The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) at the University of Kentucky is administering scholarships where funding has been provided by the New York Community Trust, to Appalachian students seeking education in health or a health‐related field. Because of the shortage of health care providers in the Appalachian region, along with the expected retirement of many physicians and an aging population that demands more health care, the need to educate and then retain young health care professionals is a real priority. Scholarships are allocated for full‐time students with a maximum award of $2,500 per semester. Part‐time students are eligible to apply for partial scholarships. Students must be from an ARC defined Appalachian county to be eligible. Scholarship is for one year and cannot be renewed.

The 2020-2021 academic year scholarship application window has closed.

Update March 2020: Due to the unique challenges facing our nation at this moment, official transcripts are harder for applicants to provide. Unofficial transcripts (must be current and complete as of the date you submit your application) will be accepted. Letters of recommendation must be submitted via postal mail, but do not need to accompany your application. Letters sent separately also need to comply with the April 20th postmark deadline for your application to be considered.

Please, no calls or emails on the status of your application.  All applicants will be notified by mail once scholarships are awarded.

Frequently asked questions:

What is considered Appalachia?
We use the Appalachian Regional Commission's definition: https://www.arc.gov/appalachian_region/CountiesinAppalachia.asp

Is the scholarship limited to undergraduates, or can anyone pursuing post-secondary education (i.e. graduate studies, PhDs) apply?
We accept applications from students pursuing post-secondary education in a health field.