Kentucky’s public schools are made of a diverse population of students.  KEA feels it is important that we have a highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff that is reflective of the population of our state, our students, and our public schools.  Currently, educators of color comprise only 5% of the Kentucky teaching population, while the state has a 13.7% ethnic minority population.  (According the to the U.S. Census Bureau) Consequently, many of our students of color may never see a role model at the front of the classroom who looks like them.  

KEA’s Ethnic Minority Scholarship is a progressive scholarship program that is awarded each fall to 2 (two) freshman college students who are seeking a degree in Education. The total award is $5000.00 dispersed over 4 years. (Disbursement schedule:  Year 1 – $500.00; Year 2 – $1000.00; Year 3 – $1500.00; Year 4 – $2000.00)

This scholarship is open to any person in any of the following:  American Indian/Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, multi ethnic; who is pursuing a degree in education. The recipient must be enrolled full-time in an educator preparation program in Kentucky.  If successful, the recipient will be asked to submit a copy of their schedule (each semester) as proof of enrollment in the educator preparation course of study.  Deadline for submission is October 15, 2022.  

In addition to providing financial support, this program will also include a mentorship program.  The KEA Ethnic Minority Directors will mentor and support the recipient throughout their educational career.  This program will support the recipient not only during their pre-service track, but also through the testing required and other barriers which a student may encounter.  The mentorship program provides immediate and continuing support for the recipients throughout their higher education experience and into their career as an educator.  

Before you begin:

Applicants will be asked to answer the following as part of the application process:

Why have you chosen to major in education?

What is a barrier/challenge that you have overcome in your education?

If awarded this scholarship, I will be able to:

Applicants will also be asked to upload a picture of themselves.