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How to Apply

Robinson Leaders Selection

To be considered for inclusion into the Robinson Leaders Program:

  • You must be a first-generation college bound student. Your parents or legal guardians cannot hold four-year college degrees at the time of acceptance into the pool.
  • You must be a resident of one of our 29 service area counties in eastern Kentucky.
  • Applicants will be selected based on factors such as enrollment in the pre-college curriculum, academic achievement, participation in community service, extracurricular activities, personal enrichment, and need for financial aid.

Application information

This is an online application. You will need to complete the entire application at one time because the survey will not allow you to start and resume at a later time. Paper applications will also be provided to high school guidance counselors.

You will need the following information to complete the online application.

  • A parent or legal guardian must verify that your information is correct
  • Your household income information for 2012 included in your tax returns.
  • Information about current and past curriculum
  • Basic biographical information about applicant and parents/guardian
  • One essay of 300 to 500 words on the following topic: Discuss the value of community service and how you would lend your talent to solving a problem in your community. Give details about specific things you can do, what resources you could use in your community to make positive changes, and why this is an important issue for you.
  • You will need at least one valid email address. For this application, we advise that you do not use a Hotmail account as your primary source of email contact. The University of Kentucky email server has experienced difficulty in sending emails to "" accounts. We have not experienced this problem with other email accounts.
  • We have endeavored to provide a complete list of high schools in the service region. If your high school is not listed in the menu selection, please select "Other."
  • Copy of current high school transcript
  • Copies all standardized test scores, such as Plan, Achieve, ACT, PSAT, etc.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

To access the online application click here. The deadline for the Robinson Leader Applicaton has been extended to February 14th, 2014.

Submit all paper applications and supporting paper documention to:
Jessica Watkins
Robinson Scholars Program
130 Robinson Road
Jackson, KY 41339

If you are having technical difficulties, please contact Jeff Spradling, Director, at 859-257-5230, or via email at


Having the great opportunity of being selected as a Robinson Scholar has completely changed my life and brightened my future. Without this program my dreams of becoming a college graduate would be nearly impossible. Being a part of this incredible family has allowed me to grow in so many ways as a person and student. The continuous support I receive from this program gives me the strength and confidence to conquer any of life's obstacles. The Robinson Scholars Program has been the best opportunity in my life.

Shane allen
Clay County Scholar
class 11
khp major