Work Ready Kentucky Scholarships

The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate's degree afford an industry-recognized certificate or diploma.
  • Determine your eligibility for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship. To be eligible, you must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Be a Kentucky resident
    • Be a high school or GED graduate
    • Have not earned an associate’s degree or higher
  • Pick an occupation in one of these five industries:
    • Healthcare
    • Business and IT
    • Construction Trades
    • Transportation and Logistics
    • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Find a participating community/technical college or university in your region that offers the certifications you need for the occupation you’re interested in.
  • Apply for admission into the community/technical college or university you’d like to attend.
  • Determine the amount of financial aid you will receive by applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Apply for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, which will cover the amount of your tuition not covered by financial aid.
  • Work with advisors at your community/technical college or university to choose the classes you need for your certification.
  • Begin your classes. Many of these certificates can be completed in four months or less!
  • Look for and apply for jobs that require your certification.
  • Get the job and start your new career!


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