KHEAA Teacher Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$5,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

May 1

Wednesday
Awarded By:

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards varies annually based on the number of qualified applicants. Approximately 650 awards disbursed each year.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a resident of Kentucky.
  3. Must be enrolled or plan to enroll full time (unless enrolled for the final term of a teacher certification program and less than full-time enrollment is required to complete the program).
  4. Must plan to pursue initial teacher certification in Kentucky.
  5. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  6. Must plan to attend an eligible public or private Kentucky institution. A list of eligible schools is available online at the KHEAA website.
  7. Must be a high school senior or older. Please note: Freshmen and sophomores will receive scholarships only if funds remain after juniors, seniors, and graduate students receive awards.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is available for Kentucky undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing an initital teacher certification. Priority is given to Juniors, seniors, and graduate level students.

Application requirements for the KHEAA Teacher Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • FAFSA
Additional Information: Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. FAFSA results are automatically released to KHEAA. The student's college must verify that he/she is enrolled in a major that will lead to initial teacher certification or his/her application will not be considered. Recipients cannot be enrolled in a program that leads to a certificate, diploma, or degree in theology, divinity, or religious education. Recipients must not be defaulted on a financial obligation to KHEAA. If a recipient does not complete his or her institution's education program or does not render qualified teaching service at a school certified by the Kentucky Department of Education, the scholarship becomes a loan and the recipient is required to repay the amount disbursed with 6% interest from the date of disbursement.

Award Amount: Awards are for a forgivable loan. Juniors, seniors, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students may receive up to $2,500 for each semester and $1,250 for each summer session. If funds remain, freshmen and sophomores may receive $625 each semester and $325 for each summer session. Students may reapply for this award each year. Recipients must sign a promissory note for each term a loan was disbursed and promise to teach one semester in Kentucky for each semester or summer session per a promissory note. Recipients who teaches in a critical shortage area will have promissory notes for two semesters or summer terms cancelled for each semester he/she teaches. If a recipient does not complete the program or does not render qualified teaching service, the scholarship becomes a loan and the recipient is required to repay the amount disbursed with six percent interest that accrues from the date of disbursement.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $5,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 1

Applications are available from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authorigy (KHEAA) website. To apply, students must first register for a 'Zip Access' on the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) homepage. Registered students must then complete the 'Teacher Scholarship' application. Students must also file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the deadline to apply. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, at high school guidance offices, and at college financial aid offices. For scholarship consideration, the scholarship application and the FAFSA results must be received by KHEAA by the deadline date.
Contact: Pam Polly
Address: P.O. Box 798 Frankfort, Kentucky 40602-0798

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