Kentucky College Coaches

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Kentucky College Coaches Program

Kentucky College Coaches is a statewide AmeriCorps program that places mentors in both secondary and post-secondary schools to support college access and student success. The mentees are typically students who

  1. will likely get through high school, but who are unlikely to go to college;
  2. who would be first-generation college attendees; and/or
  3. who are from low-income families

These AmeriCorps service members are tasked with acting as coaches to selected students, helping them be successful in all aspects of their school career. At the high school level, the student participants are encouraged to think about, apply for and achieve acceptance to college or some sort of post-secondary option. This involves doing whole-school activities as well as one-on-one mentoring with core students from each grade level (9th-12th grade). At the college level, the near-peer mentors will help the students engage in the school environment, experience academic success, and graduate with their chosen post-secondary degree or certificate of completion.

  • Health and child care eligibility for full-time members
  • Education award of $3,047.50 upon fulfillment of contract 
  • Federal student loan forbearance eligibility
  • Professional development opportunities including:
      • college access and success skills
      • workplace, career and cultural competency development
      • financial aid literacy and resources
      • health and wellness

Kentucky College Coaches are tasked with assisting high school students to think, apply for, and get accepted to college. This will involve doing whole-school activities, as well as one-on-one mentoring with core students from each grade level (9th-12th grade) designated by the member’s school-site supervisor.

Kentucky College Coaches Application

    1. Complete the required screening survey here 
    2. Apply to AmeriCorps Kentucky College Coaches
    3. Click here for assistance on submitting your AmeriCorps application

National Service Award

Emily Bowman- Corbin/Knox County

“Emily Bowman serves as the AmeriCorps Kentucky College Coach at Lynn Camp High School. This marks her third school year serving in this role. AmeriCorps Kentucky College Coaches focus on mentoring high school students who might not envision themselves going to college, first-generation college students, and/or populations with low rates of college enrollment. Coaches are placed in high schools around Kentucky that have been identified as needing assistance based
on their low college-going rate, high poverty rate, and for being underserved by other community-based services. Coaches mentor students through difficult situations, encouraging the pursuit of post-secondary education opportunities. In fulfilling this mission, coaches help with career exploration, college essays, admission applications, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops, campus tours, and even financial literacy activities.

One of Ms. Bowman’s proudest accomplishments is that she knows the name of every senior at Lynn Camp High School, his or her career interest, and college options. This commitment has certainly paid off throughout her time as a Kentucky College Coach. As a direct result of her efforts, Ms. Bowman’s core students have amassed well over $200,000 in merit-based aid. This amount is not counting the need-based aid she has helped her students obtain through the FAFSA. Each year, the FAFSA application period opens on October 1. By the end of October, all of Ms. Bowman’s core seniors had completed both a college admissions application and the FAFSA. When acknowledging her success with
core students, she simply said that she will not rest until every senior at Lynn Camp High School has completed these goals. Lynn Camp High School’s administration is so confident in Ms. Bowman’s abilities with students, that she independently takes the lead with all scholarship-related questions. In addition to partnering with outside education to provide classroom workshops, she individually meets with an average of 15-20 students per day. Ms. Bowman has also played a pivotal role in helping students experience college campuses. Throughout her service, Ms. Bowman attended and organized trips to 21 college campus visits, three regional college fairs, and five regional career fairs for a total of 756 students.”

Photo of Kody RuarkKody Ruark- Carlise/Nicholas County

“Kody Ruark serves as the AmeriCorps Kentucky College Coach at Nicholas County High School. This marks his third school year serving in this role. AmeriCorps Kentucky College Coaches focus on mentoring high school students who might not envision themselves going to college, first-generation college students, and/or populations with low rates of college enrollment. Coaches are placed in high schools around Kentucky that have been identified as needing assistance based on their low college-going rate, high poverty rate and being underserved by other community-based services. Coaches mentor students through difficult situations, encouraging the pursuit of post-secondary education opportunities. In fulfilling this mission, coaches help with career exploration, college essays, admission applications, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops, campus tours, and even financial literacy activities.”

National Service Recognition Day 2019

The Kentucky Colleges Coaches AmeriCorps Program (KCC), implemented for the first time in the 2010-2011 school year, is administered by the Kentucky Campus Compact in partnership with Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (NKURF), fiscal agent for the grant. Partners and intermediaries with KCC are Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and independently sponsored school districts.

  • Adair Co HS
  • Anderson Co HS
  • Bell Co ATC
  • Boyd Co HS
  • Boyle Co Danville HS
  • Breckinridge Co HS
  • North Bullitt HS
  • Calloway Co HS
  • Campbell Co Newport HS
  • West Carter HS
  • Casey Co HS
  • Christian Co HS
  • Edmonson Co HS
  • Fayette Co Tates Creek HS
  • Fleming Co HS
  • Floyd Central HS
  • Gallatin Co HS
  • Grant Co HS
  • Greenup Co HS
  • North Hardin HS
  • Hart Co Caverna HS
  • Jefferson Co Southern HS
  • Jefferson Co Valley HS
  • Kenton Co Holmes HS
  • Knox Co Lynn Camp HS
  • LaRue Co HS
  • Marion Co HS
  • McCracken Co HS
  • McCreary Central HS
  • Meade Co HS
  • Muhlenberg Co HS
  • Nicholas Co HS
  • Ohio Co HS
  • Pike Co Belfry HS
  • Powell Co HS
  • Union Co HS
  • Warren East HS
  • Whitley Co HS

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Director of Student Success Meg Stephenson

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