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Scholarship Program

Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) scholarships are available to college juniors, seniors and graduate students.  The EEC, through the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), sponsors this scholarship program. Scholarships will be awarded to students in academic disciplines that are of critical need to the cabinet.  The number of scholarships awarded depends on the availability of funds.

Scholarships cover the cost of in-state tuition, room, board, books and fees.  The amount of support is determined by the financial aid office at the respective university.  Students who accept the scholarship are obligated for employment with the EEC following graduation.


Applicants must be or become full-time students who, by their initial funded semester, will have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, or met the entrance requirements for graduate school.  Applicants must be enrolled in a public university in Kentucky.  Major course work must be in one of the areas listed in the scholarship announcement.


Scholarship recipients will be selected on a competitive basis.  A state university advisory board of the WRRI will review all applications and make their recommendations to the EEC.

Selection criteria includes: GPA, written essay, letters of recommendation by faculty advisors and evidence of leadership.  Upon receiving the recommendations of the WRRI, the EEC will invite selected candidates for a personal interview. After the interviews, the EEC will extend a scholarship/contract to those students that the cabinet thinks has the greatest promise as a future employee.


For the student to be awarded a scholarship they must agree, by contract, to work full time for the EEC immediately after graduation.  The term of the employment obligation is six months of employment for each semester of financial aid.

The EEC will provide summer employment for scholarship students if they are not in school.  Alternative work or study plans for the summer are to be presented by the scholarship student to the cabinet.


Students awarded a scholarship must maintain full-time student status, make normal progress toward the degree indicated and maintain a satisfactory GPA leading to graduation.  The scholarship is awarded each semester based on the above criteria and the availability of funds from the cabinet. If the student fails to meet the criteria, they may be dropped from the program.  They may reapply when such deficiencies are corrected.

Scholarship awards will be distributed by the financial aid office at your state university.  Out-of-state students will be supported at the in-state level.

If the student fails to meet the terms of the scholarship/contract, repayment will be made to the WRRI at an interest rate of 12 percent per annum.  In case of default, student records will be held until satisfactory repayment arrangements are made.

For additional information, contact:

    Water Resources Research Institute
    233 Mining and Mineral Resources Bldg.
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY  40506-0107
    Phone:  859-257-1299
    FAX:     859-323-1049

The completed application for the EEC scholarship is to be sent to WRRI on or before Feb. 15.

The EEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry or veteran's status.  The EEC provides, upon request, reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs and activities.