Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Scholarships Available For Beverage Servers Undergoing State Training

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 26, 2007  
Contact Information:  Nathan Jones

     FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2007)  – The Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today announced that scholarships are available in several counties and communities for beverage servers who want to receive special state training on Kentucky’s beverage laws and regulations and the nuances of responsible beverage serving.

     Scholarships totaling more than $20,000 have been funded through prevention groups and are being offered in certain communities that have recognized the importance of having properly trained beverage servers.

     The training program is STAR – Server Training in Alcohol Regulations. ABC developed the training and makes it available to all servers and sellers of alcohol in Kentucky.  The class is $35 and results in a certification that is valid for three years.

     Alcohol-related incidents such as arrests, accidents, and sales to minors are reduced when servers are properly trained in laws, regulations and the physical affects of alcohol on the body.  Compliance rates have risen since the inception of STAR and are at a current high of 91 percent in Kentucky.

     Scholarships are available as follows:

  • Murray – $1,050 per year for Murray State University students, from Coalition
    for Alcohol Risk Education.
  •  Montgomery County – $3,885 from Champions, Open Eyes, New Faith Based Coalition, and the ALERT Regional Prevention Center in Ashland.
  •  Morehead – $7,350 from Rowan County Champions and ALERT Regional Prevention Center.
  •  Woodford County – $7,000 from KY Agency for Substance
     Abuse Policy (ASAP)
  •  Bluegrass Region (Anderson, Boyle, Bourbon, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford) – $12,000 for “college age” servers, 18 to 23, from Bluegrass Prevention and Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Board, Inc.

    “We appreciate the progressive action these community groups have taken in providing educational assistance to those who sell alcohol in their communities as a preventive measure toward curtailing the incidents of over-service and sales to minors,” said Sandra Watts, ABC education branch manager.

     Servers and sellers interested in applying for scholarships should contact the Kentucky ABC to register for STAR by calling 502-564-4850 or referring to

     The Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control is part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.