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Kentucky State Police seeks candidates; Academy Class 101 to include innovative training format

Law enforcement agencies around the country have worked to adapt to a changing environment in response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and civil unrest. The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is seeking individuals who want to make a difference by being responsive to the unique needs currently faced by our communities. KSP is calling for certified law enforcement officers who want to increase their...

Billy Reed: Dream worth pursuing is black athletes with good education, fully part of whole society

For as long as I can remember, and that’s longer than most, people in the sports world, including myself, have been proud of our history of integration. We point to the likes of Jesse Owens, the African-American star of the 1936 Olympics, held in Hitler’s Nazi Germany; Joe Louis, the heavyweight boxing champion in the 1930s and ‘40s; and Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in...

WKU football players, coaches adapting mentally and physically during off-campus spring workouts

Last Thursday afternoon was supposed to be Western Kentucky University’s eighth on-field spring football practice at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Instead, the Hilltoppers are scattered apart throughout the region and the country, staying home and staying safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as they have been for almost three weeks. On March 12 – five days prior to what was supposed to be the first day...

Sen. Harper Angel’s bill adding crisis intervention hotline information to student IDs passes Senate

A bill, sponsored by Senator Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, that would provide crisis intervention hotline information to public school and college students was approved by the Senate today. Senate Bill 42 requires hotline information for suicide prevention, sexual assault, and domestic violence on school-issued student identification badges for public schools, grades six through twelve; and all...

Free ‘Getting the Facts’ report from KHEAA will help Kentucky families with college search

Kentucky students and their families can get a free, personalized “Getting the Facts” report to help them choose the right college. The report is provided by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Getting the Facts” provides estimates of how much the family can expect to spend and how much financial aid the student may receive. Students can get estimates for up to six...

Kyians encouraged to make saving for for college a priority as May 29 college saving day approaches

With 529 College Savings Day approaching, Kentucky’s official education savings plan, KY Saves 529, in encouraging Kentucky families to talk about saving for education at all levels. “Saving for education is a high priority for many Kentucky families. With lowered fees and more features than ever, we’re thrilled to offer KY Saves 529 as an education savings option,” said Executive Director...

Quarles invites students to apply for summer of 2019 Kentucky Department of Agriculture internships

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites college students pursuing a career in agriculture or government to apply for positions in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s internship program for the summer of 2019. “A KDA internship provides opportunities for students to gain real-world work experience and possibly even enter a career in public service,” Quarles said. “Our interns in...

Kentucky by Heart: What makes your college that ‘special’ school? Kentuckians share their thoughts

Note: Following is the first of a two-part article about individuals sharing comments about their “special college” in Kentucky. It was always a given that I’d go to college after graduating from Campbell County High School back in 1971. The best I could tell, there were few in the Flairty or Fryer lineage who set forth on that path, so I guess I was a bit of a pioneer. Understandably, the particular...

College Week gives life to students' dreams at Booker T. Washington Primary Academy

Travaughn Paschal, a senior linebacker at UK, spoke to second graders at Booker T. Washington Primary Academy about his experiences in school. (Photo provided)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   During College Week at Booker T. Washington Primary Academy, youngsters learned about their teachers’ pursuit of a diploma, heard a UK football player stress the importance of academics,...

School districts join FAFSA-completion effort; aid could help qualifying kids afford college

  Nearly half of the school districts in Kentucky will participate in a new program to increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.   The FAFSA is a major step in going to college because it is the form used to apply for federal and state student aid programs. The more financial aid students receive, the more likely they are to attend...

The 16th District PTA is offering scholarships to seniors who are continuing their education

  By Tammy L. Lane Fayette County Public Schools     Members of the Class of 2015 in Fayette County Public Schools are invited to apply for the 16th District PTA scholarships, which help deserving young people continue their education.   The awards are based on financial need, academic achievement and contributions to the community through extracurricular activities. The minimum...

Kentucky Society of CPAs offers applications for Educational Foundation scholarships

  The Kentucky Society of CPAs is accepting applications for its Educational Foundation scholarships now through Feb. 9.   Students studying accounting at Kentucky-based colleges and universities are eligible to apply for the scholarships. For more information, criteria or an online application, click

Deadline fast approaching for freshmen interested in Robinson Leaders Program

  By Jeff Spradling UKNow     The Robinson Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky is currently accepting applications for its high school leadership program through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20.   To be eligible, applicants must be in the freshman year of high school, reside in one of the 29 Eastern Kentucky counties in the Robinson Scholars service area, and be first generation...

Filing for FAFSA early gives students better chance; given on first-come, first-served basis

  Kentucky students planning to attend an in-state college or university this fall should file the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible. Filing early increases a student’s chance of receiving a state need-based grant administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. The FAFSA is available here.   A student attending a college or university...