FRANKFORT, KY (KFVS) - Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed an Executive Order July 11 which expands the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) to include students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and associate of applied science degree.
Now the scholarship will be available for high school students for dual credit career and technical education (CTE) courses in pathways in Kentucky's top five high-demand sectors leading to industry-recognized certifications.
"We are excited to be expanding our innovative Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program to empower even more students and adults to pursue their dreams," said Gov. Bevin. "This program is equipping individuals of all ages for the high-demand careers that are available in the Commonwealth today. At the same time, it is strengthening our workforce and continuing to make Kentucky the ideal location for businesses to thrive and grow."
The scholarship, initially announced by Gov. Bevin in December 2016, provides financial aid for eligible Kentuckians who have not yet earned at least an associate's degree. Through the WRKS, eligible students can receive funding to study in any of the following high-demand fields of work including:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Business and IT
- Construction Trades
- Transportation and Logistics
The scholarship can also be used by adults without a high school diploma who wish to pursue their career certification or associate of applied science degree in tandem with obtaining a GED through the Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky program offered through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
You can learn more about the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship through helpwantedky.com, including eligibility requirements, participating colleges and universities, and certificates, diplomas and degrees available in each of the five industries.