news | October 08, 2021

Evolve502 Scholarship application for Class of 2022 now open

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Jefferson County Public Schools seniors who will graduate in May 2021 can now apply for the Evolve502 Scholarship on Oct. 1.

The Evolve502 Scholarship allows eligible students to begin postsecondary studies tuition-free at any Kentucky Community and Technical College school or Simmons College of Kentucky to pursue an associate degree or career credential, or take 60 hours of credit before transferring to a four-year university.

“The Evolve502 Scholarship allows every eligible JCPS graduate in the Class of 2022 to pursue their college and career dreams, without the real or perceived barrier of cost,” Executive Director Marland Cole. “We believe every young person should have equal access to postsecondary education and to the necessary supports to ensure their success.  We’re so thankful to our strong network of donors and business partners who have stepped forward to make this promise possible.”

The Evolve502 Scholarship application is available at evolve502.org/scholarship and takes about five minutes to complete. The Evolve502 scholarship is not merit-based. Rather, the scholarship is guaranteed to all students who meet the eligibility requirements and complete the required steps.

Once the scholarship application is submitted and reviewed, applicants will receive a follow-up email with the next steps including completing the federal financial aid form and applying to eligible universities. Students will be notified of conditional acceptance only after the FAFSA is completed and they have completed the required application steps to their chosen college.

Details of the scholarship include:

  • The Evolve502 scholarship is a last dollar scholarship, meaning Evolve502 will fund the difference between federal and state financial aid and university tuition and fees, ensuring no Evolve502 scholar pays tuition.
  • In addition to the scholarships, scholars whose families earn less than $40,000 annually will be automatically eligible for opportunity grants of $1,000 per semester (maximum $2,000 annually) to assist with costs outside of tuition and mandatory fees including books, housing, transportation etc.

Full eligibility requirements can be viewed at evolve502.org/scholarship. Eligible students must apply before July 15, 2022.

Students who have questions about the scholarship should email scholarships@evolve502.org for support.