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Trailblazer Scholarship

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Eastern Kentucky University announces the establishment of the Trailblazer Scholarship Award to assist students seeking to become the first in their family to earn a college degree. Serving this population of students has been at the heart of Eastern’s mission for over a century, and this scholarship will help fill unmet needs many first generation families experience when attempting to find affordable quality college options for their children.

First Generation, First-Time Freshmen

These students can apply until March 15, 2024 to be considered. The award amount may vary depending upon the individual student’s need and academic record. Priority will be given to students who are not receiving other institution merit aid.

In addition to the Trailblazer application available in myEKU, you must also submit the following to EKU by the deadline:

  • A letter of recommendation from a school official
  • A written essay:
    • Explain “why being the first in your family to graduate from college is important to you and how a degree from EKU will impact your life”
    • One page, single-spaced, 12 Times New Roman
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Trailblazer is a one-time award to incoming freshmen for up to $2,000.