"Be the Change" College Scholarship Competition
ONE Lexington & Galls, LLC are PROUD to present the “Be the Change” College Scholarship Competition. An opportunity for a rising Bryan Station High School senior of color, who is committed to attending a Kentucky college or university in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field (police studies, social justice studies, pre-law, forensic science, emergency medical care, fire protection, homeland security and more) to be awarded a $20,000 scholarship!
ONE Lexington is dedicated to reducing violence in all neighborhoods of our city. We believe that investing in our youth and providing more equitable opportunities will ultimately make our communities safer! Galls, headquartered in Lexington, is Proud to Serve America’s First Responder professionals, each year over one million First Responders trust us to provide their essential gear and supplies. Galls believes that Real Inclusion Starts with Empowerment and is Proud to partner with ONE Lexington to bring this scholarship opportunity to Bryan Station High School and believes in the potential of this program to spark continued growth between our customers and the communities they serve and live.
Scholarship will provide a maximum of $20,000 for a single academic year. Award will be based on academic merit and achievements, such as leadership, excellence in arts or sports, and/or volunteer activities benefiting the community. Scholarship may be renewed annually for up to 4 years depending on the recipients continued pursuit of required degree path, academic record and community service activities.
2020 was a very challenging year for our country and our local community as we suffered a once in a lifetime global pandemic and endured the social unrest in response to racism. One of the silver linings of those challenges were the racial disparities in many of our systems being highlighted, creating an opportunity for our country to make much needed change. African Americans and other persons of color disproportionately populate the prison system while having very little representation working in the criminal justice system. The life changing opportunity will help a Bryan Station student BE THE CHANGE by making a difference from within.
Award decision/Disbursement of Funds
Award determination will be in made in February. Checks will be made payable to the school on behalf of the scholarship recipient and will paid in late summer/early fall.
Applicant must be a graduating senior from Bryan Station High School with a 2.5 GPA
Applicant must identify as African American or Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander
Applicant must be pursuing their first bachelor’s at any accredited college or university in Kentucky
Recipient must be enrolled as full-time student during the entire academic year
Recipient must maintain a 2.7 out of a 4.0 GPA, or the equivalent as documented by the Office of the Registrar at the academic institution
Recipient must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their program as defined and documented by the academic institution
Recipient must complete 20 hours of community service each academic year
Application Process New Applicants
Scholarship application deadline: January 28th
Please provide the following documents:
List of Achievements (honors, leadership positions, volunteer/community service activities, arts/sports, etc.)
Three letters of recommendation (one must be from BSHS staff)
Personal statement not to exceed 700 words summarizing how you believe greater representation by persons of color in the criminal justice system can have an impact on the racial disparities that exist within that system today.
All application documents shall be emailed to Devine Carama at: Dcarama@Lexingtonky.gov
Application Process Renewing Applicants
Scholarship application deadline for renewal applicants: July 1st
*Renewal applicants who are applying for a renewal of funds must submit a renewal application before the deadline each year. *
Proof of full time enrollment
Verification of 20 hours of community service
Fall tuition/attendance bill
All renewal documents shall be emailed to Devine Carama at: Dcarama@Lexingtonky.gov