Complete applications are due about the third week of April each year.  The exact date will be posted on this site, and indicated in the application form.  "Complete" applications include the application form, all required attachments, and letters of recommendation (if applicable).  Specific instructions will be included in the application form.


Selection is based on a combination of academics, extra-curricular activities, and financial need.  Selections are generally completed before the end of May.  Generally, one new recipient is selected each year.

The amount of each scholarship will be $2,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.  Recipients must reapply in order to retain their scholarships.  The scholarship may be renewed for up to three additional years, provided the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements.


Once selected, scholarship recipients must complete 10 hours of volunteer community service each year, as a condition of receiving a scholarship, and as a requirement for reapplying to renew a scholarship for additional years.  See the report form and instructions for more information about this requirement.
The Katie DeSpain Scholarship is available to
graduates of accredited high schools in Mason
County, Kentucky.


The Katie DeSpain Scholarship was established in 2000 by Katie's parents, John and Anne DeSpain of Maysville, Kentucky after the sudden death of their daughter while a student at Eastern Kentucky University.  Katie was an athletic and outgoing young woman, as well as a fine student.  The Program seeks to reward young people who excel in the classroom, in extracurricular activities, and in service to their communities.  Although not required, participation in athletics is a plus.


Applicants must be a senior at, or have graduated from an accredited high school in Mason County, Kentucky.

Applicants must be under the age of 25 at the time of initial application, and must not have already completed or attended four years of college.  Scholarships are not awarded for post-graduate study.

Members of the families of the directors or staff of the Foundation, and of the original donors, are ineligible.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school, or have completed at least one year of study at an accredited college or university in the United States.  Applicants must be attending, or planning to attend, and accredited U. S. college or university. First time applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better, high school or college.  Prior recipients applying to retain their scholarship must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better.






Contact Us

Hayswood Foundation, Inc.
1 W. McDonald Parkway, Suite 3A, Maysville, Ky. 41056
Phone:  (606) 563-9333    Fax:  (606) 563-9444

Katie DeSpain Memorial
10K Run; 5K Run; 2-Mile Walk

An annual event benefiting the Katie DeSpain Scholarship Fund.

Participants prepare for the start of the 2017 Katie DeSpain Run/Walk.

Community Service Form & Instructions

The application submission period for the 2018-2019 college year has now passed.  Applications for the next college year will be available here in February, 2019.