LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A new campaign has been announced for a state scholarship program helping adults in the commonwealth attend college and boost employability.
The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program was initially created back in 2017 to help cover the remaining costs of tuition after other federal, state and campus grants and scholarships are applied.
On Monday, Governor Beshear announced the new campaign, titled “Never Underestimate You!” hoping to raise awareness of the program for individuals or families seeking new opportunities in the midst of a pandemic.
Many Kentucky colleges and universities are taking part in the program, offering over 350 course offerings in high-demand programs such as health care, manufacturing, business and information technology and more.
To help raise awareness, Louisville hip-hop artist Buffalo “B.” Stille of Nappy Roots created a rap used as part of the campaign.
Stille, a Grammy and American Music Awards nominee, recently earned his bachelor’s degree, and said he is championing education for all residents in Kentucky as the key to a better life.
“I believe that education is the one thing that nobody can take away from you,” Stille said. “The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program is amazing because it offers a lot of different skills sets and is tuition free. If I can go back to school, anybody can do it.”
Scholarships awards are being offered on a first-come, first served basis, with participating campuses verifying students' eligibility. Courses are being offered through various colleges, including Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University, Galen College of Nursing and more.
The Work Ready program is being funded by the Kentucky Lottery, and is a partnership between KCTCS, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Kentucky Lottery, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, The Graduate Network, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and AARP Kentucky.
For more information on the program and how to apply, visit the Work Ready Kentucky website.