The Kentucky TESOL scholarship stems from the organization which looks to help the immigrant population in Kentucky. While the relative small community is compared to other states, the community still remains an influential and growing part of the economy and workforce. A third of all immigrants here hold a college degree, according to the American Immigration Council, and they comprise about 25 percent of the workforce in the state’s fishing, farming, and forestry industries.
The growth of this population has created a demand for ESL teachers within the last 15 years. The Kentucky TESOL scholarship is looking for students for the 2022-2023 school year. This is where the the U.S. Department of Education reported shortages of ESL teachers at all grade levels (PreK-12) in the Kentuckiana Works (includes Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties) and Bluegrass (includes Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Scott, and Woodford counties) regions.
Because of this shortage, more ESL teachers are needed and students who are looking to become a educator would be excellent for this role.
The state of Kentucky is expanding and constantly looking for more and more educators to be at the forefront. Since Kentucky is starting to climb up the education ladder as more and more immigrant families move to the state, it is with reason that more educators are needed.
Not only does this bring more stability but this brings diversity which is needed within the state. Along with helping to progressively push the education system towards a higher degree instead of being within the lower portion like the state has been within the last 15 year or so. This association is a huge swift and moving program that is showing the world how education improves the lives of everyone, no matter where they are from.
Applicants should check out the other scholarships that are available from the TESOL website that is provided as a link on this page. And continue to move forward with the greater good when it comes to education for students and adults alike.
- Must be a student that has a separate native language that is not English
- The minimum grade point average a student can have is 2.5.
- Must be a student from a Kentucky high school that will be a graduating senior in 2022.
- The applicant must have already received their enrollment acceptance letter to a 4-year university. Two-year universities are also allowed.
- The applicant must demonstrate that they come from a low income family.
- Must be studying to become an educator.
- Both male and female students are welcome to apply.
- If students have a prior criminal record offense they cannot apply and if they do, their application will be tossed.
- It is implied that students who have previous experience in leadership programs would be a major priority if they ended up applying for this scholarship application.
Applicants that have shown teacher leadership skills before would be highly recommended for this scholarship application. They may even be asked to provide for additional documents if they have taught a summer class before.
While this scholarship is not specific on whether individuals who are not a United State citizen can apply or not is stated. It is stated that since this is for communities who are not native to the United States, someone that has previously lived in South America but moved to the United States can apply. As far as it is stated they do not have to be a United States citizen, only that they now live in the state. So if an individual is on a grant for education but is from another country they can still apply. Since the ESL is looking for educators there may be a few rules that applicants can skip, but they should contact the e-mail to ask more questions.
How to Apply
Students have a choice of sending in their application form either through the post or via e-mail. If a student wishes to send their application in through the mail they should use this address:
Guidance Counselor (ret.)
115 South Miles Street
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
If a student wishes to send in their application through e-mail they should use the e-mail that is listed in the contact section.
Students also will have to fill out a portion of the application that is available on PDF or Microsoft Word that consists of:
Explaining an individual applicant’s experiences that they have overcome, their family, about themselves, leadership roles, community projects, and academic as well as personal goals.
Always, always fill out the entire application form and nothing should be left blank for any reason. If a section is left blank the application form will be seen as incomplete and possibly revoked.
This application cannot be revisited and edited after submission.
Reward – Extra Benefits
The reward is $1,500 USD which will go towards paying off the program class that the students will be a part of when they win this award.
Also, the students who are chosen as a recipient must be fluent in a separate language away from English. Any languages are accepted.
The official deadline date for this scholarship application is March 16, 2022. However, applicants (if they send their application forms through the post) can have their application postmarked before April 15, 2022, and those applications will be accepted.
All students should double check and either consult the FAQ’s section on the website link provided on this page, or contact via the contact section.
Students will receive a notification that they have become the recipient on May 15, 2022.
Open Submission Window Time Frame
Students have an open submission window time frame from January 2022 till April 15, 2022 but only if they follow instructions.
All applicants should check the guidelines to see if they are following them correctly.
This is an annual scholarship that occurs every year around the same time.
As always students should check beforehand when it comes to questions they may have, if that question has not been answered here. Then that student needs to contact the e-mail given in the contact section.