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Guidance Office

Last Updated: 5/5/2020 2:13 PM
Doug Wainscott   Jennifer Power
OCHS Guidance Counselor  
OCHS Guidance Secretary
(502) 484-4197  
(502) 484-4193
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Scholarships and Websites 


 Below you will find a list of updated scholarships offered to OCHS Students.  Please see Mrs. Power or Mr. Wainscott for more information. Deadline Dates will appear when scholarships are available.



Scholarship Name

Application Deadline Scholarship Amount Who's Eligible For More Information
Horatio Alger Scholarship Program October 25th, 2019  Possibility to receive up to $10,000
  • require financial assistance to go to college
  • demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • United States Citizenship.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program  November 13, 2019  Maximum $40,000


Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2020.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2020.
  • GPA – Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Test Scores – Receive a minimum SAT total of 1200 or ACT composite of 26.
  • Income – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
Horatio Alger Association Career and Technical Scholarship Program April 15, 2020 $2,500 Be pursuing a postsecondary education at a community college or techinical school in the Fall,  must be Pell Grant eligible.

The link to the application was emailed to Seniors 03/06/20.


Charles E. Wilson Memorial Scholarship  May 31st, 2020 $500.00 Must be enrolled in a recognized horticulture or related program at any college, university or community college of their choice.  The application was emailed to seniors 02/20/20.
KY Horse Council, Inc. November 1st, 2019  $1,500 The Kentucky Horse Council will award two scholarships of $1,500.00 to a university or college student who has demonstrated academic success, equine industry involvement and community service.

Applications were emailed to seniors 10/16/19.


 Heisman HS Scholarship October 28, 2019 Scholarships range from $500- $5,000 Senior Scholar -Athletes with High Character
Design a Better Future March 21, 2020 5-$1,000 and 5- 10,000 tuition awards Submit a proposal for how you will better your community



GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program January 3rd, 2020 $10,000-$40,000

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • be citizens of the United States of America;
  • be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and
  • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.

Semifinalists will be required to provide a recommendation from a community leader, such as a high school principal, elected official or executive director of a nonprofit organization, and must provide documentation to certify academic performance and financial need. Finalists will be interviewed via Skype or telephone by a member of the selection committee. Learn more about the qualifications of a GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar.



KY 2A State Championships Scholarship  December 15th, 2019 $500 Must be an athlete from a KY 2A state school  Applications were emailed to seniors 11/08/19.
NIAAA/KHSADA February 26, 2020 $1,500
  • Applicant must be a Senior
  • Applicant must have achieved at least two (2) of the following:
    •  (a) minimum of B+ average
    • (b) ranked in the top 25% of class
    • (c) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1500 (Math, Reading and Writing)
  • Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
  • Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
  • Applicant must complete attached scholar application (Attached) or it can be downloaded from:
  • Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
  • School athletic administrator/director must be an NIAAA member and a member of the KHSADA.
  • The principal or athletic administrator/director must sign the application to ensure that the academic information submitted is accurate
Applications were emailed to Seniors 12/6/19.
KY Ag Athletes of the Year  January 24, 2020 $1,000 student-athletes must be KY farmers or involved in agriculture, must be a senior, accepted to a college, university, or trade school. Ag major is not required, and preference will be given to KY colleges, out of state schools will be considered if the applicant is seeking a specialized degree in an ag field.  The link to the website: This link was emailed to seniors on 1/14/20.
Jockey Club Scholarship  March 31, 2020 $15,000 prospective students with an interest in pursuing a career in the equine industry should  apply The link to the application was emailed to Seniors 03/17/20.
Christmas in August Scholarship    Amount varies  High School Senior  Applications were emailed to Seniors 03/01/19.
Holiday for Heroes April 1st, 2020 $2,000-$5,000 Graduating Senior who is a child of a Firefighter, or who is a child of a military service person, or who is a child of a Peace Officer. You may also be a senior who shows exemplary selfless attitude towards their school, community, and country. /

The link to the applications were emailed to Seniors  03/17/20.. 

The Hagan Scholarship November 15th, 2019  $12,000 a year Many eligibility  requirements, some of the main requirements are 3.75 GPA and 24 ACT, must have  financial need. 

Information was emailed to Seniors 10/15/19.

Complete information can be found at

Applications are available at:



Becker Law Firm Essay Scholarship  May 15, 2020 2 scholarships for $1000 This scholarship is open to all seniors in the US.

Information was emailed to seniors 03/18/20.

OC Masonic Lodge Outstanding Student Scholarship March 31, 2020  $500

Must be a resident of Owen County, high school senior and plan to be a full time student at your institution of choice.  

Applications were emailed to seniors 01/09/2020..
The Scholarship  The website doesn't give any deadline dates.  $1,500 Seniors that are care givers.  Link to the application: 
Northern KY Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship March 1st, 2020  $1,000 Seniors who have a parent, step-parent, grandparent or step-grandparent that is a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. ACT minimum score of a 20, minimum GPA of 2.5.

Applications were emailed to Seniors 10/16/19. 

OC Council for the Arts Scholarship April 24th, 2020 $1,500 High School Senior, must be active in the arts, (art, literary, music, drama, culinary) & 3.0 GPA Applications emailed to Seniors 02/21/20.
Stratton/Tipton Scholarship   $500 Must have at least a 2.5 GPA, and must represent at least one area within the special populations category on application.
Applications were emailed to Seniors 01/29/19.
Northern Kentucky Building Inspectors Association  May 1, 2020  $750.00 Must be planning to study: Architecture, Engineering, Construction Technology, or Fire Science  Applications were emailed to Seniors 02/18/2020.

Kentucky Concrete Association

William T Robertson

November 4th, 2019 $2,000 Any High School Senior

Information was emailed to seniors 10/02/19.

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship November 5th, 2019 

The selection of winners begins at the local Lodge level and continues through district, State and national judging.

Any High School Senior who is a US citizen may apply.

Information was emailed to Seniors on 09/19/19.

Download an application from:

AXA Achievement Scholarship December 15th, 2019 Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.

Applicants to the AXA Achievementsm Scholarship must:

  • Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 united states, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico
  • Be a high school senior applying to college for the fall 2020 semester
  • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities
    • Because reducing risk is woven into the fabric of our company, special consideration is given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness
KASBO December 16th, 2019   $2,500  Seniors planning to major in business or education

Applications and Website were emailed to Seniors 11/06/2019.


 All "A" Classic Scholarship Foundation OCHS is not a single "A" school this year.   $1,000  Any Owen Co. Senior

Click Here for Applications. 


 KY Transportation Cabinet for Civil Engineering Scholarship

Technical Scholarship

February 1st, 2020  4 yr. degree scholarships can be worth over $51,000.

Technical college scholarship can be worth up to 
 Any senior interested in pursuing a degree and career in Civil Engineering and who plans to attend either UK, UL, WKU, or Kentucky State University.

Technical Scholarship is for BCTC in Lexington- associate degree in Civil Engineering.


Click Here for the  link to the states website.




KSBA October 18th, 2019 $2500 Any senior who will be the 1st person from their immediate family to complete degree requirements from an institiution of higher learning. Must have a 20 on the Reading portion of the ACT.

Applications were emailed to seniors 08/30/19


Carroll County Training Consortium Scholarship March 6, 2020  Full Tuition to JCTC

 Eligible applicants include any high school senior that wishes to earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in  Engineering and Electronics Technology,

Applied Process Technology or Computer Information Technology programs at Jefferson Community and Technical College. 

Applications were emailed to Seniors 10/16/19.

Application is very detailed, please read completely

before applying, to determine if you are eligible.

KMHI Scholarships

April 6, 2020 

$1,000 Seniors who currently reside in a modular, manufactured or mobile homes are eligible to apply. Students going into the construction industry are eligible to apply for the trade and apprenticeship scholarship as well. Same application.  Applications emailed to seniors 02/10/20.

DAR John Guill-Polly Hawkins Craig Chapter Scholarship

April 24th, 2020  $1,000 Must have a 3.0 GPA Applications were emailed to Seniors 02/10/20.
National DAR Scholarships February 15th, 2020 Amounts vary Several scholarships on this website. Take time to fully look at all scholarship content on the website. Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria.
Drew Mason Memorial Scholarship April 17th, 2020 Amount Varies Must have a 3.0 GPA, must be a 4 year student of OCHS, and live in Owen County. Applications were emailed to Seniors 03/17/20.
R.C. Durr 4-H Scholarship UK March 31, 2020   $2500 Applicants must be 4-H members, have a 2.5 GPA and attending UK in the fall.

Applications were emailed to seniors 02/10/20.


 National Co-op Scholarship February 15th, 2020  As the largest independently sponsored merit co-op scholarship program
in the United States, WACE will award up to 160 merit co-op scholarships for a total value of $4,200,000.

These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors
and transfer students who plan to participate in
college cooperative education at one of our Partner Institutions
listed on the Scholarship Partners tab on the website. 
 To qualify for this scholarship, students must:
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Apply for admission for the 2020-2021 academic year at institution(s) you select on the scholarship application
  • Meet other merit scholarship criteria as established by the institution(s) selected on the application

 Applications can be found at


United Producers Scholarship Program April 1, 2020 $1,000 Must be a child or grandchild of a paid member of UPI. Students must also pursue a career in agriculture and major in an agriculture-related field of study.

Applications and link to application were emailed to Seniors 1/08/20.


BK Scholars December 15th, 2019  $1,000- $50,000 Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.

Eligibility & How to Apply click here:


Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society Scholarship March 15, 2020  $1,000 - $1500 Merit and Need-Based Scholarship

Application website was emailed to Seniors 01/08/20.

KY Farm Bureau Education Foundation Scholarship Program February 28, 2020 amounts varies depending on scholarship applying for must have either a 3.5 GPA or a minimum 23 ACT score.

The application website was emailed to Seniors  1/8/20.. 

Online application


Owen County Farm Bureau April 3, 2020 amounts vary Must be a member of Owen County Farm Bureau. Applications were emailed to Seniors on 02/20/20..
George Crafton Memorial Scholarship March 1, 2020  $1000 annual scholarship Must be interested studying agriculture or the conservation of natural resources.


Commonwealth Credit Union Scholarship April 20, 2020 $1,000 Must be a member of Commonwealth Credit Union, and accepted as an incoming freshman at an accredited college or university.

Applications are available here:


Rebekah Gaines Memorial Scholarship May 1st, 2020 $250 active or inactive OC Cheerleader with at least one year experience, 3.0 GPA and a 20 ACT

Applications were emailed to Senior cheerleaders 03/20/20.



Wyatt Cole Memorial Scholarship  April 15th, 2020  $1,000 Any senior planning to enroll in a college/university, technical school.  Applications were emailed to Seniors 01/28/20.
The Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. Community Scholarship April 13th, 2020 $1000 Seniors planning to attend a post-secondary school and major in a health-related field of study.

Applications were emailed to Seniors 01/28/20.

KY Federation of Republican Women Scholarship April 1, 2020 $1,500 Must be a senior girl that has been politically active within the Republican Party during her high school career. Must also be registered or will be a registered epublican and planning to attend college in Kentucky.


Applications were emailed to Seniors 11/05/2019.


Ripple Effect Scholarship April 3, 2020 $500 to be eligible you must live in a county served by Kentucky American Water, be a senior and attending any accredited in-state or out-of-state university, college or trade school.

Applications are on the KY American website at, the application was also emailed to seniors on 2/13/2020. 

Louis Stout Memorial Scholarship  February 28, 2020 $2,000 must be a senior varsity athlete, have a 3.5 GPA, involved in school activities, and community service.

Link to the application was emailed to seniors 2/12/2020

The Great Scholarship Program

Continous Deadline

$250-$1,500 Seniors interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology.   Applications can be found at:
Lydia Sheerer  Memorial Scholarship   $1,000 Must be a female graduating senior participating in the Northern Kentucky Cinderella's Closet program. Applications were emailed to seniors 3/27/19.
AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky Scholarship March 31, 2020  (4) $1000 must have a declared major in an agricultural related field of study or be accepted into an agricultural study program.

Applications available at:

James R. Ford Memorial Scholarship May 1st, 2020 $1500 renewable Seniors must have resided in Owen County for at least 12 months prior to application. Applications were emailed to Seniors 02/20/20.
Robert Krohman Memorial Scholarship April 30, 2020 $2000 Must be a senior with a GPA of 2.5, must be planning to study in a field similar to one of the following:  engineering, construction mgmt., solid waste mgmt., or public adminstration.

Applications were emailed to Seniors on 3/27/20.


McDonald's/Ray Kroc Scholarship Appication

April 3, 2020 $3000 Must be a senior with a GPA of 3.0, have community involvement.

Applications were emailed to seniors 01/17/2020..


Shannon O'Daniel Scholarship June 22. 2020 $1000 Must be a senior that is currently under physician's care for epilepsy or a seizure disorder.  The link to the application was emailed to Seniors 03/25/2020.
4-H Scholarship May 1, 2020 $500

You must be a current 4-H member and have been enrolled in 4-H for six years, including current year.

Applications were emailed to Seniors 3/21/19.
KY Association of Pupil Transportation Education Scholarship  May 1, 2020 $1000 Must have a 3.0, leadership skills, community service and have a parent or guardian actively employed in the public school pupil transportation field.

Link to the application was emailed to seniors 03/23/20.

Carroll Hunt Bourne Scholarship

April 14th, 2020

$1000 Must have financial need, be in good academic standing, and provide extra-curricular activities. Applications were emailed to Seniors 01/28/2020.
Gene Ray Dusch Scholarship

April 14th, 2020


$1000 Must have financial need, be in good academic standing, and provide extra-curricular activities. Applications were emailed to Seniors 01/28/2020.
M.D. Hunter Scholarship  April 14th, 2020 $1000 Must have financial need and have at least a GPA of 2.0.  Applications were emailed to Seniors 01/28/2020.
Bessie M. Sparks Memorial Scholarship April 14th, 2020   $1,000 Must be a senior with high scholastic standing, that has a financial need.   Applications were emailed to seniors 04/20/18.
Owen County Conservation District Scholarship April 27th, 2020 $1,000 Students must enroll in a program of study related to conservation, forestry, soil science, ecology, wildlife science, or ag related fields. You must also have a min. GPA of 2.75 Applications were emailed to Seniors 02/25/20..
Martha Lee Stamper Extension Homemaker Scholarship April 30th, 2020   $500 Applicant must be a child, stepchild, or grandchild of an Owen County Extension Homemaker.  Must have a 2.0 or better GPA. Applications were emailed to Seniors 02/25/20. 
Owen County Cattleman's Association April 1st, 2020  $500 Applicants must be a senior at Owen County HS and a resident of Owen County. You must be a member or a family member (father, mother, or grandparent) has to be a member of the OC Cattleman's Association. You must have a GPA of 2.75 or better. Applications were emailed to Seniors 01/30/2020..
Kentucky Cattlemen's Association Scholarship  March 31, 2020  $1,500
  • You must be a graduate from a Kentucky high school in the year of application.
  • Be accepted for enrollment in a Kentucky college or other institute of higher education.
  • Planning to major in Agriculture or an Agriculturally-related subject.
  • Applicant or their parent or guardian must be a member of the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association.

The link was emailed to Seniors 01/08/20.

Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship   $1,000 HS senior pursuing a business related degree program at an accredited college or university. A list of business related fields is listed on the application. A link to the application was emailed to Seniors  Applications can be found at:
Beka's Toppers, Inc. Scholarship May 6, 2020 $500 Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 Applications were emailed to Seniors 04/17/20.
Beka's Toppers, Inc. Trade School Scholarship  May 6, 2020 $500 Senior at OCHS attending a trade school or Lineman school.  Applications were emailed to Seniors 04/17/20.
Frank K Downing Leadership Award April 17th, 2020 $1,000 Show outstanding leadership skills, whether through school, church or community activities. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Plan to attend a College, University, Career or Technical school in the next 6 months.  Applications were emailed to seniors 02/20/20.
NKCAC Scholarship   $1000 Applicant must be on free/reduced lunch to apply. Applications were emailed to Seniors
The Chase Duvall Spirit Award, Inc. Scholarship May 1, 2020 1 male and 1 female scholarship $1000 each. Senior at OCHS with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Applications were emailed to Seniors 04/13/20.



Alberta C. Kaufman Scholarship  May 10, 2020 2- $1,000 scholarships  Must have a 3.0 GPA. Must attend a 2 to 4 year school. 

Link to application was emailed to seniors 3/18/20..


Absolutely Scholarships

Search a free data base of 200,000 scholarships. This site also contains loan information.

ClubScholarship has over 500,000 awards in a searchable database that allows users to browse for the best matches. It also has a school search feature, EFC calculator, and Financial Aid Forum.

Culinary Scholarships (See Below)

There are several organizations that offer scholarships for culinary school. The James Beard Foundation makes dozens of scholarships available for study at institutions around the world, some for full-time study and some for cooking demonstration seminars. Awards are based on financial need and aptitude. Find out more by visiting Awards for hospitality including culinary arts are available through the American Culinary Federation at The ACF website also includes a useful directory of accredited institutions. Les Dames d'Escoffier International offers scholarships for women in culinary studies. For more information visit

Colleges and Universities

All colleges and universities in the U.S. can be browsed at by state, degree, name, or occupation of interest which a degree applies.  Financial Aid resources are also available here.



Large, free online scholarship data base also financial aid information.

Fast Web

Very comprehensive site contains a database of over 600,000 scholarships and is growing all the time. Complete a questionnaire and Fast Web will give you a list of scholarships for which you are eligible. Some scholarship applications are available on line. Fast Web will also notify you if additional scholarships are added to its data base that are a match for you.


Weekly newsletter of scholarship and financial aid information. Also has list of contest students can enter to win money for college.

Guaranteed Scholarships

This comprehensive site lists scholarships that are unlimited in number, and require no interview, essay, portfolio, audition competition of other "secondary" requirements. The scholarships are listed by college. This site would be especially useful to valedictorians and other students with outstanding qualifications.

Higher Ed Net

FREE online service sponsored by ISAC which allows students to conveniently conduct a search for private scholarships and additional sources of financial aid.

High Five Scholarships

The High Five Scholarships website is now live with the largest collection of scholarships ever assembled. It is available to everyone free of charge. In addition to scholarships we will soon have free ACT and SAT practice tests and Study Guides.


Hispanic Fund

This site lists scholarships for Hispanic students and universities who participate in the Hispanic Fund scholarship program.

Hope Scholarship

Information about this new (1997) scholarship provided by the U.S. Department of Education.


Your one Source for merit scholarships from colleges across the country. 

Scholarship 101

The GoCollege Site offers the lite version of this commercially produced college data base. Users can fill in the questionnaire and get leads on about 1/3 of the scholarships in this data base or pay $9 to access the entire scholarship data base.

Scholarship Page

The creator of this site started by looking for electrical engineering scholarships for himself, but has expanded to many other majors. Also included are scholarships grouped by gender, heritage, state, and membership in organizations.

Scholarship News

Scholarships organized into the following categories: religion, athletics, college major, state of residence, minorities, and handicaps.

Free college scholarship search uses a personalized profile that will match your specific skills, talents, interests, and abilities to the database of over 600,000 college scholarship awards.  Your results will be delivered to you immediately, on-line!

Weekly Scholarship Alert

Scholarship search results can be overwhelming.  This site emails 1-5 scholarship notices each week to parents and college bound students so that they get a gentle reminder to find college money.

Scholarships can be found on this website along with different career listings with a salary scale and unemployment rates.  Deadline for most scholarships are January- March.  So check out the website soon and see if you qualify for any of the scholarships offered. Remember never to pay to apply for a scholarship.

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