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Bullitt students earn over $11.8 million in college scholarships, KEES money

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 Kentucky colleges and universities across America are willing to invest major bucks in the Class of 2013 from Bullitt County Public Schools.

In addition to these monies, there is also the added incentive of funds through the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) meaning seniors who made the most out of their high school experience by studying hard and making good grades have even more money already set aside for post-secondary education.

The current amount of scholarship money awarded to 2013 graduating seniors from Bullitt Central, Bullitt East and North Bullitt High Schools is $11,141,990. Factor in an estimated $742,832 in KEES for a grand total of $11,884,822.

A comprehensive list of 2012-2013 scholarship recipients is available on the Bullitt County Public Schools website at: http://www.bullittschools.org/wp/departments/student-learning/data-asses...

“Academic and athletic scholarships provide tremendous resources for students who work hard and are informed of the opportunities,” according to Bullitt County Public Schools Superintendent Keith Davis. “It is one important measure of the sucess of school guidance programs and overall leadership; our high schools essentially helped students bring over $11 million in income to Bullitt County families. I am very proud of the hard work of our students who went after these scholarships.”

District Director of Data, Assessment and Research Jan Stone said efforts by staff at all grade levels to encourage students to consider their future is evident in the $2 million increase in scholarship and KEES from 2012.

“The district has placed a strong emphasis on college and career readiness this year and these totals are certainly reflective of that,” she said. “Students are working hard knowing their grades will mean additional funds for college plus staff offer constant reminders of scholarship opportunities.”

Bullitt Central scholarships: $3,691,680 + $235,288 in KEES = $3,926,968

Bullitt Central increased over $100,000 in scholarships and KEES money from $3.6 in 2012. Part of that success is due to a pilot program of Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson called Close the Deal.

Senior Counselor Shannon Sellinger said the school was one of three in Kentucky chosen to increase the number of students applying to college. Abramson was present in October to speak to students.

“It was a big event where we had 30 representatives from various colleges, financial institutions, and local business people to speak to the students about admissions, financial aid, and college life,” Sellinger said.

“Through the year the staff worked hard to reach every senior and try to get them to apply to college,” she added. “We ended up with 90% applying. We also had several events for help with financial aid. We had 60% of our students fill out the FAFSA which was the biggest jump in the state.”

Bullitt East scholarships: $5,722,498 + 319,000 in KEES = $6,041,498

The Charger Nation posted a significant increase over 2012’s scholarships and KEES money total of $3.3 million.

Bullitt East Senior Counselor Crystal Barr said the Class of 2013 is a, “particularly gifted group of seniors, both academically and athletically.”

“We have more seniors going to private colleges next year than ever before, and they received large scholarships from those institutions,” she said. “We also have more seniors in this class that have signed to play sports at the next level than we ever have in the history of Bullitt East High School. Several of those seniors received full rides to those universities.”

North Bullitt scholarships: $1,727,812 + $188,544 in KEES = $1,916,356

“We post all scholarships on our counselor’s Facebook page, mention them to students when we see and/or meet with them and announce them as well,” said senior counselor Connie Hatfield.

KEES money, funded by the state lottery, begins at $125 a year for students with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. If the student maintains that GPA for four years, he or she will have built up $500 additional funds for college.

In addition, students who earn at least one yearly GPA award are eligible for an ACT bonus award. This is based on their highest ACT composite score attained prior to graduation.

The minimum scores for a bonus are 15 on the ACT and 710 on the SAT. Bonus awards range from $36 to $500.

Students at all high schools are encouraged to apply for scholarships but not all of them take advantage of the opportunity.

Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.