Tips for Completing Scholarship Applications

Paducah Public Schools Updates for March 16 - April 17 Closing
March 30
 Paducah Public Schools to Continue Non-Traditional Instruction and Tornado Takeout Through Spring Break, April 6-10
March 26
Students who have paper packets of assignments will turn in their completed assignments and pick up a new packet Friday, March 27. See the news summary below for bus schedules and specific instructions. 
March 20
In keeping with Governor Beshear’s recommendation that all Kentucky Schools stop in-person instruction, Paducah Public Schools Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Days will be extended through Friday, April 17, 2020. This closure is a proactive approach to limit exposure to COVID-19 within our community.
Here is the schedule for the coming weeks:
March 23 – March 27 NTI Days
March 30 – April 3 NTI Days
April 6 - April 10  NTI Days
April 13 – April 17 NTI Days

As a school district, we are prepared to provide continuity of services for both learning and nutrition. Teachers will be providing instructional services using Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI). Our food service staff will continue preparing meals for delivery according to the schedule that is already in place.

Please see the district web site at  for the latest announcements regarding this developing situation.
March 18
If you are a student or parent who needs help accessing Microsoft Teams at home, you can find instructions here. Look for "Microsoft Teams How To" at the bottom of the page. 
March 17
Paper packets will be delivered to students Wednesday, March 18 at the building where they attend schools. Online students will not receive paper packets. For a complete list of instructions and bus stops, see the link in the news summary below. 
March 14, 2020
Paducah Public Schools will offer takeout meal delivery beginning Monday, March 16.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice – buses will be at all stops from 10:30 - 11:00 AM.

All sites will serve breakfast and lunch. See the news summary below for a link to a list of Tornado Takeout stops.
March 13, 2020
Information over the coming days/weeks will be sent to you via email and text message to the contact information in Infinite Campus, so having correct email and phone numbers for you is crucial.

If you are not receiving either text messages or e-mails from Paducah Public Schools, please access your Infinite Campus Parent Portal as soon as possible and update your contact information.  Click here to connect to the Campus Parent Portal.

If you don’t have a Parent Portal account, send an e-mail requesting your login information to: [email protected]

If you do not have email, please call 270-444-5600. 
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Tips for Completing Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Application Tips

  1. Meet deadlines and follow instructions carefully.
  2. Complete all parts of the application and attach any documents requested.
  3. If a paper application, print legibly in blue or black ink.
  4. If an online application, type using correct capitalization, grammar and punctuation.
  5. Proofread your application before you submit it.
  6. Use your legal name, not a nickname.
  7. Use a professional email address, not an inappropriate one or one that gives a bad impression.
  8. Keep a copy of all submitted applications with the date you submitted them.
  9. Give teachers and counselors at least TWO WEEKS to complete any recommendation letters you need whether on paper or online.  Remember to give them a copy of your resume and information about the scholarship for which you need the letter.  Write a thank you note. ONLINE RECOMMENDATIONS:  Our spam filter may block electronic recommendation requests. Please let your counselor or teacher aware they will be receiving a recommendation request through email.
  10. If you need a transcript for your scholarship application, complete the TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM available in the guidance office. 
  11. Some scholarships require an interview.
  12. Some scholarships are open to high school students who are not seniors.  These are usually essay or other types of contests.
  13. Most university scholarship applications are due in November, December, January, and February.
  14. Community scholarships tend to be due in the spring.
  15. Any paper scholarship applications received in the counseling office will be available in the SCHOLARSHIP CRATE or  by download on our website.
  16. Scholarships that come through the counseling office will be listed on the website under the CURRENT SCHOLARSHIPS link and announced on the PTHS Guidance Facebook and Twitter.  
  17. You should not pay any money to receive lists of scholarships or to apply for scholarships. These are scams!
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