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for 12th graders / $1000 each (2 awarded)


  •  These scholarships were initiated by former KHSSL Director Gifford Blyton and were later sustained in his honor by his family members. They are now sustained by the Shelby Pepper and Elizabeth McCubbin Bale Scholarship Fund, a gift made to encourage public speaking in Kentucky.


  •   These scholarships are up to $1000.00 cash awards presented to KHSSL seniors on the basis of financial need and potential for success at a college or university of their choice.

  • The awards will be made following the student’s first semester at the college or university of the student’s choice.

  • The recipients must have participated in KHSSL activities for at least two years and must be seniors in high school.

  • The scholarships will be awarded to at least two students without regard to race, religion, political affiliation, or physical handicaps. The awards must be used solely for helping students begin their advanced educational careers.

  • Financial need should be a strong consideration for the awarding of the Bale Scholarships.    



To be considered for a scholarship, a student must complete an application form (CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION) and forward it, along with two letters of recommendation, to the League office. The application and letters must be emailed to the Executive Director on or before 15 February. Late or incomplete applications will be ignored.


Coaches should encourage those students who meet the qualifications to apply.


The recipients of these scholarships will be chosen by an impartial panel, and the scholarships will be announced at the Senior State Speech and/or Debate Tournament(s).


A check will be sent to the student's post-secondary institution after the student provides a 1st semester transcript showing successful completion of 1 semester of college. Failure to submit proof of successful completion of 1 semester of college will mean the awardee forfeits his or her Scholarship Award.

(Note – while these guidelines are very similar to the former Blyton Scholarships, they also emphasize the urge for financial need to be considered as well as renaming them for the current funding source – rewritten for the 2021-2022 school year).

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