan Richardson Scholarship
Available to currently enrolled allied health or pre-engineering student.

Jennifer D. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship
Available to a nursing student (RN or LPN) who demonstrates financial need.

Williams-Wahl Scholarship
Available to a currently enrolled female student who meets the general scholarship criteria.


Yaffe Family Scholarship
Available to a currently enrolled culinary arts student.

Yeiser/Lowertown Arts & Music Festival Scholarship
Available to a currently enrolled Associate of Fine Arts student at the Paducah School of Art and Design able to demonstrate community engagement or volunteerism.

 

NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS
Mary Louise Carpenter Scholarship
Available to a female student admitted to the nursing program (RN) who demonstrates financial need. Student must have school age children.

Garvin & Sylvia Curd Scholarship
Available to a single, female, head of household that is a Kentucky resident. Student must demonstrate financial need and have an academic record that demonstrates their interest in achieving an academic goal.

Kim Godby Memorial Scholarship
Available to a non-traditional, female student returning to school after raising a family. Candidates should have children in or above 6th grade. Candidates may be full or part-time students.

Leadership Paducah Scholarship
Available to residents of McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Graves, Marshall, Livingston and Massac counties. Must be at least 21 years of age and demonstrate financial need. Minimum 2.50 GPA.

Marshall E. Nemer Memorial Scholarship
Available to a currently enrolled, non-traditional student who demonstrates financial need.


Vel Lynn Pace Scholarship
Criteria under review.

Paducah Business & Professional Women Scholarship
Available to a currently enrolled female resident of McCracken County who demonstrates financial need. Student must be (1) single mother, (2) aged 40 or above or (3) provide the sole support for their families. Preference may be given to minority candidates.

 

Scholarship amounts are determined by funding availability.  NOTE: Academic scholarships pay for WKCTC credits only.

CURRENTLY ENROLLED WKCTC STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

  • Merit Scholarships are eligible for renewal for a second continuous year of study. Students must complete a minimum of 24 graded college hours by the completion of the spring semester and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater.
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student

The following is provided for informational purposes only. WKCTC does not accept applications for any funding sources listed in this area. Interested students should apply for funding directly to the source selected.

Search for additional scholarship opportunities to meet your educational needs.

Learn about additional scholarships for nursing students:

The WKCTC Scholarship Committee reviews each application to determine eligibility.  If you are not eligible for a scholarship, the scholarship coordinator will notify you via the email account provided on the scholarship application.  If you are eligible and funds are available, an offer will be mailed to you at the address provided on the scholarship application and a contract emailed to you.  Acceptance letters/contracts are sent out no later than the beginning of May.  Keep in mind that each contract has a specific deadline and must be completed online by the date listed on the letter.  Students that receive scholarship funds from WKCTC must file a FAFSA annually, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, and meet the specific criteria for the awards they receive.

 

When is the deadline for WKCTC’s 2020-2021 scholarship application?

Deadline – March 1, 2020 at noon

 

What is the Merit Scholarship Criteria for current high school students?

Students must have a minimum of 21 ACT/1060 SAT score and 3.0 GPA.

 

Does the scholarship application apply per year or per semester?

The application process is open once per year (October 1 – March 1), and scholarships pay out 50% in the fall semester and 50% in the spring semester

 

When and how will I know if I received a scholarship?

Scholarships will be awarded in early March, and the selected applicants will be notified by mail in late March/early April.

 

If I am a dual credit student, will I have to complete multiple scholarship applications when I complete a new admissions application

Only one scholarship application per year is required for all scholarship applications.

 

Where can I find a list of all the scholarships your school offers?

You can find a list of all available scholarships on our website.

 

Are there program specific scholarships that WKCTC offers?

Yes, there are some program specific scholarships, and they are listed on our website.  The good news is that you will also not need to complete another application for these scholarships.  (This does not apply to 3rd party or external scholarships)

 

Do I have to be admitted to WKCTC before receiving an academic scholarship offer?

No! The scholarship application process is open from early October to March 1, and we understand that scholarships can play a large part in the decision-making process when you are deciding where to attend.  So, we welcome students to apply for scholarships even before they have decided to attend WKCTC. However, students will need to provide an updated HS transcript and ACT/SAT score before the March 1st deadline

 

Can I use my academic scholarship during a summer term?

Scholarships are applied in equal amounts to the fall and spring semesters. They are not able to be applied to summer terms.

 

 

How do I apply for freshman competitive academic scholarships?

We have one simple online application that applies to all available scholarships for the academic year. If you are a current local high school student, we will work with your High School guidance counselor to get your official GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

 

It is after March 1st, can I still be considered for freshman competitive academic scholarships?

Unfortunately, scholarship applications cannot be considered if they are received after the March 1 deadline. If you are still needing financial assistance to offset the cost of attending we would encourage you to speak to a financial aid advisor as well as seek out 3rd party scholarships.

 

Are letters of recommendation required for academic scholarship consideration?

We do not require letters of recommendation for our academic scholarship process.

 

How do I accept my academic scholarship once I am awarded?

Once you are selected for an academic scholarship you will receive an offer packet in the mail with information on how to accept and the deadline date for acceptance.

 

I received an academic scholarship offer, but is this all of the funding I will receive from WKCTC?

Your academic scholarship offer packet will contain information about all of the scholarship funding you will receive. It will not contain any information regarding grants, loans, or other forms of financial aid.

 

My classmate received an academic scholarship offer from WKCTC, but they are planning to attend another university. May I use their scholarship or will it be re-awarded to another student?

Academic scholarships are not transferrable.

 

I have been offered a larger scholarship package from another institution. Can West Kentucky Community and Technical College match the funds I am promised by other schools?

Once a scholarship offer has been made that offer is final. Although another institution may offer a larger scholarship amount, it is important to remember to factor the entire cost of attendance and the percentage that your scholarship will cover. By offering affordable tuition rates and competitive scholarship amounts we believe that WKCTC is a great place to attend!

 

Why doesn't the tuition scholarship cover all of the fees related to my classes?

This will very much depend on the scholarship awarded. Some scholarships specify they are to be used for tuition only. Most scholarships are awarded for a specific dollar amount that can be applied to tuition and mandatory fees, and full-tuition merit scholarships can be applied to tuition and mandatory fees but may not cover all additional fees.

 

Why was my academic scholarship amount reduced?

Academic scholarships that are eligible for renewal are awarded in the same amount for the first and second year of attendance, as long as all renewal requirements are met. If you received a non-merit donor-defined scholarship it was awarded for one year only. You may have received a different scholarship (for a different amount) your second year.

 

What if I lost my scholarship eligibility, can I earn it back at a later date if my GPA improves or if I am full-time?

You are not able to earn back a scholarship after it is lost due to not meeting eligibility requirements. You are welcome to reapply for other scholarships during the next scholarship cycle for the following academic year.

 

Do I need to be enrolled full-time in order to receive my academic scholarship?

In most cases, yes, however there are certain scholarship that allow a student to be part time and still be awarded. By completing the online scholarship application, you will be considered for all academic scholarships, even those only requiring part-time enrollment.

 

What if I graduate early from WKCTC and do not use all eight (8) semesters of my academic scholarship?

Scholarships are only awarded per academic year, for a maximum of two semesters, although some scholarships are renewable for a second academic year. Scholarship amounts are only applied to student accounts after attendance is verified for each semester. If you are not attending WKCTC for a semester, academic scholarship awards will not be applied to a student’s account.

 

If I earn a degree from WKCTC and decide to return for another semester, do I still receive my scholarship?

If you receive a degree or certificate in the fall semester and return in the spring semester, as long as you maintain all scholarship requirements, you would be eligible to receive the spring portion of your awarded scholarship. Continuous enrollment is required with a maximum of four semesters covered by a scholarship.

 

How will my scholarship be impacted if I drop or add a class?

Every situation is different, but if dropping a class places you below the full-time threshold you may be at risk for losing certain scholarship funding.

 

SCHOLARSHIP CONTACT INFORMATION  

WKCTC General and Need Based Scholarships
WKCTC Admissions
PO Box 7380
Paducah, KY 42002
270.534.3435
WKCTCenrollment@kctcs.edu  

FAFSA, KEES, Loans, Work Ready, 15-to-Finish

WKCTC Financial Aid
PO Box 7380
Paducah, KY 42002
270.534.3467
WestKentucky-FinancialAid@kctcs.edu  

Community Scholarship Program 
Dual Credit Waivers
WKCTC K-12 Partnerships
PO Box 7380
Paducah, KY 42002
270.534.3282
Lisa.Stephenson@kctcs.edu  
3rd Party Scholarships (Employer, Church, etc.)
WKCTC Business Office
PO Box 7380
Paducah, KY 42002
270.534.3345
Jenni.Herndon@kctcs.edu  
Donations, including establishing or contributing to a scholarship fund:
Kyle Fisher, Manager of Advancement
WKCTC Advancement
PO Box 7380
Paducah, KY 42002
270.534.3086
Kyle.Fisher@kctcs.edu