Southeast Scholars

Our Program

The Southeast Scholars Program is a scholarship and mentoring program made possible through Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTCS) and the Rural Community College Initiative. The goal of the program is to assist students who may be at risk of not completing a college degree, thereby increasing the college-going rate and reducing the number of potential high school dropouts. The Southeast Scholars Program targets deserving youth in Harlan, Letcher, and Bell Counties. The program is designed to provide social, career, and academic enrichment activities to all participants. Students have the opportunity to participate in targeted workshops such as time management, study skills, and entrepreneurship, as well as leadership development and confidence building activities. Students also receive guidance and mentoring geared towards career and academic development.


Each Southeast Scholar will receive guaranteed books and tuition to Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College for up to three years. Eligibility is determined by successful high school graduation and meeting Southeast Scholars Program requirements.

Our Students

The target population is students who have the potential to succeed in higher education, but for various reasons may need additional resources and assistance in completing their high school degree as well as post secondary education.

Selection Process

Private and public schools may nominate students during their sixth grade year for the Southeast Scholars Program. Each school's professional staff has the opportunity to identify and recommend those students who meet the criteria of the program. A selection committee consisting of community members, college faculty, and staff will review all applications and make a final selection. Interviews may be included in this process.


Funding for the program will be conducted by the college through various fundraising activities.

Getting Results

The expected outcomes of the program include a high school dropout reduction rate, higher scholastic achievements, and expectations by students, teachers, and their parents. In addition, higher rates of post-secondary education enrollments and increased community involvement with youth will be a positive outcome.

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Brown
Program Coordinator
700 College Road
Cumberland KY 40823
(606) 589-3117

Read the Harlan Daily Enterprise article on the Southeast Scholars summer camp!

Revised SES Student Handbook 2014-2015

Southeast Scholars 2015-2016 Program Calendar

Program Application Southeast Scholars Application