Eastern Kentucky new Colonel Commitment Scholarship Model to Improve Student Access to Education

Eastern Kentucky University has announced that for Fall 2021 it will have a new merit and need-based scholarship for Kentucky residents. A news release states that the scholarship will focus on successful student outcome and will continue to ensure EKU’s status as the 'school of Opportunity.

“The introduction of the Colonel Commitment, Madison County Promise, and restructured merit model will directly impact the accessibility of the transformative Eastern Experience for Kentucky students,” said EKU President Dr. David McFaddin in a press release. “These changes will ensure that more students receive aid and that the University is bridging the gap for our students with the most financial need.”

The new model will allow students to receive scholarships without a qualifying ACT score. According to a press release grade point averages ranging from 3.0 go 3.8 will qualify for merit based scholarships. The criteria and amounts are: $6,000 for 3.8 GPA, $4,000 for 3.3 to 3.7 GPA and $3,000 for 3.0 to 3.2 GPA. Also, with an ACT score of 28 or above and a 3.8 GPA the new model will provide up to $9,266. Also, any Madison County resident who has a 2.5 GPA and would like to attend EKU will receive the ‘Madison County Promise’ which guarantees a minimum $1,000 scholarship which can stack with other need-based or foundation scholarships.

Kentucky School for the Blind to host a virtual meeting Oct. 19

On Oct. 9 the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) Advisory Board will meet virtually during a session scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

According to a press release the KSB Advisory Board provides advice to the commissioner of education and KSB administration on how the school can best meet the specialized educational and cultural needs of KSB’s students.

During the meeting there will be 30 minutes set aside for public comments. Those who wish to address the board will have five minutes each and must sign up to speak before the meeting begins.

Thomas Wood-Tucker named Kentucky Department of Education’s first chief equity officer

On Oct. 14 Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass announced that Thomas Woods-Tucker would serve as the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) first chief equity officer and would lead the Office of Teaching and Learning as the departments next deputy commissioner.

“I am incredibly eager to begin this journey in Kentucky,” said Woods-Tucker in a press release. “This a responsibility that comes with a great deal of humility. There’s no better opportunity than to work with equity at the state level and to ensure that every student, regardless of his or her ethnicity, regardless of his or her zip code, is ensured an equitable education.”

According to a press release Woods-Tucker most recently served as the superintendent of Douglas County Schools in Colorado. He will join the KDE on Nov. 2.

"The Office of Teaching and Learning, in many ways, lies at the heart at KDE's mission to serve the Commonwealth's students," said Glass in a press release. "These talented professionals oversee the Kentucky Academic Standards, offer engaging professional learning opportunities for our educators and promote practices designed to support the whole child."

At the same time, Glass said, in a press release, "this is a pivotal time for education in the Commonwealth, with the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) unanimously adopting a resolution affirming its commitment to racial equity."

"Now is the time to fulfill that promise," he said in a press release. "Having Dr. Woods-Tucker lead our Office of Teaching and Learning and serve as our first chief equity officer really go hand-in-hand with the work we are trying to do at the department to improve the educational journey for each and every student in the commonwealth."

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