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Work Ready Scholarship Program

Receive up to nearly $8,000 in tuition assistance through the state's newly revised Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program

The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate's degree afford an industry-recognized certificate.

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Recipients of the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship must:

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship application – available at

  3. Apply before the deadline - June 15, 2017

Eligibility & Award

To be eligible a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a Kentucky resident
  • Be a high school or GED graduate
  • Have not earned an associate's or higher degree
  • Not be in default on any obligation to KHEAA
  • Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an eligible postsecondary institution in an approved program of study (see below) that leads to an industry-recognized certificate in a high-demand workforce sector.


  • Work Ready Scholarship will be applied towards tuition after federal and state grants/scholarships have been applied (last payer rule), up to the maximum amount.
  • Maximum amount shall not exceed the in-state tuition and fees rate for full-time enrollment at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Estimated near $3,900 for the 2017-2018 year.

Continuing Eligibility:

  • Expires when the first of the following conditions is met:
  1. Receipt of scholarship funding for the equivalent of four academic terms;
  2. Receipt of the scholarship for 32 credit hours of enrollment; or
  3. Receipt of an associate's degree
  • Recipients must earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher each semester the scholarship is received in order to be eligible the following semester.

Eligible Programs

Approved Work Ready Kentucky Programs at EKU.  Qualifying programs at EKU for the 2017-2018 year are:

Health Care

Advanced Manufacturing


Business Services/IT

  • Graphic Information Systems (Certificate) 

Click here to apply to EKU. 

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