Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education

KABHE Awards & Scholarship

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Nominations Chair.  Please send all applications to:

Rochelle Shields 

Associate Director of University Housing Operations

Northern Kentucky University

Norse Commons, Suite 101

Highland Heights, KY 41099


 All application materials must be received by March 1. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.  Upon receipt of the scholarship materials, a confirmation email will be sent.

  Award recipients will be notified by March 20. Awards will be presented to the recipients during the KABHE Awards Ceremony.

William Parker Scholarship

KABHE, is the premier organization supporting diversity efforts throughout the Commonwealth, was founded in 1983 by the late Dr. William Parker (1925-2008), then Vice-Chancellor of Minority Affairs at the University of Kentucky, and other minority leaders in the Commonwealth.


The KABHE William C. Parker Scholarship Committee will award a $500 scholarship based on achievement and community service. The recipient will be honored during the Annual Conference and should attend to receive the award for educational excellence and service. 

Student applicants must be attending a college or university in the KABHE Northeast Region.
region for the 2019 academic year to be given consideration for the scholarship.


  • Student applicants must be nominated by a KABHE Northeast* region member.  To nominate a student download the forms below:
ANNUAL WILLIAM C PARKER Award Application'19.pdf
  • Student applicants must be Black/African-American descent and residents of Kentucky.
  • Student applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at their current college or university.
  • Student applicants must be full-time (12 credit hours or more) undergraduate students enrolled at an institution in the Northeast region.
  • Student applicants must have demonstrated service to the African American community and have demonstrated service or leadership to the campus/community.

To be considered, the William C. Parker Scholarship Application must include:

  1. Nomination Form (to be completed by a KABHE Northeast region member)
  2. Student Application (to be completed by a student in the conference region)
  3. One copy of student’s unofficial transcript can be sent with application.  Student will need to provide an official transcript upon request.    



KABHE Dr Kim Merritt Scholarship Instructions 2018.pdf


Kimberly D. Merritt received her posthumous doctoral degree (Ed.D) in December 2015 from Eastern Kentucky University.  The former President of KABHE and long standing member of KABHE has left a lasting legacy influencing those who came to know her and grew to love her.

For students who:                                    

1. Enrolled full time at a KABHE affiliated institution as an undergraduate

2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater

3. Traditionally under-represented in academic or institutional programs as it relates to the goal of increasing diversity. This would also include first generation college students, students from impoverished families, and/or students with a history of overcoming adversity.

4. An Award of $1000.00 will be given in two payments of $500.00 (spring) and (fall) term

5. Applicants should complete and submit an essay (500-700 words) on their perspective from

   Dr. Kimberly D. Merritt’s Philosophy: From the Hood or the Holler: Education makes a difference

KABHE Dr Kim Merritt Scholarship Instructions 2019.pdf

This award is presented in recognition of an individual's endeavors to promote the cause of African Americans in higher education and for his/her commitment to promoting equal opportunity. This award is selected by the KABHE Executive Board and presented during the Annual Conference

New Professional Award 


This award is presented to professionals with 1 - 5 years’ experience in higher education who (are actively) involved in KABHE, demonstrating service to the profession, possessing outstanding character, and are potential role models for other new professionals in higher education. Nominations should include specific information identifying the individual’s title, role and service in higher education, demonstrated leadership activities and qualities that would deem them suitable for this award. This award is for individuals who are serving in higher education administration as administrators, professional staff or teaching.

Nominations are open to the general membership. Selections are made by the KABHE Vice President and Regional Representatives and presented at the Annual Conference.


This award is presented as a tribute to the late Dr. Joseph McMillan to honor his legacy as Co-Founder of the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education and for his outstanding leadership, service, research and teaching. The award will be given to a current tenure-track faculty member in Kentucky, who is a member of the Association and has a demonstrated record of scholarly research, service and teaching. The award will be presented to salute and highlight the state’s top minority talents in academia. To nominate candidates, send the names and background information of any outstanding, high-achieving, award-winning, path-paving and/or highly regarded academic that is currently serving as a full-time teaching faculty member in a postsecondary institution in Kentucky. Include information on research, service and teaching to support your nomination. This award is selected by the KABHE Executive Board and presented during the Annual Conference.


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