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Available Scholarships

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is proud to offer a wide range of scholarships that have been established through the generosity of individual donors, businesses, and foundations.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, we awarded $265,708 to 125 students with an average award of $2,125.

Once you complete the scholarship application, you will be considered for all available scholarships available during that financial year. The scholarships are awarded by a Scholarship Committee which is appointed by the college president.

While some scholarships support those who demonstrate high academic achievement, others provide support for those with academic need regardless of GPA. These scholarships are intended to support a wide range of criteria including academic programs such as Architectural Technology, Business, Cosmetology, Electrical Technology, Health Care, Science, and Welding Technology while others support students who graduated from particular high schools, live in a certain county, or who are studying at a specific BCTC campus.

Please find more information about the individual scholarships below.

Detailed Scholarship List

Alumni Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established in 2007 by the BCTC Alumni Association. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students who have demonstrated financial need, have a GPA of at least 2.5, and taking a minimum of three credit hours. Priority will be given to students enrolled in six or more credit hours.

BCTC Alliance Annual Scholarship

The BCTC Alliance Scholarship was established by the BCTC Alliance organization. This scholarship shall be awarded to a student who has demonstrated financial need and/or is a first generation student involved in the LGBTQ* Alliance student organization. All other qualifications being equal, preference will be given to an African-American or Latino student.

KCTCS Commonwealth Scholarship

This KCTCS scholarship was established during the 1988 regular session of the General Assembly. This academic merit-based scholarship was created as a mechanism to encourage Kentucky’s high scholastic achieving students to attend college in Kentucky. The legislative intent was to provide financial assistance equal to the cost of tuition and fees at a community college for Kentucky residents with high academic achievement. Students who are enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours who meet the following criteria are eligible for the Commonwealth Scholarship: Kentucky residents; and 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. This scholarship is renewable for a second year if the student has successfully completed at least 24 credit hours at a KCTCS institution and maintained a 3.0 GPA.

Cierra M. James Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in 2010 by Charles James in memory of his daughter, Cierra James. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to a Fayette County resident who demonstrates financial need, is in good standing with BCTC, completed 12 credit hours at BCTC, is currently enrolled in at least six credit hours, and intend to pursue a baccalaureate degree. These funds can be used for tuition, fees, and books.

Augusta A. Julian Endowed Scholarship

The Augusta A. Julian Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Julian at the time of her retirement as President/CEO of Bluegrass Community and Technical College. She served in that role from 2007 to 2018. Dr. Julian has served students in higher education for forty-four years and, at all times, kept her focus on student success. This scholarship provides support for students who have established financial need with preference given to students who have earned their GED.

PNC Bank Endowed Scholarship

The PNC Bank Endowed Scholarship fund was established by the PNC Bank Foundation in 1997 to provide support for students who have demonstrated their ability to do college work by maintaining a 3.0 or greater grade point average and who have demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to a student with an employee connection to PNC bank or be enrolled in Early Childhood Development.

KCTCS Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels to support first time students who reside in Kentucky, attend school full time to pursue an associate degree at a KCTCS college, are single working parents with one or more children under the age of 12, demonstrate enthusiasm for leaning and potential for academic success, and demonstrate financial need that has not been met by other sources.

KCTCS Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship was established to benefit students, who in the opinion of the committee, demonstrate academic merit, diversity of student population, and college enrollment goals. This nonrecurring scholarship may be awarded to a Kentucky resident student who maintains a minimum GPA of 3.25 enrolled for at least six credit hours and the scholarship award may be for up to twelve credit hours for fall and spring terms.

Ann McCarte Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established in 2015 by Steven Jay White and Elizabeth J McCarte in memory and honor of their colleague, sister, and friend, Ann McCarte, and in recognition of her commitment to her profession and her dedication to her students and family. This scholarship shall be awarded to a student who has demonstrated financial need and is enrolled in a paired course for reading or math during the year of award.

McGowan Scholarship

This annual scholarship was in 2004 by members of the Lexington Community College Athena Club along with family members and friends. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to BCTC students who are enrolled for a least six credit hours each semester, and who must have at least one 100-level or higher class in any semester. Preference will be given to students who are at least a second semester student, have a 2.0 or better GPA, and who have disability, verified through the BCTC Disability Support Services Office or its successor. 

Nick Parrish Scholarship of Hope

This scholarship was established in 2016 by Nick Parrish’s family to remember and celebrate his life and to acknowledge the powerful journey that accompanies drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Students must be enrolled in at least one class and provide a letter of reference from a Hope Center representative or another of any agency assisting individuals in recovery for drug and/or alcohol addiction is required.

Herron-Rodgers Family Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established in 2015 by Jeffrey D. Herron, individually and on behalf of the individual members of his family, in recognition for their influence and support through his educational journey. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is enrolled full-time at the time of award, and has a minimum GPA of 2.5.

KCTCS John T. Smith Scholarship

The John T. Smith Scholarship was named for Dr. John T. Smith who was the first African American to earn 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 the president of Jefferson Community College from 1968 until 1975. This scholarship is awarded to students who are Kentucky residents, are enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours, demonstrate potential for success in postsecondary education and a need for financial support. This scholarship may be renewed with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

BCTC General Scholarship

This scholarship was established to benefit students, who in the opinion of the committee, demonstrate academic merit, diversity of student population, and college enrollment goals. This nonrecurring scholarship may be awarded for a student enrolled for at least nine credit hours.

Dream Scholarship

The Dream Scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to uplift students who have no access to federal or state scholarship or student aid programs. Our student body is very diverse with six (6) percent of our students identifying as Latinx. This renewable scholarship is awarded to students with DACA, TPS or undocumented status who demonstrate financial need, are enrolled full-time, and participate in LATINX programs or camps.

Hockensmith Agency Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established by Mike Hockensmith, Debbie Hockensmith, and Christian Hockensmith in 2021 to support two students, one graduating from Scott County High School and a second for one graduating from Great Crossing High School. This scholarship is awarded to individuals who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need.

Architectural Technology Alumni Endowment

This endowed scholarship was established in 2013 by Ann Hartell. Ann Hartell is a graduate of the BCTC Architectural Technology program and has made this gift to provide support to the next generation of students in that program. This fund can provide support for scholarships, participation in and travel to program-related enrichment activities for students or faculty, program resources such as awards, materials, or equipment, or student exit exams. The scholarship shall be given to a current student who is enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours during the semester for which the award is given, has officially declared an Architectural Technology major, demonstrated unmet financial need, has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and has completed a minimum of twelve credit hours of ACH courses before the semester in which the award is given.

Buford R. Burchfield Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in honor of Buford R. Burchfield. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who has previous work experience or demonstrated interest in architecture or construction, is pursuing an associate’s degree in architectural technology, has demonstrated financial need, completed a minimum of twelve credit hours in architectural technology, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in architectural technology courses.

Construction Specifications Institute, Bluegrass Chapter Endowment Fund

This endowed scholarship was established by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute in 1988. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is pursuing an associate’s degree in architectural technology, has demonstrated financial need, has completed a minimum of twelve credit hours in architectural technology, and is a full-time student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in architectural technology courses

John R. Groves Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by John Russell Groves in 1988. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who is pursuing an associate’s degree in architectural technology, has demonstrated financial need, has completed a minimum of twelve credit hours in architectural technology, and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in architectural technology courses. Preference is given to students who have previous work experience or interest in the architecture or construction. The funds can be used for tuition, books, and supplies.

Tri-State Roofing and Metal Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2002, this endowed scholarship was made possible by a gift from the Tri-State Roofing Company. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours who is pursuing an associate’s degree in architectural technology, has demonstrated financial need, has completed a minimum of twelve credit hours in architectural technology, and has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in architectural technology courses.

This annual scholarship was first given in 2021 by Peggy McCloskey in honor of Clayton Arnold to recognize his love of automobiles. This scholarship shall be awarded to students studying Automotive or Diesel Technology with a preference of a GPA of 2.5 and have financial need. The fund can be used for tuition, books, fees, materials, supplies, and tools.

Timothy A. Cantrell Scholarship

This annual scholarship was first given in 2001 by an anonymous donor in honor of Tim Cantrell to recognize his talent, dedication, and academic achievement. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students with first preference being given to first-year students from Bryan Station High School who demonstrate financial need. The fund can be used for tuition, fees, and books.

Dr. Jack B. Jordan Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established in 2002 by an anonymous donor in honor of Dr. Jack B. Jordan. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students with preference given to first-year students from Bryan Station High School who demonstrate financial need.

Gordon M. Nichols, Jr. Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established in 2003 by an anonymous donor in honor of Gordon M. Nichols, Jr. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students with preference given to first year students from Bryan Station High School who demonstrate financial need. The fund can be used for tuition, fees, and books.

Todd Louis Musgrave Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in 2001 by Tom and Zena Musgrave in memory of Todd L. Musgrave. As a student, Todd was a founding member of SIFE. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students who are business majors or have concentration in retail or marketing, possess a strong spirit, and willingness to help others. Preference is given to non-traditional students who may have had personal and/or academic troubles in the past. 

Richard “Hammer” Butcher Scholarship

This annual scholarship has been established by friends and family of Richard “Hammer” Butcher to celebrate his life. This scholarship will be given to a student enrolled in the construction technology program.

Gene Haas Scholarship

This annual scholarship has been established by the Gene Haas Foundation and shall be awarded to students enrolled in Computer Manufacturing and Machining. This scholarship will be given to a student in good standing with the program and maintaining a 2.0 grade point average. 

Kathern Warner Scholarship Endowment Fund

This endowed scholarship was established in 2001 by Mr. William E. (Billy) Warner in memory Kathern Warner, his beloved wife. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to cosmetology students who have demonstrated the features exhibited by Kathern Warner such as spirit, confidence, drive, effort, humor, honesty, and tenacity.

Inter-County Energy Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established in 2010 by Inter-County Energy Cooperative. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to non-traditional students who are enrolled at the BCTC Danville campus, who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, and have demonstrated financial need.

Dr. L. R. Bean Radiology Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was first given in 1994 by Mrs. Susan Perrine Bean. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students have demonstrated knowledge, empathy, humor, and the potential for academic success in the field of Dental Hygiene. The use of the scholarship funds will be at the discretion of the student to whom the scholarship is awarded.

Don Shear Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of Don Shear. This scholarship provides support for second year students who are pursuing a degree in Dental Hygiene and possess excellent grades and technical skills.

Tony J. Tombasco Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by Thomas R. Tombasco in memory and honor of his brother. This scholarship provides support for students who are pursuing an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Louis and Betty Jo Simms Dental Hygiene Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by Gary and Patty Cloyd in honor of their parents, Louis and Betty Jo Cloyd and given in appreciation of their support of their education. This scholarship provides support for a student in the Dental Hygiene program who has demonstrated financial need. Both Gary and Patty are BCTC alumni.

Sheila Frazier Murphy Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established by Jeff Murphy in honor of Sheila Frazier Murphy who was loved and respected in her field. This scholarship shall be awarded to a Dental Hygiene student. Preference will be given to students living in Bell, Harlan, Knox, Laurel, or Whitley County, Kentucky, or Claiborne County, Tennessee with a 3.0 GPA, and have financial need. The scholarship award may be used for tuition, books, fees, academic support materials, and/or equipment.

Melissa Arnett Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established by Paula Clark in honor of Melissa Arnett, a graduate of the Dental Hygiene Program. This scholarship shall be awarded to encourage and support students that are kind, funny, helpful, and skilled reflecting Melissa’s characteristics. It will be awarded to a Dental Hygiene student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with a preference for financial need. The scholarship award may be used for tuition, books, fees, academic support materials, and/or equipment.

Electrical Technology Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established by an anonymous donor in 2015 to support a student who is enrolled as a full-time student in the electrical technology program. This scholarship can be renewed for a second year if the student is in good standing with the college.

Arts in Focus Annual Scholarship

The BCTC Arts in Focus organization established this annual scholarship to support a student who is enrolled in the Associates in Arts or Associates in Fine Arts program, has a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and has actively participated in or attended campus or community arts programs and activities over the past year.

Lewis E. Owens Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established in 1999 by the Lexington Herald Leader through the Lewis E. Owens Fund at the Bluegrass Community Foundation in memory and honor of Lewis E. Owens. This scholarship shall be awarded to first-generation college students who have financial need, a keen desire to “break out of the mold”, and an interest in being involved in their community. Preference is given to students from Eastern. This scholarship can be renewed for a second year.

Baptist Health Hospital Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in 1997 by Baptist Healthcare Systems Inc. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students enrolled in either nursing, respiratory care, nuclear medicine, or radiography programs who have demonstrated financial need. Students must demonstrate the potential for achieving academic excellence by maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.7.

The Human Family Scholarship

Sherrie Human established this annual scholarship in 2017 in honor of the outstanding nursing care she and her family have received during their lifetimes and in recognition of her years teaching at Lexington Community College. This scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the nursing program who is working to balance school and work and/or health demands and/or family care including caring for children, parents, and/or grandparents. Preference given to students enrolled in the practical nursing program.

The Anna F. Johnson Nursing Scholarship

An anonymous donor established this annual scholarship in 2018 to support a student who is enrolled as a full-time student in a nursing program. Preference is given to students from Bourbon County. This scholarship can be renewed for a second year if the student is in good standing with the college.

Kim Knight Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was given in 2009 by Wilma Knight in memory of Kim Knight. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to full-time students who have demonstrated financial need and a minimum GPA of 2.7. The recipient should be admitted to the nursing program or a program that contributes to workforce development in a high-need area. Preference will be given to applicants who intend to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The scholarship award may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other academic materials.

LCC Nursing Endowment Challenge Match Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1990 Challenge Fund Drive. This scholarship shall be awarded to students who are pursuing a nursing degree.

Metropolitan Women’s Club Nursing Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in 1998 by the Metropolitan Women’s Club Inc. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to non-traditional students who are 25 years or older, enrolled in the Nursing Program, with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and demonstrated financial need. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state of Kentucky.

Morning Pointe Foundation Nursing Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established in 2016 by the Morning Pointe Foundation. The scholarship shall be awarded to students who are residents of Anderson, Boyle, Fayette, or Franklin County, Kentucky; are enrolled as a student in the Licensed Practical Nursing program; demonstrate successful completion of one semester of classes with passing grades; and preference will be given to students who express an interest in senior care and/or geriatric nursing environments.

Samaritan Volunteers Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established in 1996 by the Samaritan Gift Shop/Samaritan Volunteers. This scholarship shall be awarded to second-year students who are pursuing a career in nursing a medically-related field, are US citizens, and Kentucky residents.

Judy Johnson Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to support a student who is African American, is 22 years of age or older on the first day of class when the first semester award begins, has demonstrated financial need and is enrolled full-time in the nursing program. This full tuition scholarship can be renewed for a second year if the student is in good standing with the college with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additional preference will be given for a female student.

Elizabeth W. Page Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was given in 1990 by Stites & Harbison in honor of Elizabeth M. Page. Ms. Page served as an office administrator for their law firm for many years. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students who are pursuing an associate of applied science degree in Office Administration. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Swarnamukhi Gopal Rao Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by Emeritus Faculty Member Seethalakshmi Rao Subramanian in honor of her mother, Swarnamukhi “Swarna” Gopal Rao. This renewable scholarship is awarded to non-traditional students who are returning to college after an absence of five years or more or who are attending for the first time and are pursuing a degree in an Allied Health field (Respiratory, Dental Hygiene, Nuclear Medicine, Radiography, Nursing or Science). Students must demonstrate good standing with the college.

Derek Pelphrey Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was given in 2014 by Steve and Liz Pelphrey in memory of their son, Derek Pelphrey. This renewable scholarship is awarded to students who attended Tates Creek High School, have demonstrated unmet financial need, are in good academic standing with BCTC at the time of selection, and maintain a 2.8 grade point average. Mr. and Mrs. Pelphrey wish to provide financial support to a student who intends to pursue a baccalaureate degree and this scholarship may be renewed for up to four contiguous semesters.

Hobart New Opportunity Scholarship

This endowed scholarship has been established through a generous gift from Sarah Puls and is made in honor of Jeff Hogue, Director of Operations Manager for ITW Food Equipment Group Warewash and Waste, and Sherry Davis, Human Resources Manager for ITW Food Equipment Group Danville Division. The scholarship shall be awarded to a student pursuing a diploma, certificate, or AAS in Welding Technology on the Danville campus who has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress or who have experience in the welding profession, and/or have earned dual credit in welding technology while in high school. 

Clark Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship

This annual scholarship was given in 2010 by the Clark Regional Medical Auxiliary. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students who intend to pursue a degree in a medically-related field and are enrolled at the Winchester-Clark County Campus for his/her first semester. The fund can be used for tuition, books, and/or other academic support materials.

Glitz Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in 2011 using proceeds from The Glitz, a fund-raising event held in Winchester. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need, are in good standing with the college, are enrolled at the Winchester-Clark County Campus of BCTC in high-need workforce development areas, and/or planning to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in Kentucky. The scholarship award may be used for tuition, fees, books, and/or other academic materials

Betty H. & Joe F. Reed Scholarship

This annual scholarship was given in 2013 by JoEllen Reed. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to students who are residents of Clark County, demonstrate financial need, have a GPA of 2.5 or greater, and are employed either full or part time. The scholarship award can be used for assistance with books and academic materials.

Raymond L. & Mabel Haggard Quisenberry Scholarship Fund

Dorothy Quisenberry established this endowed scholarship in 2005 in memory of Raymond L. Mabel Haggard Quisenberry. This renewable scholarship shall be awarded to Clark County residents, attending the Winchester-Clark County campus, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) based upon minimum completion of 12 credit hours earned at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College District. Recipients should have demonstrated outstanding leadership and/or service in campus or community activities.

Wood Family Annual Scholarship

The Wood Family Scholarship was established in honor of Greg and Penny Wood. This renewable scholarship will be given to students who are residents of Winchester-Clark County, intending to major in industrial maintenance, electrical engineering, or similar technical studies programs, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of selection. Preference will be giving to students who have completed the 1+1 Integrated Engineering Technology Program.