Gold Vault Lift Off Scholarship

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Our chapter has given out over $60,000 worth of scholarships. This year we are planning a great year and would like to invite your students to apply. We have had less than 100 applicants in the past, so this is a great opportunity for local students to earn scholarships for higher education.

This year, AFCEA Ft Knox Gold Vault Chapter will award one or more $1,000 scholarships to High School students planning to major in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline.

To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must be:

  • Earning a minimum overall unweighted GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).

  • A senior attending High School in the Louisville Combined Statistical Area which consists of:

    • Kentucky: Bullitt, Hardin, Henry, LaRue, Oldham, Nelson, Meade, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, or Jefferson County.

    • Indiana: Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Washington, or Jefferson County.

    • If you are unsure of your school's county, you may look it up using the zipcode of your school's address here: https://www.uscounties.com/zipcodes/search.pl

  • Planning to major in a course of study that will lead to Bachelors degree in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

  • A United States Citizen residing in the US

The following is a list of information you will need to fill out for the application so you may prepare for it.  You should have all the following information on hand when filling out the application form:

  • Your student ID number
  • High school name and address
  • School district name
  • College you plan to attend
  • STEM major.  Majors in Engineering, Biological / Biomedical Science, Mathematics / Statistics, Physical Sciences, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Systems, Computer Networking, Telecommunications Networking, Computer/Network/Cyber/Information System Security are always STEM. For other majors, you will need the CIP number from this list of STEM CIP numbers.
  • Academic and community service honors and awards.  List up to 10 Honors with year awarded. Greatest weight is given to STEM related academic honors. Greater weight is given to STEM related and academic honors.
  • Extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, and demonstrations of leadership, innovation or community service.  List up to 7 activities including start year and month and duration. Greater weight is given to academic and STEM related activities.
  • Work experience.  List up to 5 including start year and month and duration.  STEM and academic work experience is given greater weight.
  • Applicant’s personal statement.  In 1500 characters (approximately 200 - 300 words) discuss the factors and influences that led you to consider an academic major in the STEM sciences and your reasons for pursuing a career in this field.  This may be written using a word processor and copy-pasted into the application.
  • High school transcript URL to an official transcript credential service such as a Parchment transcript.  Otherwise an official certified transcript will need to be received by March 31.  Transcript must be complete for years 9-11.
  • ACT Score Report if composite ACT scores are not included on your high school transcript or your highest composite score is not reflected on the high school transcript.  This must be received by March 31.
  • 2-4 References received by March 31.  At least one reference must be a STEM teacher who has taught you.  Greater weight is given to STEM related and academic references.  The people giving the references will fill out an online form that will be available during the application window and will need the following information:
    • Your full name
    • Your school name and zip code
    • Last 2 digits of your student ID, or NA if your school does not use student IDs.  This is to match references with the applicants they are for.

It is acceptable and encouraged to request supporting documents and references before submitting the application. Doing so minimizes the risk that a required document or reference misses the application window. We will accept supporting documents or references that arrive before the application.  The window for accepting supporting documents is the same as the application: March 1 - March 31.

Click here to fill out the Lift Off! scholarship application form. You should have all of the above information on hand when filling out the form. You cannot save your progress while filling out the form. It must be filled and submitted in a single sitting.

Data Retention Statement: The scholarship is only open to United States citizens attending High School within the United States.  Any applications from non-United States citizens or originating from outside the United States do not qualify for the scholarship.  To comply with non US data retention requirements, applications from non US citizens or originating from outside the United States will be destroyed and no data will be retained on such applicants.