Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 18, 2013

New KCU scholarship targets local students

Mike James
The Independent

GRAYSON — A new full-tuition scholarship at Kentucky Christian University is designed to make it possible for more local high school seniors to afford a private college education, according to KCU president Jeff Metcalf.

KCU hopes students who attend via the Lead and Enhance Appalachia Program scholarship will go on to academic and professional success in the region.

Since its founding in 1919, KCU has at times enrolled more out of state than in-state students, Metcalf said. That trend has been reversed but the university wants to attract more area students.

“We want to train Appalachian youth to become Appalachian leaders,” Metcalf said.

The scholarships will pay full tuition at KCU and will be renewable for four years as long as recipients maintain a 2.0 grade average. Recipients will be responsible for fees and books.

The scholarship is need based; applicants must be eligible for full federal Pell grants. They also must be Kentucky residents and score at least 20 on the ACT or 1390 on the SAT.

The academic qualifications are modest because the scholarships don’t target academic stars. Top students typically receive plentiful scholarship offers, Metcalf said. “It’s the non-star students we’re trying to serve in this program.”

Applicants should submit their materials by the priority consideration deadline of Jan. 15. KCU has not set a maximum number of scholarships to be awarded and an enrollment committee will consider all applications, Metcalf said.

The scholarship is available to high school seniors entering college following graduation. It covers tuition for 25 hours in the freshman year, and the first 12 hours per semester following that.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.