High school students look to utilize dual credit scholarships from state

Your high school student could take college courses free of charge as part of new legislation signed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin this year. It gives scholarship money to high school juniors and seniors taking dual credit courses.

Students say it helps them get another leg up.

On her family farm, sunflowers are a family tradition. And growing up here, Carlisle County senior Allie O’Neill says she wants to learn more about one of her passions. “I’m just trying to get ahead and save money and all kinds of exciting things," she says. 

Throughout her high school years, Allie says she has focused on getting ahead in college by taking dual credit classes. When she graduates from high school, Allie says she’ll have enough college courses to be a college sophomore.

If students meet the qualifications, juniors could qualify for scholarships for one course, and seniors could qualify for two courses.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College Interim President Charles Chrestman says he’s seen several high school students get a jump start on college. “We know it works. We know they’re capable of doing that, and it gives them a head start, saves mom and dad," he says.

To make it more affordable, Chrestman hopes it will encourage even more students to start their college-level education. "Gives them a chance to find out that they’re quite capable of handling collegiate level course work," he says. 

Until school starts up, Allie says she’ll just worry about sunflowers.

Students still have time to register for dual credit courses. The deadline is this Friday, July 29. You can contact your school guidance counselor for more information. 

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