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KHEAA-Administered Programs

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program

The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate's degree afford an industry-recognized certificate or diploma.

  • Student must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Be a Kentucky resident
    • Be a high school graduate or be enrolled in or have completed a General Educational Development (GED) Program
    • Have not earned an associate's or higher degree
    • Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an eligible postsecondary institution in an approved program of study that leads to an industry recognized certificate or diploma in a high-demand workforce sector.
      • Qualifying areas for the 2017-2018 year are health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction
    • Not be enrolled concurrently in a degree-seeking program at the same or any other institution
    • Not be in default on any obligation to KHEAA or to any Title IV program
  • Application:
    • FAFSA
    • Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship application. Sign in to apply. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis by WRKS application date.
  • Award:
    • Amount equals the maximum amount minus federal and state grants and scholarships.
    • Maximum amount shall not exceed the in‐state tuition and fees rate for full‐time enrollment at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, which is $4,080 for the 2017‐2018 year.
  • Eligibility:
    • Expires when the first of the following conditions is met:
      • Receipt of scholarship funding for the equivalent of four academic terms;
      • Receipt of the scholarship for 32 credit hours of enrollment; or
      • Receipt of a first associate's degree
    • Recipients must earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher each semester the scholarship is received in order to be eligible the following semester.

List of Approved Programs