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Robinson Scholars

Creating opportunities for eastern Kentucky’s first generation youth

The Robinson Scholars Program serves first generation high school and college students in 29 eastern Kentucky counties through innovative college enrichment programming for high school students and scholarship opportunities for those selected to be Robinson Scholars. Our mission is to empower our students to complete a baccalaureate degree at the University of Kentucky and provide pathways for them to contribute to their communities through active citizenship.

Our vision is for the University of Kentucky to be the national model for success in first generation programs. As one of the nation’s longest running programs of its kind, the Robinson Scholars Program serves as a foundation for first generation students to See Opportunity.

What it means to be a Robinson Scholar


Spencer to Join UK Football Team

Betsy Layne High School senior and Class 14 Robinson Scholar, Blake Spencer is set to join the University of Kentucky football program as a preferred walk-on. An All-State honoree, Spencer has...

The Citizens National Bank of Paintsville Supports RSP

The Citizens National Bank of Paintsville has been a long-term partner of the Robinson Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky, and the bank’s support of our Scholars has had a tremendous...

Robinson Scholars Learn the Basics at College Bootcamp

One of the primary missions of the Robinson Scholars Program is to ensure that all of its high school students are well prepared for college success. Indeed, it is the program’s foundation, and...