The Evolve502 Scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship program that covers a student’s college tuition after federal and state aid has been applied. The scholarship application will open Oct. 4, 2022 to eligible JCPS Class of 2023 students and may be used to earn an associate degree, workforce credential or up to 60 credit hours at any Kentucky Community and Technical College including Jefferson Community and Technical College, or Simmons College of Kentucky.
The Evolve502 Scholarship application will open to all eligible JCPS Class of 2023 graduates on Oct. 4.
Applicants must be a Kentucky resident and complete one of the following requirements:
- Attended JCPS since at least the 9th grade* and graduate from a JCPS high school in 2023 or
- Earned a GED within 12 months of their original 2023 JCPS high school graduation date
Class of 2023 students who enroll in the military no later than 90 days after high school graduation may defer eligibility while in active duty.
*We encourage students who have not attended JCPS since 9th grade to submit 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.
Applying for the Evolve502 Scholarship is a four-part process:
- Complete the Evolve502 Scholarship Application
- JCPS Class of 2023 students can complete the online application beginning Oct. 4, 2022. It takes about 5 minutes to complete and must be submitted no later than July 15, 2023. We strongly advise completing the form as early as possible
- Once a student applies, an Evolve502 Student Success Coordinator will email them and outline all the next required steps. The coordinator will be the student’s main contact throughout the rest of the application process
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Apply and enroll at any Kentucky Community and Technical College, including Jefferson Community and Technical College, or Simmons College of Kentucky
- Complete high school or GED requirements
Our scholarship application opens annually on Oct. 1 and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. July 15, 2023 though we strongly recommend students complete the application and other required steps before graduating high school.
What degrees & credentials and colleges are eligible?
Where can I find more information about college admissions requirements?
Is there additional financial assistance available?
Any eligible student with a household income of $40,000 or below will automatically receive an Opportunity Grant of $1,000 per semester (up to $2,000 per year) to assist in defraying the total cost of attendance or to help students pay for unexpected expenses which might occur while enrolled. Students must complete the full Evolve502 Scholarship application process.
How can I help prepare my student for college?
The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority has a lot of great information resources to help families and students plan for college, including things to consider when picking a school, pre-college curriculum check, entrance and placement tests, college cost calculator, financial planning and resources, career resources, and more.
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 .
How can I help my student 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.
Any ECE Support available?
What if my student doesn’t qualify? Are there any other scholarships available?
Please check the following resources for assistance.
- KHEAA’s website offer several resources that provide college funding for students including the Kentucky Work Ready Scholarship
- Community Foundation of Louisville
- CFL offers around 70 different scholarships without a residency requirement
- Louisville Latino Educational Outreach project
- LLEO advocates for and empower Latino students and families in Louisville by providing access, knowledge base, and support to promote success in college, career, and life
- Immigrants rising
- Immigrants Rising is a non-profit organization based in California that Empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. For a complete list of scholarships available to undocumented students visit the link below