Scholarships

Do you have good grades, or do you have financial need? If so, we encourage you to explore scholarships at SCC. Scholarships are funds that reward your hard work, and they don't have to be repaid.

Scholarships are available from a variety of places, including SCC, the government, and some private organizations. To explore scholarship opportunities offered by community groups and other private groups, see External Scholarships or ask our scholarship coordinator.

Applying for SCC Scholarships

It's easy to apply for a scholarship at SCC, and we're here to help. All you need to do is:

  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 (cumulative) GPA unless otherwise specified by your award notification letter.
  • Submit the online application by the due date, along with the supporting documents listed on the application. That's it!

SCC Scholarships

SCC awarded 714 scholarships that totaled $752,678.92 during the 2016-2017 academic year, with individual awards ranging from $250 to $2,500. 

Scholarship Offerings

The Endowed and Annual Gift scholarships are funded by the generosity of various donors. Endowed scholarships are generally renewable and continue from year to year. Annual Gift scholarships may continue from year to year, but usually are one-time awards received by SCC. SCC is honored to have been the recipient of numerous scholarship endowments and is pleased to offer the following:

Elwanda Brinkley Scholarship - established in 2007 from the funds bequeathed by Ms. Brinkley, the scholarship provides opportunity to deserving students seeking degrees in elementary education and who demonstrates financial need.

John Sherman Cooper Scholarship - established in 1972 by the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce in memory of Senator John Sherman Cooper, the scholarship provides an opportunity for a deserving student who demonstrates financial need.

Richard E. and Cornelia Cooper Endowed Scholarship - established in 2005 by long-time friends and supporters of SCC, Richard and Cornelia Cooper, the scholarship provides an opportunity for a deserving student who maintains a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrates financial need.

First United Methodist Church Leonard and Stella Hislope Memorial Scholarship - established in 2000 by the First United Methodist Church in memory of Leonard and Stella Hislope, the scholarships are awarded to high school graduates of Pulaski County who demonstrate financial need.

William and Julia Cundiff Endowed Scholarship - established in 2008 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Cundiff, who bequeathed funds to SCC for scholarships for students who are enrolled in a high wage/high demand or transfer program and demonstrate financial need.

Mattie Helen Elliot Scholarship – was established due to the generosity of Somerset native, Mattie Helen Elliott. Ms. Elliott’s estate is held in trust at First and Farmers Bank for Pulaski County residents to attend Somerset Community College. The Mattie Helen Elliott Scholarship is for twelve credit hours of tuition, as approved by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents. Students must be residents of Pulaski County, Kentucky (residents who have lived in such county for at least two years) and high school seniors, high school graduates or recipients of a general equivalency diploma (GED) who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a course of study at SCC. Recipients must be enrolled full time and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Elliot Family Trust Scholarship – was established due to the generosity of three sisters who were residents of Casey County. The estates of Ms. Floss Ann Elliott Merideth, Ms. Flona Belle Elliott Shealy and Ms. Montie Carr Elliott are held in trust at Kentucky Trust Company for Casey County residents to attend Somerset Community College. The Elliott Family Trust Scholarship is for assistance to qualified recipients in meeting their educational expenses at SCC. Students must be a resident of Casey County, KY, with preference given to residents of the Mt. Olive community in Casey County (have legal continuous residence in such county or community for the one year period immediately preceding application for a scholarship and high school senior, high school graduate or recipient of a general equivalency diploma (GED) who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a course of study at SCC. Recipients must be enrolled at SCC full time and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Ernest Gadberry Endowed Fund - was established in 2005 from funds bequeathed by Ernest Gadberry to provide scholarships to deserving students enrolled in technical programs who demonstrate financial need.

J.C. Goode Memorial Scholarship - established at SCC by the First Christian Church of Somerset in memory of J.C. Goode, prominent Somerset business man in the early 1900’s, the scholarships provides an opportunity for students in Casey, Pulaski, and McCreary counties who are enrolled in a high wage/high demand or transfer program and demonstrate financial need.

State Representative Leonard Hislope Memorial Scholarship - established in 1997 from funds bequeathed by Stella Hislope in memory of her husband, the scholarship provides an opportunity for a deserving student who demonstrates financial need.

Sam J. Hord Memorial Scholarship - established in 1980 in memory of South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation’s manager (1942-1974), the scholarship provides an opportunity for a deserving students who resides in Pulaski County or an adjacent county and demonstrates financial need.

Clarence Whitman Hume Scholarship - established in 1972 in memory of the former principal of Stearns High School and former editor of the McCreary County Record, the scholarship is awarded to students from McCreary County who demonstrate financial need.

Roscoe Kelley Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Dr. Roscoe D. Kelley, who served as president of SCC from 1966 to 1984, to students who maintain a 3.0 grade point average, are a resident within the fourteen county area, and who demonstrate financial need.

Barney LaFavers Scholarship is awarded to practical nursing students who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is awarded in honor of Ms. LaFavers, who was the first home health nurse in Pulaski County.

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Scholarship provides scholarships for students in the allied health programs from eleven counties who maintain a 3.2 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. It was established in 1996 by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Ata Lee Memorial Scholarship - established through the generosity of Ata Lee. Ms. Lee left a portion of her estate to establish an endowment to assist deserving and qualified students, who demonstrate financial need, in obtaining an education at SCC.

W.O. and Lois Newell Scholarship - established in 2010 from funds bequeathed by Mr. and Mrs. Newell to provide scholarships to deserving students attending SCC who demonstrate financial need.

Terry Norfleet Scholarship - established through the generosity of Eleanor Terry Norfleet. Ms. Norfleet, a faculty member who taught English literature at SCC until her retirement, left a portion of her estate to provide scholarships for deserving students at SCC who demonstrate financial need.

Orwin Nursing Scholarship Fund - established in 2004 by The Mohn Family Foundation to provide scholarships to associate degree nursing students attending SCC who demonstrate financial need.

Clellan Prewitt Memorial Scholarship - established in 2007 from funds bequeathed by Mr. Prewitt to provide scholarships to deserving students who demonstrate financial need.

Leora Prewitt Memorial Scholarship - established through the generosity of Leora Prewitt. Mrs. Prewitt left a portion of her estate to assist deserving students in obtaining an education at SCC who demonstrate financial need.

Richie/Cooper Scholarship Endowment - established in 2005 in honor of Juanita Cooper Richie and in memory of Leland George Richie, the scholarship provides an opportunity to students who are residents of McCreary County and have earned a GED through the McCreary County Adult Education Program. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 grade point average to renew.

Ralph Shearer Scholarship is awarded to nursing students from the ten county area who maintain a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is given in memory of Lake Cumberland Home Health’s board chairman for many years.

Anna C. Short Memorial Scholarship was established through the generosity of Anna C. Short. Ms. Short left a portion of her estate to assist deserving students who demonstrate financial need in obtaining an education at SCC.

Lillie Thorne Spradlin Memorial Scholarship provides scholarships for students who graduated from a high school in Pulaski County and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship was established in 1984 by Dr. Marion C. Spradlin in memory of his wife.

Morris E. and Katherine M. Strunk Scholarship provides scholarships for residents of McCreary County, who are enrolled in a high wage/high demand or transfer program and have maintained a grade point average of between 2.5 – 3.5. The scholarship was established in 2006 by Mrs. Strunk.

Lewis and Anna Waddle Scholarship - established in 1976 by John Waddle in honor of his parents. Preference is given to students from Pulaski County who demonstrate financial need.

William Martin Wyatt, Jr. Scholarship - established in 1972 by William and Carolyn Wyatt in memory of their son, who was an alumnus of SCC, the scholarship provides an opportunity for a deserving student who demonstrates financial need.

Governor’s Scholars

Students who have received the Governor’s Scholar award are eligible for the SCC Presidential Scholarship. The scholarship is valued at up to twelve credit hours of SCC tuition per semester.

Criteria:

1. Student must have completed the Governor’s Scholar program and provide a copy of the certificate of completion.

2. Student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

3. Student must maintain full-time program enrollment status. 

4. Students must enroll at SCC within the initial Fall semester after graduating from high school.

Roger’s Scholars

Students who have received the Roger’s Scholar award are eligible for the SCC Presidential Scholarship. The scholarship is valued at up to twelve credit hours of SCC tuition per semester.

Criteria:

1. Student must have completed the Roger’s Scholar program and provide a copy of the certificate of completion.

2. Student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

3. Student must maintain full-time program enrollment status.

4. Students must enroll at SCC within the initial Fall semester after graduating from high school.

KCTCS Presidential Scholarship

The criteria for the KCTCS Presidential Scholarship are determined locally with encouragement toward academic merit, diversity of student populations, and college enrollment goals.

Criteria:

1. ACT Composite score of 23 or higher

2. Grade point average of 3.25 or higher Students may receive the KCTCS Presidential Scholarship up to two additional semesters as long as they maintain a grade point average of 3.25 of higher and are enrolled in at least six credit hours. KCTCS Presidential Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and other related educational expenses.

KCTCS Commonwealth Scholarship

The KCTCS Commonwealth Scholarship was created during the 1988 regular session of the General Assembly to encourage Kentucky’s high scholastic achieving students to attend college in Kentucky. Awards are based on the availability of funds and preference will be given to the most qualified students who meet the academic standards.

The Commonwealth scholarships are available to Kentucky residents; and current year high school graduates in the top quartile of their high school graduating class; or prior year high school graduates in the top quartile of their high school graduating class.

Students awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship may earn a second year award provided they have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours at a KCTCS institution, maintained a 3.0 grade point average, and they are enrolled in at least six credit hours. KCTCS Commonwealth Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and other related educational expenses.

Criteria:

1. Kentucky Residency

2. Current year high school graduates in the top quartile of their high school graduating class; or prior year high school graduates in the top quartile of their high school graduating class

KCTCS John T. Smith

Named for Dr. John T. Smith the first African American to receive a doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Smith had a distinguished career in higher education and served as the first African American community college president in Kentucky. Dr. Smith served as president of Jefferson Community College for seven years (1968-1975).

The John T. Smith scholarships are available to Kentucky resident students who demonstrate potential for success in postsecondary education and also demonstrate a need for financial support in pursuing post-secondary education. Factors for consideration include academic records, achievement in extracurricular activities and racial status. This scholarship may be renewed for a second year with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and if they are enrolled in at least six credit hours. John T. Smith Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and other related educational expenses.

Criteria:

1. Financial Need

2. Academic Record

3. Achievement in Extracurricular Activities

4. Racial Status

Additional KCTCS Scholarships

In addition to the KCTCS Presidential, KCTCS Commonwealth, and KCTCS John T. Smith scholarships, KCTCS provides Somerset Community College with additional scholarship opportunities. The following scholarships follow the same process for other SCC scholarships with the addition of a second application.

The Kentucky Colonels Better Life Scholarship

The Kentucky Colonels Scholarship is a scholarship that is awarded to two students in the annual amount of $2,500.00 each ($1,250.00 per semester). The scholarship recipient must be primarily, a first time/or near first time student, a full-time student, working (work study counts), a single parent with children under the age of 12, and enrolled in a degree seeking program. The Colonels are hoping to award the scholarship to a first time student and to provide the scholarship for 4 semesters.

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Transfer Scholarship provides two $4,000.00 scholarships to second year students who plan to earn a degree from KCTCS and are transferring to a Kentucky public or independent four-year college/university. The scholarship also provides one $3,000.00 scholarship to a first year student who plans to earn a degree from KCTCS and transfer to a Kentucky public of independent four-year college/university. The scholarship is renewable at $4,000.00 provided the student maintains good academic standing in year one.

Criteria:

1. Enroll full or part time and are degree seeking

2. Enroll in the STEM disciplines, health professions, career pathway programs, teacher shortage areas, or applied sciences

3. Declare their intent to pursue an associate’s degree in an area of workforce need at a KCTC institution

4. Enter a KCTCS institution in good academic standing and maintain that standing while enrolled

5. Declare their intent to pursue a baccalaureate degree upon graduating from KCTCS with an associate’s degree

PNC Workforce Development

The PNC Workforce Development Scholarship is awarded to a North Laurel Campus student of Somerset Community College. The funding comes from the generosity of the PNC Foundation. The award is $500.00 per semester, and the student must reapply every year.

Criteria:

1. Somerset Community College Laurel North Campus student

2. Preference given to low to moderate income houses

3. High-wage, high-demand workforce development programs and/or who plan to transfer to a Kentucky four-year university to earn a baccalaureate degree

Whayne Supply

The Whayne Supply Scholarship is a scholarship that is determined by an outside selection process. The student’s award information is sent to Somerset Community College by KCTCS. The award amount is $1,500.00 for the year ($750.00 per semester).

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) provides and administers a wide array of scholarship opportunities. These scholarships follow the guidelines outlined by KHEAA and its affiliates. More information can be found at www.kheaa.com.

Here are some of the scholarship opportunities that KHEAA provides:

Kentucky Education Excellence Scholarship (KEES):

https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/kees?main=1

Mary Jo Young (MJY)*:

https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/mjyoung?main=1

*The Mary Jo Young is a scholarship offered only to high school juniors and seniors taking dual credit courses.

Early Childhood Development Scholarship (ECDS):

https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/ecds?main=2

Go Higher Grant:

https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/gohighergrant?main=1

Drive the Dream*:

http://gearupky.org/

*The Drive the Dream scholarship is awarded to students who participated in the GEAR UP Kentucky program.

Institutional Scholarships

Academic Achievement

The SCC Academic Achievement Scholarship is a scholarship granted to the top ten percent of select area high schools. It is valued at a fifty percent reduction of SCC tuition for up to fifteen credit hours. The scholarship may be received up to four semesters. The top ten percent lists are submitted by each high school’s guidance counselor to Somerset Community College.

Criteria:

1. Student must be in the top ten percent of their graduating high school class.

2. Student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

3. Students must enroll at SCC within the initial Fall semester after graduating from high school.

Other

In addition, Somerset Community Colleges offer other various scholarship opportunities to the students. These scholarships vary based on funding and other requirements. Examples of these scholarship opportunities include members of the Ambassador program, Student Government Association, and winners from the Skills USA competition.

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Application Requirements and Renewal Process

Application Requirements:

    1. A completed scholarship application
    2. A completed admissions application
    3. A copy of the student’s grade transcript (may be official or unofficial)
    4. Minimum of a 2.5 (cumulative) GPA
    5. ACT scores
    6. A copy of the current year’s family federal tax return 
      a) The top two pages of the 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ are necessary.
      b) Students who do not file taxes may include a statement with the scholarship application, otherwise they will only be considered for academic scholarships.

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Scholarship Renewal Process

Scholarships may be renewed up to four semesters.  Renewals are completed on a semester by semester basis.  The Scholarship Coordinator contacts the scholarship recipients and notifies them of the deadline.  Students must respond by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for continuation.

Fifth Renewal Process

Scholarships may be renewed up to four semesters, and in some occasions students may request a fifth semester.    The Scholarship Coordinator contacts the scholarship recipients and notifies them of the deadline.  A fifth semester request must be completed by the student and returned to the Scholarship Coordinator by the appropriate deadline.  Fifth semester requests are determined by the scholarship committee and all decisions are final.  The Scholarship Coordinator notifies the students requesting a fifth semester of the committee’s decision.

Scholarship Warning & Removal Process

Students receiving scholarships are required to meet all of the scholarship criteria to continue as a scholarship recipient.  Failure to do so can result in a warning and/or the removal from the scholarship.  The Scholarship Coordinator contacts the scholarship recipients who have failed to meet the scholarship criteria.  Decisions regarding scholarship warnings and removals are determined by the scholarship committee and all decisions are final.  The Scholarship Coordinator notifies the students the committee’s decision.  In some instances, students may be automatically removed from scholarships.  Examples of this include: withdrawal from all courses within a semester, failing all courses within a semester, failure to enroll, causing a gap in enrollment within an academic year.

Resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): www.fafsa.gov

Federal Student Aid: http://studentaid.ed.gov/

National Student Loan Data System: http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/

 Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA): www.kheaa.com

Questions? Reach out to our scholarship office. We're here for you.

JR Thompson
Scholarship Coordinator
Telephone: (606) 451-6644
Fax: (606) 679-4369
E-mail: sccscholarships@kctcs.edu

Deadlines

The completed scholarship application and all required documentation must be returned or postmarked by the following deadlines:

  • March 1 (Priority Deadline)
  • July 1 (Secondary Deadline for residual scholarships for the Fall semester)
  • December 1 (Deadline for scholarships for the Spring semester)

Apply online for SCC Scholarship Opportunities

Note: Scholarships do not cover any additional fees, which will need to be paid through other means.