Your Future.

Our goal at Evolve502 is to support students as they pursue the dream of a college education. We know that for some young people, cost – or even perceived cost – can be a barrier that makes college unattainable. We’re changing that today.

The Evolve502 Scholarship is an investment in our city’s young people, allowing eligible JCPS graduates to pursue their college and career goals. We believe that by making up to two years of college tuition-free, we will transform lives and our city.

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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 will open to all eligible JCPS Class of 2023 graduates on Oct. 4, 2022 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.

How do I apply?

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
      • Before completing, review all eligibility information. If you have questions about your eligibility or may need to file an appeal, please email us at
      • If you’d rather fill out a paper application, download an application (English, Spanish) and mail to our office. Directions are on the application
    • Once you submit an application, you’ll hear from an Evolve502 Student Success Coordinator who will outline your next required steps
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • If you’re a 2023 graduate, make sure you and your family complete the 2023-2024 application at
    • When submitting your FAFSA, make sure to list the colleges you’re applying to
  • Apply and enroll at any Kentucky Community and Technical College, including Jefferson Community and Technical College, or Simmons College of Kentucky
    • Be on the lookout for emails for your selected college with questions or to complete necessary steps required for enrollment
  • Complete your high school or GED requirements

Still have questions? Review the FAQ below or email us at

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Am I eligible?

The Evolve502 Scholarship application for the JCPS Class of 2023 will open Oct. 4, 2022 and is open to eligible students who meet the following criteria:

  • Any student who attended JCPS since at least the 9th grade and graduated from a JCPS high school (If you are currently enrolled at a JCPS high school but do not meet this requirement we encourage you to still apply.)
  • 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


Please note: JCPS students who do not meet the full eligibility requirements may still apply before the deadline. A staff member will help you complete an appeal form and an appeals panel will review your case and follow up with you.

What are the GPA requirements?

There is no GPA requirement for the Evolve502 scholarship. Students must meet JCPS graduation requirements and receive a high school diploma or GED to be eligible.

How do I maintain my eligibility?

To receive the Evolve502 Scholarship students must do the following:

  • Gain admission into an eligible institution
  • Complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enroll in at least nine credit hours at an eligible institution by the fall semester immediately after graduation
  • Successfully complete nine credit hours each semester
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress while enrolled

Can I take a semester off or gap year before using my scholarship?

Students must enroll no later than the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

Can I take time off between college semesters? If so, what's the time frame they must complete their degree in?

Students are eligible to receive the scholarship for up to 60 credit hours, six semesters, or the completion of an associate degree; whichever comes first. So, yes, within that six semesters a student could take a semester off. However, they must start college the fall after high school graduation.

College Information

What colleges are eligible?

Any Kentucky Community & Technical College , including Jefferson Community and Technical College, or Simmons College of Kentucky.

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 or Simmons College of Kentucky.

How many credit hours are included?

Scholarships may be used for up to 60 credit hours. Students are also eligible for up to six credit hours of developmental coursework.

Application Process

What information do I need to fill out the application?

You’ll need the following information:

  • Legal name
  • Date of birth
  • JCPS email
  • Phone number
  • Home address
  • High school
  • Expected graduation year

How long will it take?

The application should take no more than five minutes to complete once you have all the information required.

  • Contact the Evolve502 student success coordinator assigned to your school or your high school counselor if you have questions

What happens after I submit my application?

Once your application is submitted, one of our student success coordinators will reach out to discuss the next steps below.

  1. Apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


2. Complete your high school or GED requirements


3. Enroll at any Kentucky Community & Technical College or Simmons College of Kentucky

When will I receive scholarship dollars?

Students may receive scholarship dollars after classes begin for up to six semesters, the completion of an associate degree, or 60 credit hours; whichever comes first.

Does the scholarship cover summer or online classes?

The scholarship does cover online courses but does not cover summer courses.

Additional resources

Is there any additional financial assistance?

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.

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Need Help?

Need help or Spanish language assistance? Email us at or call 502-292-6222.