Appalachian Health Career Scholarships

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 2018-2019 academic year scholarship application is now available. Applications must be postmarked by 4/23/2018 to the address on the application form.

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


Professional Development Organizations in CED:

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP)
NACDEP is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.  Visit their website:

Community Development Society International (CDS)
The Community Development Society provides leadership to professionals and citizens across the spectrum of community development. Members have multiple opportunities to learn what's new in the profession, to exchange ideas, to obtain the most current research and reference information available and to share professional expertise.  Visit their website: