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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 eligible 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.

Together, we can help students achieve their goals to attend college.


Learn more about Evolve502
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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. Scholarship applications will open to eligible Jefferson County Public Schools Class of 2024 graduates on Aug. 7, 2023. Scholarships 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.

Eligibility

The Evolve502 Scholarship application will open to all eligible JCPS Class of 2024 graduates on Aug. 7, 2023. Eligibility is open to students in the JCPS Class of 2024 who meet the following criteria:

  • Attended JCPS since at least the 9th grade and graduated from a JCPS high school*
  • 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
  • Must be a Kentucky resident

Class of 2024 students who enroll in the military no later than 90 days after high school graduation may defer eligibility while in active duty. Please contact your student success coordinator for more information on military deferments.

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.

*Students who have not attended a JCPS since 9th grade should proceed in submitting an application. Once your application is received, a Student Success Coordinator will reach out to discuss available options with you, which may include submitting an appeal to the scholarship committee.

Questions

For questions about Evolve502 and our scholarship program, please email scholarships@evolve502.org.

FAQs

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

Please contact your high school’s assigned Student Success Coordinator .  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 , visit Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority .

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?

Please check the following resources for assistance.

KHEAA

Are paper copies of the application available?

Yes! Please contact your high school’s assigned student success coordinator and request that paper copies be dropped off to your school.

Invite Evolve502 to Your School

Help your students explore post-secondary education options

In addition to offering sessions to high schools about applying for the Evolve502 Scholarship, student success coordinators can offer presentations on the following topics to high school students as they consider post-secondary education plans:

  • Planning Your Future 
  • Self-Advocacy and utilizing resources. 
  • Paying and affording college 
  • Mapping out your career- Career aptitude    

Contact your school’s assigned Student Success Coordinator for more information.