OWENTON, Ky. (KT) - Starting in the fall of 2020, Georgetown College will be offering four-year, $160,000 scholarships to all fulltime students from Owen County High School who have lived in the county for at least one year.
The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition for four years and will be up for renewal in 2030. It’s the same gift that Georgetown College offered last week to all Scott County students admitted during the next 10 years.
Two other counties yet to be announced will also be included at a future date, according to college officials.
The latest gesture honors former Georgetown College President Robert Mills, who served from 1959-1978. He is the longest serving and one of most influential and popular presidents in the college’s history. He lived in Owen County for a short time and vowed to help the area.
“Owen County has a special connection to Georgetown’s legacy because it’s a place of the heart for some of the legends of the college,” said
Georgetown College President Will Jones, referring to Mills. “His legacy has continued with his son, Bob Mills Jr., currently serving as the Georgetown College Board of Trustees Vice-Chair.”
About 1,600 Owen County students — the third graders through seniors who will be affected — were given envelopes containing the news Wednesday in an assembly at Owen County High School.
Room and board in the fall of 2020 will cost $10,670, and there is a comprehensive fee of $990 that applies to all students.
Students will have to meet entrance requirements first and only first-time freshman will be eligible next year. Georgetown College looks for at least a 2.5 GPA and at least an ACT score of 19 or 20. The average GPA for the fall of 2019 was about a 3.5 and the average ACT score was 24, college officials said.