The Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Scholarship Application

The Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation’s charter is to provide scholarships and material support to women pursuing either their GED or Certification training (i.e. Technical Certification Training, Phlebotomist, Nursing Assistant, etc).

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be a woman desiring to better their life through education and job training.
  2. Scholarship applicants must currently be a resident of the state of Georgia and attending an approved educational institution in Athens- Clarke County Area or one of the following counties: Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Walton. Proof of residency is required.
  3. Applicants must be enrolled in a certification or 2 year program. We do not provide scholarships to 4 year degree programs.
  4. Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications will be evaluated based on the information provided; therefore, all questions should be answered as thoroughly as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  5. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation to be uploaded into the questionnaire. Each letter must include the name, address, email and phone number of the person providing the reference letter. Letters from family members will not be accepted.
  6. Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on a number of criteria: your goals, your plan for reaching your goals, as well as your plan to use your education to give back to your community.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation to make financial awards without regard to race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, marital status, national origin or disability.


Completing the Application:

  • I don’t have internet access at home. How can I complete the application?
    • You may access the online scholarship application on any computer connected to the internet. You may use a computer at your school, your public library, or a friend’s home. Remember that the application requires two letters of recommendation to be uploaded, so plan accordingly.
  • Will I need an e-mail address to complete the application?
    • Yes. If you do not have an e-mail address, you may obtain a free e-mail address using,, or, etc.
  • What if I need more space than is provided in the areas for my education, life, career goals, accomplishments and volunteer history?
    • If you have more information that you would like to share than will fit in the area provided, you may wish to include only the most recent experiences, or those that are most important to you.
  • Can I upload a resume instead of completing the application?
    • No. Fill in all of the questions. Do not send extra documents.
  • I completed the first question on scholarship application form but received a message to immediately submit. What does that mean?
    • If the response you provided in the online application shows you to be ineligible for an AHK Foundation scholarship, you will not be able to move forward with the application process. Review our eligibility guidelines listed above.
  • Will I be able to reapply if I am denied the first time around?
    • Yes, you may reapply for our scholarship.  Please be sure you are enrolled in a program and have all of your documents ready to upload once you start the application process.

Recommendation Letters:

  • Can I submit letters of recommendation from more than two references? 
    • No. The online application system will only allow you to enter two references. You will be required to upload their recommendations directly to the system
  • What format do the letters of recommendation need to be? 
    • Word document or PDF document is preferred.
  • What if I don’t know of anyone to write a professional or academic reference for me?
    • You may ask someone familiar with your personal situation and/or academic goals, such as an employer, a co-worker, a counselor, or a volunteer supervisor. Choose references who you are confident know you well enough to write a positive, personalized recommendation. You may NOT submit a recommendation from a family member.
  • Can a family member submit a letter of recommendation on my behalf?
    • No, letters of recommendation from family members will not be accepted.


Selection Process:

  • When will the scholars be chosen?
    •  All applications submitted by the 15th of each month will be evaluated by the Scholarship committee in time for presentation at a board meeting on the 1st Monday of each month. Once reviewed, applicants will be notified within a week following the board meeting.  Some applications may be reviewed on a case by case basis outside this timeline.
  • How will I know if I’m chosen?
    • Scholarship recipients will be notified by email and/or phone within a week following our board meeting held on the 1st of every month. If your application is disqualified due to ineligibility, you will be notified by email immediately. All other applicants will be notified of their status by email and/or phone after application review is complete.
  • When will the scholarships be awarded?
    • AHK Foundation scholarship funds will be distributed through the Educational institution’s finance office or the office of financial aid

Please make sure you have two recommendation letters ready to upload before starting the application questionnaire. 

Click here to start the application process.