Working Together to
Give Students a Successful Future

Our goal at Evolve502 is to support students as they pursue the dream of a college education. In addition to our scholarship guaranteeing students up to two years of free college, we’re collaborating with educators and organizations to ensure students have the support they need to transition from high school to college, including applying for our scholarship.  

Together, no matter the zip code student lives in or the high school they attend, we can help students achieve their goals to attend college.

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What is the Evolve502 Scholarship?

The Evolve502 scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship program that covers a student’s college tuition after federal and state aid has been applied. Scholarships are now open to eligible Jefferson County Public Schools Class of 2022 graduates and may be used to earn an associate degree, workforce credential, or up to 60 credit hours at any Kentucky Community & Technical College, including Jefferson Community and Technical College, or Simmons College of Kentucky.


The Evolve502 Scholarship is open to all eligible JCPS students who meet the following criteria: 

  • Any student who attended Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) since at least the 9th grade and graduated from a JCPS high school. 
  • Students who meet all other eligibility criteria, were enrolled in JCPS since at least the 9th grade, and earned a GED within 12 months of their original high school graduation date. 
  • Individuals who enroll in the military no later than 90 days after high school graduation may defer eligibility while in active duty.
  • Must be a Kentucky resident. 


Students may also be eligible for an opportunity grant and access to a student success coordinator to help with questions regarding the application process and next steps. Click on the links to learn more.

Please note: For those JCPS students who might not meet the full eligibility requirements but are interested in the scholarship, please proceed in submitting an application before the deadline. An Evolve502 staff member will follow up with you at a later date to complete an appeals form. A panel of staff and community members will review these appeals periodically and will communicate decisions directly to you.


For questions about Evolve502 and our scholarship program, please email


How can my students learn more or get help with the Evolve502 Scholarship Application?

Please email and request contact from a member of our Student Success Team. Each JCPS high school is assigned an Evolve502 Student Success Coordinator. These coordinators can answer questions about the application process, college selection and more. Coordinators can also visit schools to meet with students.

Are there any resources to help with the FAFSA form?

For a general overview and video tutorials for completing the FAFSA form, visit Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Need help with the FAFSA application? Contact Kentucky College Access Center.

How can I help my students decide what degree and career to pursue?

The College Board has a great career exploration tool to help students match the school classes they like with a degree and career they will love.

What if my student doesn’t qualify? Are there any other scholarships available?

Jefferson Community and Technical College offers a Work Ready scholarship.

Are paper copies of the application available?

Yes! Please email and request that paper copies be mailed to your school.

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