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 Apply for Scholarships

Scholarship applications are now closed until January 2023.  

**If applying for a scholarship that indicates “Financial Need Considered”, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), by the scholarship application deadline.**

For more information or if you have questions contact Financial Aid at

Please read each scholarship description carefully.

Available Scholarships

External scholarships are managed by outside organizations who have their own application process.  Students will need to follow the external links provided to apply.  Students who win an external scholarship will need to work with the outside organization and Jefferson’s Bursar’s office

Community Foundation of Louisville 

  • Vogt Educational & Leadership Scholarship (Current high school seniors only) - Applications open in October
  • Louisville Artisans Guild Art Scholarship (Current high school seniors only) - Applications open in November, close February 15
  • 15K Degrees Initiative for African American students graduating high school, currently enrolled or returning college students of a local college or university, and to students who live in Shawnee, Russell, California, Parkland or Newburg - Applications open in December, close April 1. 
  • Scholarships are open to International students.
  • General Scholarship Application (65 scholarships) - Applications open in December, close April 1
  • Community Foundation of Louisville scholarship coordinator: Naomi Davis


Community Foundation of Southern Indiana  

  • Lilly scholarship – Applications open in August and close September 14
  • All other scholarship applications open in December and close on February 1 
  • Community Foundation of Southern Indiana scholarship coordinator: Crystal Gunther  


KHEAA’s Affording Higher Education

This annual publication is updated yearly by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).  This book lists financial aid programs for Kentucky students pursuing higher education and includes many scholarship opportunities.  Please visit KHEAA's website to learn more amount Affording Higher Education in Kentucky.


The Point Foundation Community College Program

  • Students are evaluated on academic performance and potential, financial need, their involvement in school and community, and goals for the future.
  • This selective program aims to support LGBTQ leaders in their growth as student activists so that they can continue to inspire change in their communities both before and after transferring.
  • Scholarship application opens March 1 and closes May 3rd.  Learn more and how to apply on their website.


B. E. Tolliver's Books for Book Nerds Scholarship
To be eligible for a scholarship, students must:

  • Have received their high school diploma from a school in Kentucky or received their GED from the state of Kentucky.
  • Be currently enrolled full time (12 hours or more) in a college or university located within the state of Kentucky.
  • Compete in our essay contest.
  • Applications open May 2022 apply here


Bader Family Charitable Trust Scholarship

  • Deadline to apply: March 15
  • Purpose: To partially offset tuition costs (up to $10,000/year) of students from the Metro Louisville area who are the first generation in his or her family to attend college.
  • Scholarships are based on family educational history, student need, and overall student achievement.  Preference may be given to students attending college in Kentucky or Southern Indiana.
  • To be eligible for renewal a recipient must:
    • Be considered a full‐time student by the school, and
    • Maintain a minimum “2.5” grade point average (“GPA”) during the first year and a minimum of “2.75” GPA during any successive year.   GPAs are based on a scale in which “4.0” is the highest possible grade attainable
  • Application (DOC, 5 Pages)

    • Mail completed applications and official transcripts to:

      Bader Family Charitable Trust Scholarship  
      c/o Baird Trust
      P.O. Box 32760
      Louisville, KY  40232‐2760

Trane Technician of the Future Scholarship Program (HVAC)

  • Deadline to apply: March 1
  • Trane Technologies Company LLC has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to pursue HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and Air Conditioning) degree or certification or building automation technician technology related degree or certification in college or vocational school programs.
  • Learn more and apply here

Scholarship Search Websites

  • Students can apply for various scholarships on scholarship search websites, including:
  • These sites and scholarships are unaffiliated with Jefferson Community and Technical College.
  • Questions about these scholarships should be directed to the contact on the scholarship website.

The Evolve502 Scholarship will give every eligible JCPS graduate the opportunity for a tuition-free, two-year college degree, certificate, or training. With this incredible opportunity, open the doors to Jefferson and start your educational journey now!

To apply or learn more, visit the Evolve502 website.

The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship is available to students in eligible programs for up to four semesters who meet the following criteria:

  • Kentucky residents
  • Those with a high school diploma or students working on their GED.
  • Anyone without an associate degree or higher.

Visit the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship website to learn more and how to apply.

Thinking about starting college or going back to complete a degree? Jefferson Community and Technical College wants to help new students ages 25 or older jump-start their education and cover tuition for the upcoming Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. That’s up to 30 credit hours of free tuition!

To apply or learn more, visit the Jump-Start website

  • Jefferson Foundation/Gift and KCTCS Scholarship applications will open in January and close in March with dates posted on this website.  Students MUST have the scholarship application, all attachments, and the FAFSA (for Fall/Spring of the next academic year) submitted by the deadline to be considered for scholarships.
  • The Jefferson Scholarship Committee will meet in May to decide who will receive scholarships for the following Fall/Spring academic year. Awards will be posted, and notices sent to students in early June. 
  • Fall and Spring scholarships will be adjusted based on hours enrolled.  The student must maintain the minimum eligibility criteria for the scholarship in each Fall and Spring semester to receive the scholarship.  
  • Failing to maintain the eligibility criteria of a scholarship will result in the scholarship being cancelled and given to another student. 
  • Jefferson Financial Aid Office will check for eligibility criteria and enrollment after Fall or Spring census date.  If a student is not meeting the eligibility criteria of the scholarship or is not enrolled by the Census date the scholarship will be canceled and given to another student.
  • Scholarships should disburse with Jefferson Financial Aid’s first disbursement date for Fall and Spring semesters. 
  • Scholarships can only be used at Jefferson Community and Technical College and are not portable to any other college. 

How to Title the Scholarship Essay

Student First Name Last Name

Student ID Number 00________

Scholarship Name


Scholarships with Essay Requirements:

Dr. David Driscoll Memorial Scholarship

  • Applicants must submit an essay explaining their History-related career goal.
  • NOTE: History majors only.


Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Horvath Academic Assistance Scholarship

  • Applicants must submit a one-page essay describing their need.
  • NOTE: Parent or grandparent must be a fulltime JCTC employee or retiree.


George and Mary Lee Fischer Scholarship

Applicants must submit a 500-1000 word essay that provides:

  • A description of educational and career goals.
  • How this scholarship would help in educational journey.
  • Description of financial need.


Jefferson Jubilee Scholarship

Open to students enrolled in any area of study on any campus that have achieved and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit a 500 word essay that addresses these three areas:

  1. Explanation of education and career goals,
  2. How this scholarship would help you personally
  3. Why I am a good candidate for this scholarship

Preference will be given to students not eligible for other financial assistance; however, all students meeting the criteria are encouraged to apply. Financial need considered.


Mary Frances Opatken Gregory Scholarship

  • Applicants are required to submit an essay describing their education/career goals and how this scholarship could assist in reaching these goals.


Mimi's Hope Scholarship

Applicants must submit a statement (essay) for review that provides the following:

  • Why the applicant chose their field of study.
  • A description of their career goals.
  • How this scholarship would help in their educational journey.
  • A description of their financial need.


Visit the Learning Commons Tutoring Center for help writing your essay. 


Scholarship Attachments 

Highland Woman’s Club Endowed Scholarship

  • Must submit a copy of the most recent year's tax filings
  • NOTE: Single parent only and must have file taxes Head of Household.


Phyllis Krantz Memorial Scholarship

  • Fine Arts majors only.
  • An Art Portfolio must be submitted to: Barry Motes - Department Head Fine Art