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Scholarships

ATTENTION SENIORS: Please read the description of each award to see if you meet the eligibility requirements. The application will be used for each scholarship you check - with the exception of scholarships noted or listed below.  Please submit one teacher recommendation with your application and any other requirements. 

Email application, essay (if required), and recommendations to: local.scholarship@covington.kyschools.us

Please Note: Scholarship amounts and availability are subject to change.
 

 

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Local Scholarships

ATTENTION SENIORS: Below is a list of local scholarships offered only to Holmes High School graduating seniors. Before beginning the application, please read all directions carefully. Please note that scholarship amounts and availability are subject to change.

1.  Please read the description of each award to see if you meet the eligibility requirements.
2.  Print the list from the tab above and place a checkmark next to each scholarship to which you would like to apply. Make sure you meet eligibility requirements, and please note the essay requirements for some scholarships.
3.  Complete the application. The application will be used for all scholarships marked; you only need to complete ONE application.  
4.  Complete all required essays (if applicable).
5.  Obtain one recommendation from a teacher, staff member, or school administrator.
6.  Complete any additional requirements required by particular scholarships (if applicable).
7.  No later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, submit ALL necessary documents (including application, essay/s, teacher recommendation, etc.) via email to
local.scholarships@covington.kyschools.us. Scholarship applications and required documents may also be turned in at the FRYSC Office, Mentoring Office or directly to Janice Krumwiede.  

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Adams Law, PLLC ($1000.00) – This scholarship is designed to help a Holmes High School senior who is interested in attending an institution of higher education. Adams Law, PLLC values education as a vital foundation for creating fulfilling, advantageous careers. They are proud and excited to help students reach their goals of furthering their education. A 500 to 750 word essay is required. Please see the ASWD scholarship sheet on the website for further details.

Covington Education Foundation (TBD; Renewable) – This scholarship is for a graduating senior attending an accredited post-secondary institution on a full time basis and has financial need. The student must show the potential for success in college. A 200 word essay is required. Please see essay requirements for essay topic. This scholarship is renewable, two will be awarded.  

JACK MORELAND SCHOLARSHIP ($1000.00) – This scholarship is for a graduating senior who is attending a post-secondary institution in Kentucky and will major in education or chemistry, have a financial need, and submit a 150-200 word essay. Please see essay requirements.

Covington Professional Firefighters Scholarship ($500; $1000) – These scholarships are for graduating seniors who are attending post-secondary institutions and who have a financial need. A 150-200 word essay is required. The essay should describe the importance of firefighters to our community. Two scholarships will be awarded; one for each amount listed.

Chuck and Julie Geisen Scheper Scholarship ($1000.00; Renewable) - This scholarship is based on teacher/staff recommendation and awarded to a student with financial need and the skills for success. This scholarship is renewable.

Don Conrad Scholarship (Amount Varies; Renewable) – These scholarships are awarded to deserving Holmes High School students in pursuit of a higher education. The winning students will demonstrate broad intellectual capabilities and a sincere interest in enhancing personal educational growth through the attainment of a college degree and have a financial need. These scholarships are for those attending an accredited post-secondary institution in Kentucky. Two scholarships will be awarded; both scholarships are renewable.

Fred Waddell Pathway to UK Scholarship ($1000.00; Renewable) – This scholarship is focused on supporting a student who wants to use the college experience to expand his/her horizons and find ways to make a difference in the world. The student must attend the University of Kentucky. A 150-200 word essay is required.  Please see essay requirements. This scholarship is renewable.

Harry and Sarah Mitchell Scholarship (TBD) – These scholarships are awarded to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA in mathematics or science courses. The students must be of good moral character and display good citizenship qualities. Harry Mitchell was a principal and assistant superintendent for Covington Independent Public Schools. Two scholarships will be awarded.

Herb and Chris Tudor Scholarship ($800) – This scholarship is open a senior with scholastic excellence, ideal attendance, and exemplary citizenship and leadership qualities as displayed in school, church and community.

Linda Lee Waddell Scholarship ($1000.00; Renewable) – This renewable scholarship is focused on students who see the college experience as an opportunity to achieve goals that will help others who have lacked the opportunity or resources that they themselves have experienced while in school. A 150-200 word essay is required. Please see essay requirements.

Mumm Family Academic Scholarship ($3000.00; Renewable) – These scholarships honor the Mumm family – Holmes graduates William, Thelma, Ruth, and David, who also served as a Holmes teacher and baseball coach. The scholarships are designed for students who want to attend college on a full-time basis but who otherwise could not afford it. Academic achievement may be considered in the final selection process. Recipients may reapply for scholarship funding during college if academically qualified. Two scholarships will be awarded; both scholarships are renewable.

Ron Sargent Foundation Scholarship ($2000.00) – This scholarship is for a senior who will attend college out of state. Considerations include high academic achievement, character, and motivation to succeed.

Shelly Duncan Memorial Scholarship (TBD) – This scholarship will be awarded to a student who exhibits the kindness that Mrs. Duncan was known for; student should have a financial need. Mrs. Duncan worked in the district for several years and most recently served as the youth service center coordinator at Holmes High School. Students will be nominated by staff. 

Vogt Family Scholarship (Amount Varies) – This scholarship is for a graduating senior attending an accredited post-secondary institution on a full time basis outside of the greater Cincinnati area. Student must have financial need and show potential for success in college. An essay is required. Please see essay requirements for essay topic.

Woodrow Lane Scholarship ($5000.00) The student awarded this scholarship will have demonstrated strong moral character, service to others, and leadership potential. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. It is intended to support a student who will attend an accredited university or college to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math.

 

Outside Scholarships

ATTENTION SENIORS: Below is a list of scholarships that are offered to High School graduating seniors. Please read the description of each to see if you meet the eligibility requirements. 

Please Note: Scholarship amounts and availability are subject to change.

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Covington FOP Lodge #1 Fallen Officer Scholarship - ($500) - Must be a high school senior and a resident of Covington, or a child of a current Fraternal Order of Police member or FOPA member.  Fill out application and essay required.  Essay should be 400-700 words long, original and previously unpublished and on the topic of "What does living in Covington mean to me?"

Applications and Essays should be emailed to CovingtonFOPScholarship@gmail.com or mailed to, FOP Scholarship, 516 E 18th St, Covington KY 41014. 
For application please click
HERE.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 203
American Legion Auxiliary Information
American Legion Auxiliary Application

Lincoln/William Grant Legacy Scholarship Award - ($1000) - This scholarship is for generational descendants of affiliates of the former Lincoln-Grant or William Grant High School in Covington, Ky. Two $1000 scholarships are available.  Click here for application. 
Lincoln/William Grant Legacy Scholarship Award

Dr. Nancy C. Riley Walton Memorial Scholarship ($1000) -  For any qualifying graduating senior or undergraduate college student. No family relationship to former affiliates of the former Lincoln-Grant or William Grant High School is required for this scholarship award.) Two $1,000 scholarship awards are available.  Click here for application.

The Wallace Woods Neighborhood Association ($500) - This scholarship is based on good citizenship & community service.  Seniors must reside in Covington, KY, performed voluntary community service and be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited two year to four year post-secondary educational institution.  Essay is required, please see essay requirements for topic.
The Wallace Woods Neighborhood Association Scholarship Award
The Wallace Woods Neighborhood Association Scholarship Application

Northern Kentucky Building Inspectors Association ($750)
NKBIA Information and Application

Kenton County Retired Teachers Association ($600) - Each year the Kenton County Retired Teachers Association offers a scholarship to a Kenton County Public School Teacher who is working on his/her postgraduate degree/certification or a student who is a senior in high school enrolled in one of the five public school districts located in Kenton County. These funds have been raised through private donations of our retired teachers in KCTRA. All completed forms and letters of recommendation need to be completed and mailed by Friday, April 5, 2024. Completed forms should be sent to Dianne Sebastian at KCRTA Scholarship Committee, 720 Winston Hill Drive, Taylor Mill, KY 41015
KCRTA Scholarship Requirements
KCTRA Scholarship Application


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10 Tips for writing effective scholarship essays

1.  Read the instructions and make sure you understand them before you start writing. This includes paying attention to the formatting requirements, like font family and size.
2.  Think about what you are going to write and organize your thoughts before you start writing. Brainstorm first, and edit your ideas second.
3.  Begin the writing process by writing a comprehensive outline. Include your thesis statement, supporting statements and carefully-typed out quotes or citations that you plan to use in your essay.
4.  Use clear, concise and simple language throughout the essay. Try varying up your sentence structure to add rhythm to your writing.
5.  Write proudly of your accomplishments, but avoid bragging. Essay judges want to see your self-confidence come through, but it always benefits you to come off as humble.
6.  Make sure your grammar and spelling are impeccable by using the spelling and grammar check tool. Try printing your essay out to get another perspective on how it reads. Typos that you skim by on the screen might pop out on paper.
7.  Mind your word count. Use the word count tool to help you gage your progress. If your essay is too long and you need to remove words to shorten it, try eliminating adverbs first.
8.  Follow a typical essay format. Scholarship essay contests are not the time to experiment with form. Depending on word count, your essay should have an introduction, one to three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
9.  Read the essay prompt/question again and then read your essay to be certain that the essay addresses every point. If your essay is missing something critical from the scholarship requirements, you may be immediately disqualified.
10.  Have someone with strong writing and editing skills proofread the essay before you submit it. This could be a parent, teacher, tutor or even a friend.