Establishing a Scholarship Fund


Establishing a Scholarship Fund


You can create a lasting legacy, investing charitable dollars directly to the future of deserving students.

Our scholarship funds provide an opportunity for donors to honor their loved ones, support the hard work of local students and help the next generation of community leaders develop the skills they need to be successful.

Scholarships can be set up with Central Kentucky Community Foundation according to your goals. They might benefit students from specific geographic areas or schools, those entering certain fields of study or attending particular post-secondary institutions. They may assist students most in need or students with high academic achievements. Whether you want to help a student pursuing veterinary school, honor your mother’s career in teaching or provide assistance to students from your hometown, we can tailor a fund to accomplish your goals.

CKCF manages 35 scholarship funds, which have been established by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Annual scholarship applications are administered according to donors’ criteria and are reviewed by a volunteer Scholarship Committee. Awards range from $500 to full tuition and may be used only for accredited academic institutions. Most scholarship funds at CKCF are permanent endowments, with the annual earnings used to provide the scholarships.

To get started setting up a scholarship fund, or for additional information, please contact Davette Swiney at 270-737-8393 or by email at


Benefits to Establishing a Scholarship Fund

  • It’s Easy – Every individual has their own set of unique interests, values and passions that guide them to establishing a customized scholarship fund. We’ll make this process easy so that your scholarship is awarded to the type of student who aligns with your values while staying compliant with the numerous regulations which govern scholarship funds.
  • We Do the Work – Scholarship Central, our online application platform, makes applying and scoring scholarships simple for the students and the reviewers.
  • Tax Benefits – Because we are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization you’ll qualify for the maximum income tax or estate tax deductions when you establish your scholarship fund.

To get started setting up a scholarship fund, or for additional information, please contact Davette Swiney at 270-737-8393 or by email at

Donor Stories

Read about some of our inspiring scholarship donors and their gifts to help students.

Harold and Cynthia Carter Memorial Scholarship Harold Ray Carter and Cynthia Ann Skaggs Carter were very supportive of higher education. Harold graduated from Hodgenville High School in 1948. Cynthia graduated from Buffalo High School in 1953 and later graduated from Sullivan Business College in Louisville. Read more…


Llewellyn Scholarship Fund Charley Nell Llewellyn spent her life working to make a difference for people. She was an extraordinary lady who left an extraordinary gift to Hardin County. Her $3.4 million total charitable gift is the largest single philanthropic gift ever given in Hardin County.
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Owen J. Estes, Sr. ScholarshipThe Owen J. Estes, Sr. Scholarship honors a father’s legacy in education. Owen J. Estes, Sr., spent his life teaching students in Hart County. His career as a math teacher touched an untold number of lives forever. To honor his father’s work in education, Paul Estes, established a scholarship fund for Hart County High School graduates. Read more…


Brianna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Brianna Taylor had a smile that lit up every room she walked into, and she never met a stranger. She loved her family with all her heart and was proud of her Elizabethtown High School heritage. She was always willing to help those in need and did everything she could to make those around her smile. She viewed not only her softball team but all of her friends, as family and was a source of strength for those she was close to. Brianna was an all-around student and person; she excelled on the field and in the classroom. Read more…


Brice Taylor Memorial Scholarship A leader, role model, and beloved friend, Brice Taylor was one of those special types of people that made a difference in the lives of every person he met. Brice made his own path in life by being a beloved friend to his peers, a role model to his amazing sister Brianna, and leader in the community. He always walked with a positive demeanor and treated everyone he talked to with the same compassion and respect. Read more…


Trooper Cameron Ponder Memorial ScholarshipOn September 13, 2015, Kentucky State Police Trooper Cameron Ponder (assigned to Post 1-Mayfield Kentucky) died from gunshot wounds sustained during a late-night traffic stop in Lyon County. Read more…


To get started setting up a scholarship fund, or for additional information, please contact Davette Swiney at 270-737-8393 or by email at