LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2019) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) recently opened scholarship applications for fall 2020 freshmen. Over the past four years, the college has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to its students.
“We have one of the best scholarship programs at the university,” said Carmen Agouridis, UK CAFE associate dean for instruction. “We owe it all to our alumni and community partners. Every year, their generosity means hundreds of students can focus more on their academics and worry less about their finances.”
For the 2019-2020 scholarship cycle, CAFE had a 45% increase in the total number of first-year student awardees. These awards are based on several criteria including anticipated degree program, high school club involvement, hometown, career goals and more. Applicants must also submit an essay describing a personal passion.
“It can’t be said enough; a thoughtful, well-written essay is key,” said Deb Ramey, UK CAFE scholarship manager. “While GPA and involvement are important, our scholarship reviewers give student essays much consideration. I have seen team captains and honor-roll students miss out on scholarship opportunities because they did not spend time on their essay. The same is true for most scholarship programs.”
In addition to the CAFE scholarship, fall 2020 freshmen may be eligible for a variety of automatic and competitive scholarships from UK. Though separate applications, both are due by Dec.1.
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