Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
Scholarship applications being taken
The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) will be accepting applications for Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships through Feb. 1, 2011. Students who will graduate from a Kentucky high school or earn a diploma through a home school program during the 2010-2011 academic year are eligible to apply. The scholarships are worth up to $1,500 a year for four years of college.
Qualified seniors can apply using Zip Access at www.kheaa.com. After the application period ends, high school officials will have until Feb. 15 to select the applicants the school wishes to submit for consideration. Applicants must be recommended by the high school they attend to be considered for a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. The number of applicants a school may submit depends on the school’s total enrollment. Home schools may nominate one student. Kentucky high schools with an enrollment of:
· 1,500 or more may nominate five applicants;
· 1,000 to 1,499 may nominate four applicants;
· 500 to 999 may nominate three applicants; and
· fewer than 500 may nominate two applicants.
The Byrd Scholarship is named for longtime U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, who authored the legislation establishing the program in 1985. Historically Kentucky has received enough funding to award 84 scholarships each year; 14 from each of the state’s six congressional districts. Recipients are chosen by an independent panel based on academics, community service, school involvement and school recommendation. For more information about Byrd Scholarships, call Danny McGaughey at (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7391.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602-0798; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.