Please Note:  There will be no 2024 scholarships.   There are some big changes taking place with Appalachian Connection.  The board of directors has agreed it is time to transition our organization.  Appalachian Connection has joined with the Marshall University Foundation, West Virgina and their Marshall For All program.  More information Click Here.

The Appalachian Connection Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship awarded annually to a high school senior bound for an accredited 4-year college or university.
If you are interested in applying, please read the sections below on Eligibility, Timeline, Application Requirements, and Selection.

General Eligibility:

  • Applicant must have attended, and be a 2023 graduate of a public high school located in Perry or Knott County, Kentucky.
  • Applicant must be planning to attend full-time as an undergraduate at an accredited 4-year college or university within the state of Kentucky.
  • Applicant must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident.
  • Appalachian Connection requires all scholarship recipients to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher at the end of each academic calendar, otherwise no funds will be dispersed the following year. Some exceptions may be made based on extraordinary personal circumstances. These decisions will be made at the sole discretion of the Appalachian Connection Board.


  • 2023 Application will be available online beginning March 1, 2023.
  • 2023 Application deadline: March 31, 2023 at 11:59pm
. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements listed above, complete the entire online application, and submit the required supplementary documents on time to be eligible.
  • The 2023 Scholarship recipient will be announced no later than May 5, 2023.

Application Requirements:
The following list is a good reference for what will be required in the 2023 application:

  • Official high school transcript.
  • A short essay explaining how you would use the award to further yourself and the Appalachian region.
  • Standardized test results (ACT and/or SAT).
  • Letters of reference from community members and teachers.
  • Interview:
    Selected applicants are required to have a personal interview following the application deadline. Interviews will be conducted in the month of April or May with the board of directors.  Appalachian Connection will contact those selected to schedule your interview.
  • A few interview tips:
    1. Arrive dressed as you would for a job interview.
    2. Be prepared to talk about yourself including your background, motivation, academic history, activities, interests, and goals. Be able to discuss what plans you have made for financing your college education. Be ready to discuss how you would use the scholarship to not only benefit yourself, but the Appalachian region as a whole.
    3. Please be punctual. Our interviewers have very busy schedules.

Applicants will be selected on a range of merits, including but not limited to the following:

  • Community leadership
  • Academic achievement
  • Dedication to the Appalachian region