Scholarship Program

The Kloepfer Family Foundation Inc. Scholars Program is designed to encourage and support Leslie County public school students by providing scholarship resources in addition to other educational support aimed at increasing success in middle school, high school, college and beyond. Foundation staff will work closely with the Kloepfer Family Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, academic year tutoring, support for summer academic/enrichment programs, and resources for career exploration and mentorship opportunities.
The Kloepfer Family Foundation, Inc. Scholarship provides financial assistance and academic support for undergraduate study at the University of Kentucky. The scholarship value shall cover full tuition and fees, room and board, books for a total of 10 college semesters and is not to exceed $250,000 dollars.

Kloepfer Family Scholars should be a native of Leslie County. Applicants are required to supply birth certificate records for verification. To be eligible for the scholarship program, applicants must apply during the fall term of their 5th grade school year. Student applicants should possess a strong academic record (generally a GPA above 3.5 or mostly “A” grades), a high level of performance in reading, mathematics and science as reflected on student Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress  Report, Positive Attendance Report, and exemplary conduct.  Student should possess a strong will to succeed as well as participate in community and school related activities.




 To qualify for the Kloepfer Family Foundation Inc. Scholarship Program, a student must meet the following basic selection criteria:

  • Applicants must be a native of Leslie County, currently reside there and attend the Leslie County Public School System or Red Bird Mission.

  • Applicants must be enrolled as 5th grade students for the first time.

  • Applicants must be first generation college going students/parents may not have a bachelors degree and at least one parent must be a native of Leslie County.

  • Applicants must possess a strong academic record and a desire to attend college and earn a four year degree.

  • Applicants agree to apply to the University of Kentucky directly after high school if they are awarded the KFF scholarship.

  • Applicants must exhibit excellent character and sign an agreement to not commit a crime and to remain drug free.

  • Applicant must agree to apply for all financial aid (not loans) and other scholarships in a timely manner, if named a Kloepfer Scholar.


Students will apply during the fall of the year with the application deadline being set for December 31. Student applications are screened with 9-10 applicants being selected for interviews. The winning applicant is selected and notified during the month of April.  

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