Feb. 23, 2012
For Immediate Release
By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University is offering an expanded financial aid program, the KEES-Matching Scholarship, which will earn students, within a 50-mile radius, more money in the fall.
Local students can earn up to $1,500 per year with the KEES-Matching Scholarship, which is an increase from last year’s maximum amount of $1,000.
Students in Washington, Hart, Metcalfe, Nelson and Cumberland counties are now eligible for the matching money in addition to those in Taylor, Green, Adair, Marion, Casey, LaRue, Hardin, Russell and Pulaski counties.
Paula Caldwell, coordinator for undergraduate admissions, said Campbellsville University will match up to $1,500 of a student’s KEES money.
“The KEES-Matching Scholarship at Campbellsville University is a wonderful opportunity for the commuter-based market to earn additional money for college,” she said.
Caldwell said a large part of a student’s decision to attend college is often based on how much financial aid they will be receiving or if the college is affordable to them.
“CU’s increase of the KEES-Matching Scholarship and the addition of several counties will definitely benefit these students,” she said.
The scholarship is renewable, she said, and “It gives those eligible the opportunity to add up to $6,000 to their financial aid over four years.”
Caldwell said a student must meet the admission requirements to Campbellsville University of at least a 19 on the ACT or 1340 on the SAT.
“CU’s KEES-Matching Scholarship is a primary example of how we are adding value to state financial aid programs,” Chris Tolson, director of financial aid, said.
Tolson said CU has assisted 250 students during the current academic year with $250,000. She anticipates CU will assist about 300 students next year with nearly $350,000 in resources.
“Beginning with the 2006-2007 academic year, CU began providing matching scholarships KEES awards up to $1,000 for students from eight counties in our service area.
Tolson said the projection is that the added scholarship monies CU is giving local students will raise the number of students receiving this assistance to a minimum of 300 full-time undergraduate students from the 14-county region.
She said CU also provided more than $15 million during the 2011-12 academic year in CU institutional financial aid. She said the amount will increase in the 2012-13 academic year.
“I think the KEES-Matching Scholarship does show how we value KEES,” Tolson said.“We want to help students afford college any way we can.”
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.