Here's How it Works:

You have a chance to win the $500 Promote Your School Scholarship and see yourself in KHEAA publications. Students from the winning high school are featured on the covers and throughout this year's publications. Someone from KHEAA will come to the winning school to take pictures for use in our publications.

KHEAA will award a $500 scholarship to the student who does the best job of answering ONE of the following topics:

Describe a memorable experience at your school where people came together to achieve a goal or overcame a challenge; or

How education makes a stronger community


  1. You must be a high school sophomore during the 2023-2024 and a high school junior during the 2024-2025 school year.

  2. You must attend a Kentucky high school whose students are eligible to earn KEES awards.

  3. The deadline for receiving entries is June 30, 2024.

  4. Essay entries must be no longer than 200 words. That includes only the words in the essay, not the title or your name and high school.
    (Careful: We count and disqualify!)

  5. At the top of your essay, put the topic you've chosen to address.

  6. At the bottom of your essay, put your name and address, plus the name of your school. They'll be marked out before copies are given to the judges. We don't want the judges to know what school an entry is from.

  7. Do not include your name, the name of your school or its mascot, city, county or community in the essay itself.

  8. If your essay is handwritten, please make sure it is written in ink and is legible. If we can't read it, we can't judge it!

  9. Do not include a Works Cited page.

  10. Do not include your rough draft(s).

  11. Poems will not be accepted as essays.

  12. We cannot accept essays through online file-sharing sites.

  13. Do NOT include any of the following in the essay itself:
    • Your name
    • The name of your school or its mascot
    • Your city
    • Your county
    • Your community
    • Any identifying personal characteristics (race, gender, national origin, religion, etc.)

Students from schools featured in the past five years Madison Southern High School, Frankfort High School, Butler County High School, Bullitt East High School and Warren East High School are not eligible to enter this year’s contest. Children of employees of KHEAA or the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC) are also not eligible.

Mail or email your essay to:

Publications Section
PO Box 798
Frankfort, KY 40602–0798