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Early College Academy

Kathi Fletcher


Mrs. Kathi B. Fletcher serves as the Counselor for the Pike County Schools Early College Academy.  Mrs. Fletcher has 36 1/2 years experience in education with 29 of those years in counseling high school students.  For additional information, Mrs. Fletcher can be reached at Big Sandy Community and Technical College at 606-218-1247 or by email:  

Enrollment in the Pike County Schools Early College Academy is open to all students enrolled in one of the five high schools in the Pike County School District (Belfry, East Ridge, Phelps, Pike County Central, and Shelby Valley High Schools).  Acceptance to the academy is a competitive process.  The selection committee looks at GPA, ACT, attendance, extra curricular activities, community service, and honors and awards.  

Students apply for ECA during the spring semester of their SOPHOMORE year of high school.  Upon acceptance, students attend classes at Big Sandy Community and Technical College's Pikeville Campus during their junior and senior years of high school in order to earn an Associate Degree in Arts, an Associate Degree in Science, or both.  Students graduate from Big Sandy Community and Technical College with at least 60 college hours, totally free of charge.  Classes meet on Mondays through Thursdays.  Students attend their respective high schools in the mornings before college classes begin, at the end of the school day, and on Fridays (depending on high school and college schedule).  Students will remain enrolled at their high schools and may participate in extracurricular activities at their high schools.  Transportation can be provided. Students' tuition, cost of textbooks, and use of Mac Book is provided free of charge.  Breakfast and lunch are prepared by Pike County Central High School lunchroom staff and brought to the college by School Food Service staff.  

Dates to Remember


Morehead State University - Honors Program deadline  December 15.  Regular Scholarship application deadline March 15.  Visit for more information and applications.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College -   Scholarship deadline April 1.  Visit for more information.

University of Kentucky - Scholarship deadline January 15.  Admission deadline February 15. Visit

Eastern Kentucky University - Scholarship application deadline February 15.  Visit for applications.

University of Louisville - Scholarship application deadline January 15. Visit for more information.

University of Pikeville - Scholarship deadline February 15. Visit for more information

Georgetown College - Scholarship deadline February 1.  Admission deadline February 15. Visit for more information.

Transylvania University - Scholarship and admission priority deadline December 1. Regular admission deadline February 1. Visit for more information.
Alice Lloyd College -   Application and FAFSA should be completed by February 15. Visit for more information.

Berea College - Priority and early review deadline November 30. Visit for more information.


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Wendy's High School Heisman Award - - October 2 deadline.  Student must participate in at least 1 sport.

AES Engineering Solutions - - October 8 deadline.

Global Lift Equipment $500 Scholarship - - October 25 deadline.  2.5 or higher GPA required.

Coca-Cola Scholarship -  - October 31 deadline.

Sun Trust Off to College Scholarship - -October 31 deadline.

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship - - October 25 deadline.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program - - Application is open  September through November.

Target All-Around Scholarship - - November 1 deadline.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education $5000 college scholarship essay contest.  Enter online at  November 1 deadline.

The Kentucky Ready Mixed Concrete Association Essay Contest $2000 Scholarship. - November 30 deadline. See counselor or English teacher for an application

Sixt Rent-A-Car Scholarship -   November 30th deadline.

All 'A' Classic Scholarship Foundation - - December 1 deadline.

SAE Engineering Scholarship - - December 1 deadline.

UPS James Casey and George Smith Scholarship - must be the child of a UPS employee.  For applications call 1-800-505-5626. December 1 deadline.

Burger King Scholars Program - -December 15 deadline.

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship - - December 15 deadline.

The Kentucky Association of School Business Officials (KASBO) Scholarship - must plan on majoring in business or education. Apply at http: December 16 deadline.

Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship $500 - - Must have completed at least 50 hours of volunteer work over the last 12 months and have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

Great Clips Inc Scholarship - - December 31 and June 30 deadlines. Scholarship - - December 31 deadline.

ACT Student Champion Award $500 - - December 31 deadline

Dell Scholarship Program - - January 15 deadline.

United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship - Applications available at www.usjcisenate.oeg - January 20 deadline.

Walmart Associate Scholarship - - January 20 deadline

Sam Walton Community Scholarship -  (access code swcs). January 20 deadline.

Walmart Foundation Scholarship - - January 20 deadline.  Parent must be a Walmart employee.

Pizza Scholarship - - January 31 deadline

Alpha Natural Resources Scholarship - January 31 deadline.  Applications available in the counselor's office.  Any questions about this scholarship should go to

Happy New Year Scholarship - $1,000-January 31 deadline.  Visit

2017 Scholarship Points Award - $10,000 - January 31 deadline.  Visit

VIP Scholarship - $5,000 - January 31 deadline.  Visit

Spread Positivity in Your Community Scholarship - $3,000 - Deadline January 31. 

Conquer Your Resolution Scholarship - $1,000-Deadline January 30

You Deserve it Scholarship - $1,000 - Deadline January 29

ESA Foundation Scholarship - February 1 deadline - applications available at

Whayne Supply/CAT "Think Big" Dealer Technician Training Program Scholarship  applications available at - February 1 deadline

American Cancer Society Mid-South Division Scholarship - February 1 deadline. 

American Cancer Society Scholarship - - February 1 deadline.

The Mercedes-Benz USA Scholarship Program - - February 10 deadline.

Stanley Pigman Scholarship - UK College of Engineering -  February 10 deadline.

Horace Mann Scholarship - - February  12 deadline.

Commitment to Agriculture Scholarship - or February 15 deadline.

Best BuyScholarship - - February 15 deadline.

Pauline C Young Scholarship - - February 15 deadline.

Best Buy Childrens  -   February 15 deadline.

KFC Colonel's Scholars - - February 16 deadline.

American Legion - - February 15 deadline.  Must be the child of an active duty military or guard & reserve personnel who died on active duty on or after 0/11/01.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Scholarship - - February 28 deadline.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program - visit for more information - February 28 deadline


WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship - - February 28 deadline.  All family members must be Woodmen Life members.

McDonalds National Employee Scholarship - - March 1 deadline.  Must be a McDonalds employee.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Civil Engneering Scholarship -  - Student must pursue a degree in civil engineering at Big Sandy,  UK, U of L, KSU, or WKU or any KCTCS school.  March 1 deadline.

Fergus Hanson Memorial Scholarship - - March 10 deadline.  For students pursuing health related careers.

AB "Happy" Chandler Scholarship - - March 1 deadline.

US Bank Scholarship Award - - March deadline.

The Tolliver Annual Nursing Scholarship - Must pursue a degree in nursing from a Ky college or university. - March 15 deadline.

Appalachian Wireless Scholarship - - March 24 deadline

Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship - - March 15 deadline.

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration,and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Donald T MacClelan Scholarship - - March deadline.

Commonwealth Credit Union Reach for the Stars Scholarship - - March 24 deadline.

Peter Pasula Study Habits Scholarship $500 - - April 1 deadline

The Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship - April 4 deadline. Must be the child of a highway worker killed or permanently disabled on the job.

PeopleSmart Scholarship Contest $2500 - essay contest related to privacy education and online social networking - - April 30 deadline.

CPOF Dave Romay Scholarship Program - - Must be related to a personwho is actively working in or retired from the corrections program.

Shannon O' Daniel Memorial Scholarship - - May 1 deadline.  Must be a student with epilepsy.

Fifth Third Bank Scholarship - - May 3 deadline.

Maple Leaf Dentistry Scholarship $500 - - May 30 deadline- must have completed at least 100 hours of volunteer work over the last two years.

Divorce Matters Scholarship $2500 - - May 31 deadline - available to high school seniors and current college students who have either had parents go through a divorce or who have gone through a divorce themselves.

American Addiction Center's Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship - for those majoring in behavioral health, nursing, counseling, psychology, or social work- - selct the "about us" tab and "Academic Scolarships." May 31 deadline.

Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship $1000 - - must have been an athlete at the high school level. June 1 deadline.

Balanced Man Scholarship - University of Louisville -  July 1 deadline



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High school seniors considering attending college or vocational/technical school in the fall should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  as soon as possible beginning October 1 of their senior year.  You and one of your parents must also apply for a PIN (personal identificaton number) to electronically sign the FAFSA.

The FAFSA is the form students complete using the previous year's tax data  to determine if they qualify for federal or state grants and to apply for loans.  Work study, vocational rehabilitation, and many scholarships use your FAFSA information, too.  

Early Completion of the FAFSA maximizes chances of receiving aid! The best way to file the FAFSA is online at . A worksheet to guide you through the process and a list of documents you will need to refer to in order to complete the FAFSA can also be found on the FAFSA website.

Types of Financial Aid
* Grants:  Awards based on need that do not have to be repaid. (must file the FAFSA)
* Scholarships: Awards based on some kind of special achievement, either academic, athletic, or service.  These are merit based and do not need to be repaid.
* Work-Study: Part-time employment that lets a student earn money toward a college education either on or off campus. (must file the FAFSA)
* Student Loans: Money borrowed, either from a bank, the government or a school.  A student loan must be repaid.  However, low interest rates are available, and repayment doesn't start until you've either left school or graduated. (must file the FAFSA)
* Conversion Scholarships: Scholarships that require you to provide certain services for a period of time.  If you don't, you have to repay the money with interest.
* Military Benefits: Financial aid offered to individuals or their dependents who were, are, or will be in the US armed forces.

Your best source of financial aid information will be the financial aid office of the college you plan to attend.