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KEES Scholarship

All Kentucky students can earn money for good grades with the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)!

Kentucky students may earn money for college through the KEES Program. The KEES Program rewards students for making good grades in high school. Students receive bonuses for doing well on the ACT, SAT, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The scholarship may be used upon graduation from high school, and no application is necessary. After students enroll at an eligible college, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) will send half of their funds directly to the school.

Students may use their KEES awards at any public college or university in Kentucky, at nearly all private colleges and universities in the state, and at many of the state's trade schools. If a major isn't offered in Kentucky, students may be able to use their KEES awards at out-of-state schools that offer a particular major and belong to the Academic Common Market. These majors must be approved by Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education. (Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio schools are not eligible because those states do not participate in the Academic Common Market.) Refer to the section on the Academic Common Market to see a list of eligible colleges and majors.

Here's how KEES works: Students earn a KEES award for each year of attendance at a certified Kentucky high school if they get at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). Students also earn a bonus award for their qualifying ACT or SAT score. Minority students receive extra bonuses for passing AP exams.

Students must maintain a certain GPA in college to continue receiving their KEES awards, and they must be on track to earn their degree in four or five years depending on their program of study. As college sophomores, KEES recipients must have earned at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA as freshmen in order to get their full award their sophomore year. After that, KEES recipients must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to keep their full award. Students whose cumulative GPA is between 2.5 and 2.99 will receive half their award. College juniors and seniors may regain the full award if their cumulative GPA is raised to 3.0 or better.

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