Two Nelson County organizations partner with CKCF for scholarship program


Feb. 8, 2019 — High school seniors in Nelson County now have more of a reason to apply for scholarships at Central Kentucky Community Foundation’s (CKCF) Scholarship Central.

CKCF is proud to announce new partnerships with the Bardstown Rotary Club, Nelson County Community Support Inc. and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Through Scholarship Central, CKCF’s easy-to-use online platform for applying for local awards, CKCF will manage its scholarship programs.

The scholarships join more than 160 scholarships, including all ECTC scholarships, worth more than $300,000 offered on Scholarship Central by Central Kentucky Community Foundation. The scholarships, like the ones available through the Rotary and NCCSI, are available because generous local philanthropists want to invest in the future of deserving students pursuing higher education and helping them succeed.

Seniors in Nelson County can apply for 17 new scholarships totaling more than $15,000 offered by the two local organizations with one application using Scholarship Central, which is now taking applications. While there, students also can use the same application to apply for a multitude of other local scholarships offered to seniors in CKCF’s 10-county region.

“We are committed to expanding the efforts of the Nelson County Community Support Inc. to better support our students in creating their future stories through NPOSSIBLE college and career opportunities. This partnership with Central Kentucky Community Foundation to administer scholarships for us will not only increase the accessibility but enhance the overall process for families, students, schools and scholarship donors,” Nelson County Schools Superintendent Wes Bradley said.

“Access is an essential component for our college-bound students, and we feel confident this partnership will allow us to grow scholarship opportunities for our students.”

“The Bardstown Rotary Club is excited to offer students a new, online application process this year. Through our partnership with Central Kentucky Community Foundation, it will be easier for students to apply for our scholarships,” Bardstown Rotary Club member Tommy Reed said.

“Rotary works hard throughout the year to raise money to support higher education opportunities for our students, and this will help make those opportunities more available.”

The Nelson County Education Foundation scholarships joining Scholarship Central are:

• Taylor Martin Scholarship: Two $1,000 scholarships available to Thomas Nelson High School students.

• Tyler Foster Memorial Scholarship: Two $1,000 scholarships available to Thomas Nelson High School students.

• Kathy Kidwell Memorial Scholarship: Two $500 scholarships. One available to Nelson County High School students and one available to Thomas Nelson High School students.

• Randy Pinkston Memorial Scholarship: Not yet determined.

• Cindy Ethington Memorial Scholarship: One $1,000 scholarship to Nelson County High School students.

• Ann Ewing Memorial Scholarship: One $1,000 scholarship to Nelson County High School students.

The Bardstown Rotary Club scholarships joining Scholarship Central are:

• Bob Murray Memorial Scholarship

• Dr. John Benney Memorial Scholarship

• Father Ben Brown Scholarship

• Founding Fathers Scholarship

• Ron Filkins Memorial Scholarship

• Bardstown Rotary Club Members Scholarship

• Tom Duncan Reed, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

“We are honored the Bardstown Rotary Club and Nelson County Community Support Inc. saw the value Scholarship Central will provide for students in Nelson County and the convenience it offers their organizations,” said Davette B. Swiney, CKCF president and CEO. “We take the job of carrying out these donors’ requests very seriously and will continue to preserve their legacy forever.”

Also new to Scholarship Central this year is the addition of all ECTC scholarships. Last year, CKCF and ECTC announced a strategic partnership to strengthen higher education in our region. One of the first steps in developing this partnership was the opportunity to include ECTC’s current scholarship program within Scholarship Central.

“It was a natural fit to move our scholarships to CKCF’s platform, Scholarship Central,” said Dr. Juston Pate, ECTC president and CEO. “Many of the same students apply for our scholarships as they do CKCF’s scholarships. It made sense to work together on this process and have a more efficient way for students to apply.”

Scholarships vary in amount and eligibility criteria. Collectively they represent a wide range of qualifications to reach students at many levels of academics, activities and financial situations. CKCF serves a large region, and some scholarships are specific for certain counties or schools. Information about available scholarships can be found at www.ckcf4people.org. See specific scholarships for detailed application criteria.

“Central Kentucky Community Foundation has been awarding scholarships for more than 50 years,” Swiney said. “We are the largest awarder of local scholarship funds in the region, making us a trusted partner for multiple individual donors, organizations and foundations. Our goal is to streamline the process. We are thrilled to work with these three new programs, as well as our scholarship donors and organizations, to provide students with a one-stop shop for the resources they need to ensure a successful education.”

Seniors can pre-register for Scholarship Central at https://scholarships.ckcf4people.org/register. The portal is now open and students have until midnight EST March 1 to apply.


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