Breaking Down Barriers to
Make College Accessible and Affordable

For many families, sending your child to college can feel like an unattainable goal. Between the high costs of tuition and the processes that can feel overwhelming to first-generation families. We’re here to help. Our goal is to give students the support, access, and tuition support to ensure eligible students have the chance to attend college for up to two years tuition-free.

What is the Evolve502 Scholarship?

The Evolve502 Scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship program that covers a student’s tuition after federal and state aid has been applied. The scholarship can be used to earn an associate degree, workforce credential, or as a pathway to earn a four-year degree at any Kentucky Community & Technical College or Simmons College of Kentucky.

Who’s Eligible?

Evolve502 is currently accepting scholarship applications from eligible students in the JCPS Class of 2022. 

What’s the Deadline?

Our scholarship application opens annually on Oct. 1 and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. July 15.

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What degrees & credentials and colleges are eligible?

The Evolve502 Scholarship can be used to earn an associate degree, workforce credential, or as a pathway to earn a four-year degree at any Kentucky Community & Technical College, including Jefferson Community and Technical College and Simmons College of Kentucky.

Where can I find more information about college admissions requirements?

You can learn about admissions requirements and apply to Jefferson Community and Technical College and Simons College of Kentucky.

Is there additional financial assistance available?

Any eligible student with a household income of $40,000 or below will 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.

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. Need help with the FAFSA application? Contact Kentucky College Access Center.

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.

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

Jefferson Community and Technical College offers a Work Ready scholarship.