Frequently Asked Questions about our scholarship

  • What is the monetary value of the scholarship?  The value is $10,000, paid out in $2,500 installments at the beginning of each academic calendar, over a 4 year period. We will work with the business office of each college to ensure adherence to their guidelines.
  • Can I use the scholarship funds for a Vocational/Technical College, Community College or other 2 year institution? No. The scholarship funds can only be dispersed to a fully accredited, 4-year institution offering bachelor degrees and higher.
  • Can I use the scholarship funds to pay for a college outside of Kentucky? No. The scholarship money will be available to a public or private institution within the state of Kentucky.
  • Can the scholarship money be used for room, board, books, and fees? Yes, if the room and board are provided by and paid to the college you are attending.
  • Can I receive the scholarship if I am a part time student at my college? No. Only full time students are eligible. All scholarship recipients must provide proof of full-time status at the beginning of each academic calendar.
  • Do I need to maintain a certain GPA at my college in order to continue receiving the scholarship? Yes. Appalachian Connection requires all scholarship recipients to maintain a 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.
  • How do I receive the money? The funds will be transferred directly to your tuition account at your school. If you have recently been awarded a scholarship and are a rising college Freshman, we will need the following documents before we can initiate the transfer:
    1. A letter directly from your college indicating you are enrolled full-time.
    2. A copy of your upcoming class schedule.

    If you are a scholarship recipient and a rising college Sophomore, Junior or Senior, we will need the following documents before we can initiate a transfer of funds:

    1. An official transcript directly from your college to verify your GPA.
    2. A copy of your upcoming class schedule.
    3. A letter directly from your college indicating you are enrolled full-time and in good academic standing.
  • Is the scholarship only for Hazard High School? No. Beginning in 2017, the eligible recipient pool has been expanded to include all public high school students in Perry County, Kentucky.
  • What about scholarships after 2018? Our intent is to grow this scholarship and impact our region. The number of scholarships and high schools eligible each year will depend on funding. For example, if we find most of the donations are coming from a certain county, we will ensure that county is eligible to apply.
  • Can I study abroad through my college and still be awarded the funds? Yes. But you will need to provide a letter from your college stating you are considered a full-time student in good academic standing. Be sure to include start/end dates or terms for the program. Class schedules from the foreign host school cannot be accepted.