Rotary Scholars History

For several years there has been an increased emphasis inside Rotary to try to reach the young people who wanted to attend college, but could not (or did not know how to) qualify for a Rotary loan. This is what led to the implementation of our current scholarship program. The feeling was that the scholarships helped, but still did not reach every student . . . thus the creation of the Rotary Scholars Program. By forming a Steering Committee and studying similar programs that exist in other American cities, the Hopkinsville Rotary Club was able to create a program that can reach every local student. Now all of our young people will have the opportunity to pursue their post-secondary dreams.

Who is eligible?

Regardless of a student’s county of residence, any student who graduates from Christian County High School, Hopkinsville High School, Heritage Christian Academy or University Heights Academy, and meets the stated requirements, will be eligible.

Additional eligibility criteria:

  1. While in high school, each student must enroll in and successfully complete a tuition-waived Orientation to College course at Hopkinsville Community College.
  2. The student must graduate with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  3. The student must achieve a cumulative high school attendance of 95% or above.
  4. The student must never have been expelled from high school.
  5. The student and their guardian must complete an application for federal financial aid.
  6. The student must enroll full-time at Hopkinsville Community College immediately after high school and maintain standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress as described by the U.S. Department of Education.


How did the Rotary Scholars Program begin, and what ultimately led to the Hopkinsville Rotary Club's decision to implement the initiative?
Why is the Rotary Scholars Program important to Hopkinsville Community College and to local students?
On an even larger scale, how is the Rotary Scholars Program relevant?
Is the Hopkinsville Rotary Club aware of any other initiative like the Rotary Scholars Programin Kentucky or the United States?
How does the Rotary Scholars Program fall in line with the Hopkinsville Rotary Club's mission and past initiative?
How will the Rotary Scholars Program affect the Hopkinsville Rotary Club's Student Loan Program?
Will the Hopkinsville Rotary Club be offering a similar initiative to that of the Rotary Scholars Program that can be used at other colleges and universities?
What is the amount of aid possible?
Is the award a scholarship or is there some connection as a loan?
What is the anticipated cost of the Rotary Scholars Program?
How does the Hopkinsville Rotary Club plan to cover the cost of the Rotary Scholars Program?
Will the Hopkinsville Rotary Club accept private donations for the Rotary Scholars Program, and should these donations be funneled through the annual Rotary Auction or given separately?

For more information on the Rotary Scholars Program:

Rachel Westerman
Manager of External Education Program
Hopkinsville Community College
P.O. Box 2100
Hopkinsville, KY 42241-2100
(270) 707-3809


To make a donation to the Rotary Scholars Program:

Hopkinsville Rotary Club Office
1202 S. Virginia St. / P.O. Box 199
Hopkinsville, KY 42241-0199
(P)  270-886-3034
(F)  270-886-3018