Scholarship FAQ

Starting in January, students can begin applying for scholarships for the 2021-2022 Academic Year through Central Kentucky Community Foundation’s Scholarship Central. The application deadline for the scholarships is March 1. You may register anytime on Scholarship Central.

All scholarship applications in Scholarship Central require the following documentation:

  • Copy of your full Student Aid Report (SAR) when you complete the FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) – uploaded by applicant
  • Copy of acceptance letter to college/university – uploaded by applicant•Official transcript – provided by academic counselor
  • ACT and/or SAT scores – provided by academic counselor
  • Some scholarships require additional information, which is noted with that scholarship. Criteria varies for each scholarship and applicants must meet the specific criteria for each scholarship. Award amounts and the number of awards are estimates at this time.

Scholarships for graduating high school seniors will be announced at the high school awards ceremony. Current college students will be notified by mail.

Most scholarships are for one academic year, but we do offer some renewable scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply?
  2. What are the basic eligibility criteria?
  3. When is the scholarship application deadline?
  4. What types of scholarships are available?
  5. How much time will it take to complete the online application?
  6. Is there a cost to apply for a scholarship?
  7. What documents do I need to complete my online application?
  8. What will my Guidance Counselor have to do to complete my application?
  9. Can I mail my supporting documents?
  10. What if I don’t have a scanner to scan and upload my support documents?
  11. When will I be notified of the decision?
  12. Will the scholarship awards cover the entire cost of my college education?
  13. Are the scholarship awards taxable?
  14. Am I required to repay scholarship money?
  15. How are scholarship recipients selected?
  16. If I receive a scholarship one year, will i automatically receive an award for the following year?
  17. Where do I send a letter to thank the selection committee?
  18. Will Central Kentucky Community Foundation release any of the personal information I submit?
  19. I forgot my Username and/or Password. What should I do?
  20. What are the recommended browser requirements?
 

1. How do I apply?

The online application will open January 1 each year and close March 1 at midnight (EST). You will not be able to submit your application after midnight (EST) on March 1. Applications must be submitted through our online portal, Scholarship Central. Paper applications are not accepted.

 

2. What are the basic eligibility criteria?

Applicants must be planning to attend a 2- or 4-year accredited institution of higher education for the upcoming academic year. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Some scholarships are academic/merit-based, some are financial-based, and many consider both merit and need. To complete an application, the student must provide a copy of the FAFSA and college acceptance letter.

 

3. When is the scholarship application deadline?

The online application opens January 1 each year and closes March 1 at midnight (EST). You will not be able to submit your application after midnight (EST) on March 1.

 

4. What types of scholarships are available?

Scholarship Central contains scholarships from CKCF funds and from our community partners. Many of the scholarships offered on Scholarship Central are from our scholarship funds. You will see those noted with our logo. Some scholarships are offered by other organizations, our community partners, who use the Scholarship Central platform to facilitate their scholarship process. These are denoted by their logo. Parameters for awarding and the distribution process may vary depending on the awarding organization.

 

5. How much time will it take to complete the online application?

The time to complete applications varies significantly across students and depending on the number of scholarships a student is eligible to complete. Typically, it will take approximately 2-3 hours to fill out the application. Your application session will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity. You may save your application and return to it at any time prior to the deadline date.

 

6. Is there a cost to apply for a scholarship?

There is no charge to apply.

  

7. What documents do I need in order to complete my online application?

You will need to prepare the following support materials to attach/upload to your scholarship application:

  • Copy of your full Student Aid Report (SAR) when you complete the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
  • Copy of your college/university acceptance letter
  • Essay (required for some scholarships)
  • Letters of Recommendation (required for some scholarships)
  

8. What will my Guidance Counselor have to do to complete my application?

Your Guidance Counselor will be notified once you have completed your application. They will then attach the following documents and information to your application:

  • Your GPA (grade point average)
  • Your ACT or SAT scores
  • The number of AP or Dual Credit Courses you have taken
  • Your high school transcript
  

9. Can I mail my supporting documents?

We do not accept hard copies. Everything must be submitted online. We recommend that you gather the necessary tax documents to fill out the FAFSA. Applications can only be submitted once all support documents have been uploaded.

  

10. What if I don’t have a scanner to scan and upload my support documents?

You may want to seek assistance from a relative, friend, working professional or counselor, who may have access to a scanner. You can also visit the Hardin County Public Library – a free resource – or a copy center, such as Staples, which can assist you for a small fee. The recommended file format is PDF for attachments. You may also download a free PDF converter on your computer, which converts any saved document to a PDF format for easy uploading to your application. Recommended websites are www.freepdfconvert.com or www.pdfonline.com/convert-pdf. Many programs, including newer versions of Microsoft Word, have a save to PDF option as well.

  

11. When will I be notified of the decision?

You will be notified of those scholarships denoted by the CKCF logo before June 1 in most cases. Scholarships awarded by CKCF will be announced at our Celebrating Achievement event, which typically occurs at the end of April. Partnering scholarship organizations may have different timelines.

  

12. Will the scholarship awards cover the entire cost of my college education?

No. Scholarship awards are intended to be part of assisting with your higher education expenses and typically provide only partial support. Scholarships offer varying amounts depending on the size of the scholarship fund, the number of qualified applicants and the criteria of the fund. Students should investigate additional sources of financial aid such as those listed in financial aid offices of high schools, colleges and public libraries. High school and college counselors can also provide information for federal financial aid.

Scholarships awarded by CKCF are paid directly to the institution and applied to the student’s account to be used for tuition or other qualified expenses, not to exceed the cost of direct expenses incurred from the institution. The scholarship may not be refunded to the student and, if not used in its entirety within one year of the award date, it must be relinquished back to Central Kentucky Community Foundation to be used for future scholarship awards.

 

13. Are the scholarship awards taxable?

Generally, scholarships used for educational costs such as tuition, fees, books and supplies are not taxable. However, any portion of the scholarship used for room and board or miscellaneous expenses is taxable.

 

14. Am I required to repay scholarship money?

No. Scholarships are charitable grants.

 

15. How are scholarship recipients selected?

We use over 100 volunteer reviewers each year to review and score each application. The reviews are all conducted blindly, so reviewers do not know the identity of the applicants. 

 

16. If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?

No. Each year students must submit a new application unless awarded a renewable scholarship. Recipients of renewable scholarships are provided instructions for subsequent years.

 

17. Where do I send a letter to thank the selection committee?

Without the generosity of many people, these scholarships would not be available. We encourage you to thank those who make these opportunities possible. You will be given the opportunity to thank donors when it comes time to upload your verification documents after you’ve been awarded a scholarship. You can also send a handwritten correspondence letter to “Scholarship Committee” and mail to Central Kentucky Community Foundation, 200 Jim Owen Drive, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

 

18. Will Central Kentucky Community Foundation release any of the personal information I submit?

Most of the information provided is only viewed blindly by reviewers. All information received is confidential and will only be reviewed by the appropriate scholarship review committee members who abide by our strict confidentiality policy. CKCF will not release any information to other entities.

 

19. I forgot my Username and/or Password.  What should I do?

Click on the appropriate link at the sign-in page. You will need to use the same email address you used when first setting up your account. Please do not create another account if you forgot your username, password or email address. Contact the scholarship help desk https://scholarships.ckcf4people.org/contact  or call 270-737-8393 to reset your original account. 

 

20. What are the recommended browser requirements?

Internet Explorer version 9 and higher, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.