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Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship

What is the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS)?

The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship helps Kentuckians who have not yet earned an associate's degree reduce the cost of an industry-recognized certificate in specific sectors of the workforce. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the sectors are healthcare, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction. Scholarship recipients are required to earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average for each academic term they receive WRKS assistance. WRKS can provide significant* tuition assistance at WKU! For more information about the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, visit KHEAA'S website.


Who is eligible for WRKS?

The student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a Kentucky resident
  • Be a high school or GED graduate
  • Have not earned an associate's or higher degree
  • Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an eligible postsecondary institution in an approved program of study that leads to an industry recognized certificate or credential in a high-demand workforce sector.
    • Qualifying areas for the 2017-2018 year are health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation/logistics, business services/IT, and construction
  • Not be in default on any obligation to KHEAA


What undergraduate certificate can I earn at WKU with WRKS?

Here's a list of all the eligible programs offered at WKU. You can click on the name of each program to learn more about it.

Please note, the awards expire when the first of the following conditions are met:

  • Receipt of scholarship funding for the equivalent of four academic terms;
  • Receipt of the scholarship for 32 credit hours of enrollment; or
  • Receipt of a first associate's degree
Program of Study Degree/Credential
Advanced Professionalism  Certificate
Applied Data Analytics  Certificate
Data Analysis using SAS  Certificate
Financial Planning  Certificate
Health Education and Promotion Certificate
Health Informatics Certificate
Land Surveying Certificate
Long-term Care Administration Certificate
Occupational Safety and Health Certificate
Organizational Leadership Certificate
Public Health Certificate
Worksite Health Promotion Certificate


If I want to continue on to a bachelor's degree after earning my certificate, will these credits count?

Yes! Your credits may count towards your general education or elective credits. Be sure to talk to your WKU advisor for more detailed information. 

For more information about WRKS and to fill out the application, go to KHEAA'S website.

*For exact benefit amounts, please refer to the WRKS website.


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 Last Modified 8/26/20