The Kentucky School Plant Management Association (KSPMA) is offering to Kentucky high school seniors, GED graduates and school district employees desiring to further their skills from Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend a post-secondary program with a major in a trade area related to school plant operations or to take a class or classes, which would improve their work skills for possible job advancement. Applicants must select the proper form for the type of scholarship for which they are applying.
Application # 1 is for the graduating student enrolling in a two-year program at a post-secondary institution. A scholarship may be awarded for two successive years in the amount of $1,500 per year, maximum total scholarship amount of $3,000 over two years. Successful completion of classes is required for continuation of this scholarship from one semester to the next semester. This scholarship will be offered only to Kentucky residents. The scholarship funds for the winning recipients will be provided to the post-secondary institution upon notification of enrollment and/or continued semester success.
Application # 2 is for the Kentucky school district employee desiring to enroll for a class or classes through a post-secondary institution or trade school. A scholarship may be awarded for up to two years of classes over a two successive year period, with no scholarship payment per year exceeding $1,500, maximum total scholarship amount of $3,000 over two years. Successful completion of each class is required for continuation of this scholarship from one semester or class to the next semester or class and be in a trade area related to school plant operations. The scholarship funds for the winning recipient will be provided directly to the post-secondary institution or trade school upon notification of enrollment and/or continued semester success and shall not exceed $1,500.00 or the sum of the class tuition and any books, class or material kit fees, should it not exceed $1,500.00 per year.
Should the institution not be able to set-up an account for the cost of books and class materials, the applicant may request direct reimbursement from KSPMA, with that amount being deducted from scholarship award.
The jurisdiction for this Scholarship Program is contained in the KSPMA Bylaws, and follow:
ARTICLE XVII – SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Association shall promote post secondary education through a Scholarship Program in the various fields of study which make up the broad category of school plant management, with specific skills relating to maintenance, custodial and operation of physical plant. The program shall be available to high school or GED graduates and school employees desiring to further their skills.
The Board of Directors shall make a budget determination, annually, as to the extent of scholarship funding available. The financial awards shall be made directly to the post secondary educational institution. Recipient award(s) shall be paid on a semester basis, with proof of satisfactory success being provided, before the next semester is funded. Funding award is limited to a total of four semesters, with no more than two semesters per year.
The President shall appoint a Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.
The Scholarship Committee shall submit to the Board recommendations for the application, dates for submitter, eligibility, and size and length of award each year in accord with the established budget.
The Scholarship Committee with the assistance of the Regional Directors shall publicize the Scholarship Program.
The Scholarship Committee shall review and recommend to the Board a slate, containing proposed scholarship recipient(s), for approval by the Board.
The Executive Secretary shall correspond with recipient(s) and ensure financial award(s) are received by the intended post secondary institutions.
Additional definition of scholarship(s) shall include the funding of registration and/or lodging at the Annual Conference or other KSPMA sponsored seminar(s) provided to school district personnel, as awarded by the Board of Directors.
The KSPMA Board of Directors shall determine the number of Scholarship Awards. The award will be either a high school or GED graduating student (Application Form # 1) or a school district employee (Application Form # 2) per each region, however, the Board reserves the right to make multiple awards per region.