For more than 70 years, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's (KyTC) has paved the way for Kentucky youth to pursue an engineering career by offering two scholarship programs to help pay for tuition while providing employment. The opportunity worked well for Princeton native Mike Hancock.

KyTC will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-21 school year to prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees. Interested students must apply by the Feb. 1 deadline for scholarship consideration.

"Our scholarship program has a track record of producing future transportation leaders, like our newly appointed Deputy Secretary Mike Hancock," said KyTC Secretary Jim Gray. "Investing in a strong educational foundation and providing hands-on work experience for Kentucky students ultimately benefits citizens who rely on a talented workforce to keep transportation moving forward."

The Civil Engineering Scholarship is for students focusing on a four-year degree in engineering who attend the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University or Kentucky State University. It is awarded to 10-20 new students and can be worth up to $51,000.

The Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship was established in 2009 and partners with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Each scholarship student will receive $3,000 per semester to complete an Associate's Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from either of the KCTCS campuses in Lexington or Prestonsburg. The Cabinet will award up to 10 scholarships to students to attend either campus.

Both of these scholarships provide employment during the summer and job placement at KyTC after graduation. Scholarship recipients agree to work for KyTC for a year for every year they received the scholarship. Former scholarship recipients have held top management positions at KyTC including multiple state highway engineers, chief district engineers, and branch managers.

The application deadline for both scholarship programs is Feb. 1. Recipients will be notified in April.

For more information about these scholarships and other educational opportunities, visit transportation.ky.gov/Education.