Engineering scholarships provide career path for northeast Kentucky students … Deadline March 1, apply now!
FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2013) – How can you attend college, pay little to no tuition, earn money by working during the summer, and then graduate four years later with a guaranteed job?
Just follow in Bradley Belt’s, Collin Ray’s and Kristian Conway’s footsteps and apply for a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineering scholarship.
Belt, Ray and Conway are three of five students from northeast Kentucky currently studying to become civil engineers. After graduating from Greenup County High School last year, Belt received a four-year, $47,600 scholarship from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Ray received his scholarship after graduating from Bath County High School. Now, Belt’s a freshman at the University of Kentucky and Ray’s attending Western Kentucky University. Conway, a Lewis County High School graduate, is a sophomore engineering scholarship student at the University of Louisville.
“This is an opportunity for these students to not only pay for college but also take their first steps on a rewarding career path,” said Bart Bryant, chief district engineer for Kentucky Department of Highways District 9. “And, with the Transportation now accepting scholarship applications, more students are able to take those same steps.”
CIVIL ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP
Since 1948, the Transportation Cabinet has offered the Civil Engineering Scholarship Program to high school seniors or current college students interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering at the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University or Kentucky State University.
Each year, the cabinet awards up to 20 new scholarships to students based on their performance in high school, ACT scores, aptitude in math and science and an interest in engineering as a career. To date, nearly 1,700 scholarships worth millions of dollars in financial aid to aspiring engineers have been awarded.
The scholarship’s total value is around $47,600 for four years of study - Freshman and sophomore students receive $5,750 per semester, and junior and senior applicants receive $6,150 per semester to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Scholarship students can work summers and agree to work for a year for the cabinet for every year they receive the award – so, in addition to tuition assistance and paid summer employment, students receive job placement after graduation and a potentially rewarding and lucrative career.
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP
The Transportation Cabinet also awards scholarships for students to pursue civil engineering technology degrees at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg.
The Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship Program will prepare students for work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet upon graduation. Each scholarship student will receive $2,750 per semester toward an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology from the Prestonsburg or Lexington KCTCS campuses. Scholarship students agree to work for a year for the cabinet for every year they receive the award.
DEADLINE MARCH 1
“These scholarships provide the talent the Transportation Cabinet needs as well as the careers our high school seniors want,” Bryant said. “Whether you like math and science, enjoy solving problems or just want to be a part of the team that helps Kentucky meet its future transportation needs, I encourage you to apply.”
The application deadline for both the civil engineering and engineering tech scholarships is March 1, and recipients are notified in April. Information, applications, qualifications and guidelines can be found online at http://transportation.ky.gov/Education.
THE ‘KEEN’ PROGRAM
Also, to boost student “exposure” to the engineering profession, the Transportation Cabinet offers the Kentucky Engineering Exposure Network – through which highway engineers visit schools to discuss applications of math and science in daily life and the opportunities and challenges presented in the field of engineering.
To invite an engineer to your classroom, or learn more about scholarships, in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas or Rowan counties, contact Allen Blair at the Department of Highways District 9 office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (606) 845-2551.