CFL Offers Over $1.3 Million in College Scholarships for 2018-19

The Community Foundation of Louisville has over $1.3 million in college scholarships available for the 2018-19 academic year from nearly 100 scholarship funds. The Community Foundation began accepting applications on December 15, 2017, with most due by March 15, 2018. Individual awards will range from $500-$10,000. Since 2000, the Community Foundation and its affiliate community foundations have awarded scholarships totaling more than $14 million to students across Kentucky.

The Community Foundation’s online system uses applicants’ general information to “auto-match” them to potential scholarship options. The applicant then answers a few additional questions to apply for the matched scholarship opportunities.  There are scholarship opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students.

Janine Hogan, who was a recipient of the Kute Family Scholarship, is grateful to be a recipient and is excited about graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in December of 2017. She student taught at Atkinson Academy in both a fourth and first grade classroom.

“Overall, my experiences were amazing,” said Hogan, who earned perfect scores from her mentor teachers at the school and earned a full-time position at the school as a Preferred Substitute Teacher until a teaching position opens in May.

While Hogan is closing in on her graduation date, others like Alyssa Durbin are just getting started. Durbin was the recipient of the William J. Kircher Memorial Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

“Without my scholarships I would not be able to be here,” said Durbin, who is attending Bellarmine University. “I truly appreciate the Foundation’s support as well as the support of the William J. Kircher Scholarship Fund.”

“We like to say that the Community Foundation is a force for good. These scholarships are a perfect example of our efforts to help others achieve their potential,” said Susan Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “Janine and Alyssa are just the types of student these scholarships are intended to help.”

The Community Foundation scholarship program’s diverse range of educational opportunities include:

  • 15,000 Degrees Scholarship: This fund is part of an initiative to actively engage and mobilize Louisville’s African-American community in support of 55,000 Degrees – scholarships are awarded to high school graduates, current college students and those have earned college credits and are seeking to return to complete their degree.
  • Brian Jennemann Memorial Scholarship: Created in memory of an emergency medical technician (EMT) with Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, this award goes to individuals who have been accepted into a certified paramedic training program.
  • HL Lyons III Memorial Scholarship: This fund provides assistance to help defray expenses for vocational and/or technical post-secondary educational courses or other training that would help the recipient attain, sustain or expand their employability by learning new technical skills or trades.
  • Darcy Blair Memorial Scholarship: Created in memory of a physician, this award helps females pursue interests in addition to their formal education, such as extracurricular or life experience activities, travel or studying a foreign language.
  • Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl A. Warns, Jr. Scholarship: This scholarship was established by Dr. Marian Kincaid Warns to help defray the law school expenses of students currently enrolled at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville that have completed at least one year of full-time coursework.
  • Women’s Second Chance Scholarship Fund: This fund was established by Ruth Ann Tillman to provide assistance, through financial grants and mentoring, to women age 25 to 40 years who have the determination and discipline to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

For a complete list of available scholarship opportunities and to create an account and begin an application, visit  For more information, contact Emory Williamson at 502.855.6989 or [email protected].

A scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville can be established with a minimum gift of $25,000. Donors can create their funds in memory of a loved one, to support educational opportunities in general, or to fund awards for a specific educational institution or a course of study. For more information on establishing a scholarship fund, contact Kate Biagi-Rickert, Director of Stewardship, at 502.855.6942 or [email protected].