The Kentucky Grocers Association and the Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores have always had a strong interest in supporting education and has established this scholarship program to achieve the objectives listed below:
It helps deserving students with college expenses.
It relieves parents of some college expenses.
Colleges attended by the recipients benefit indirectly by receiving the scholarship funds.
Scholarship Eligibility Those eligible to apply are high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
Students themselves, children or grandchildren of full-time employees of firms who are members of KGA/KACS.
Part-time student employees of firms which are members of KGA/KACS. The student employees must have been employed for at least one year as of January 1st of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.
Scholarship recipients MUST be affiliated with a KGA/KACS member company in good standing - current year member dues MUST be paid.
Scholarship Awards The KGEF awards five (5) $1,000 scholarships. Additional scholarships are awarded through the KGEF "Piggyback" program. Under the "Piggyback" program, KGA/KACS member companies fund scholarships in varying amounts that will be awarded only to students affiliated with the sponsoring company. Piggyback applicants compete only with other students of the sponsoring company. If a Piggyback applicant does not receive a sponsored Piggyback scholarship, they remain eligible to receive a KGEF scholarship. In any case, only one scholarship will be awarded to any student.
Scholarships may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States. Recipients may transfer from one college to another and retain the award.
For Employers: Fund Your Own KGEF "Piggyback" Scholarship
The KGEF "Piggyback" scholarship program allows you the ability to fund a college scholarship in the name of your company or a special person in your life and leave all the administration of the selection process to an outside independent judging organization. Click HERE to learn about the "Piggyback" program.
Application Procedure The online application procedure is very simple, yet care must be taken to make sure applications are COMPLETE. Incomplete applications that do not contain required supporting transcripts will not be considered for scholarships. Only electronic applications are accepted via our Website. (The online application process opens in January of each year and a link will be posted on this page.)
SAT Designated Institution (DI) Code
7874 - Kentucky Grocers Education Foundation
If you have any difficulties with your online application, please call the KGEF office at 502-696-9153.
Selection of Winners An impartial judging agency will select the scholarship recipients. In selecting the recipients, the judging agency evaluates the applicants' academic records, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities and recommendations. Financial need is considered through an analysis of a family's financial circumstances. Parents or guardians of all applicants are asked to submit financial statements to the judging agency who will consider financial implications. All applicants are notified of the results of the competition by mid May.
Eligible Expenses Tuition, fees, books, and room and board for students are eligible expenses.
Payment of Scholarship Funds Scholarship payments are made in the following way. On or about August 1, scholarship recipients are sent checks for the fall academic term. Checks are made payable to the colleges. For colleges on the semester system, the checks are for one half of the award. For colleges on the quarter system, the checks are for one third of the award.
The second check is sent during the first week of December.
Responsibilities of Recipients Scholarship recipients must enroll as full-time college students in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded and continue in school for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency, or military service. Failure to remain enrolled in a school results in forteiture of any remaining scholarship balance. Use of any remaining unused scholarship funds for transfers to other schools is permitted.
Only COMPLETED applications will be accepted and forwarded to the judging agency.
Scholarship recipients are responsible for making certain that their scholarship checks are delivered to their colleges.
Program Administration To assure complete impartiality in the selection of winners and to preserve the confidentiality of the parents' financial circumstances, the program is administered by a firm that specializes in the administration of scholarship programs.
Kentucky Grocers Association (KGA)/Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores (KACS)
512 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601, Phone: 502-696-9153, Fax: 502-875-1595