In 2008, the Board of Directors of the South Louisville Business Association launched a program to award a one-time college scholarship to a local graduating high school senior. The commitment of the South Louisville Business Association to emphasize the value of education for young people in our local area continues. It is the hope of the SLBA that an investment in the college aspirations of area students is also an investment in our local community, one that will help open the door of opportunity for the young people of South Louisville.


The SLBA Scholarship is a $500 award that must be applied towards tuition or books at a post-secondary school of the recipient’s choosing. The scholarship is offered annually and is nonrenewable. To date, a total of $9,000 has been awarded by SLBA to South Louisville students to assist with their college expenses.


Qualifying students must either live in the South Louisville-area business district (see map of coverage under the About tab) or be a senior at DeSales High School, Iroquois High School, Doss High School, or duPont Manual High School. Scholarships will be awarded to well-rounded students who can demonstrate a history of success in academics and involvement in extracurricular activities, while also providing positive examples of leadership and community service. A completed application and current transcript are required for consideration for the scholarship. Also a brief (350-500 words) written essay on any topic and a letter of recommendation should accompany your application.

Previous Winners

2018 Samuel Hall (DeSales High School) SLBA
2018 Greg Schwartz (DuPont Manual High School) *Sponsored by Jeff Harvey Auto Sales
2018 Mebrehati Welu (Iroquois High School) *Sponsored by Member Donations

2017 Simart Negasi Welu (Iroquois High School) SLBA
Stephanie Guadalupe Solis* (DuPont Manual High School) *Sponsored by Penn Station East Coast Subs

2016 Jessica Paula Lopez-Ramos (Iroquois High School) SLBA
Asia Maeri Irvin* (Iroquois High School) *Sponsored by Penn Station East Coast Subs

2015 Naudica La’Shea Anderson (DuPont Manual High School) SLBA

2014 Jessica Cundiff (DuPont Manual High School) SLBA

2013 Carlos Garrido (Iroquois High School) SLBA

2012 Alec Robertson (Whitefield Academy) SLBA

2011 Derek Higdon (DeSales High School) SLBA

2010 Jacob A. Kennison (DeSales High School) SLBA

2009 Michael J. Booth (DeSales High School) SLBA

2008 Karl J. Weihe (Holy Cross High School) SLBA


The 2019 deadline for the SLBA Scholarship is Saturday, April 30, 2019. Please click here for an application (PDF format).

After all scholarship applications have been received, the Scholarship Selection Committee will meet to consider all applications. The committee may petition to interview any or all of the candidates, if deemed necessary, to facilitate its decision.

At the conclusion of the selection process, the committee will notify the applicants, in writing, of their decision. The notification process will be completed by May 15, 2019. Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the post-secondary school indicated by the recipient.


Please direct all questions and comments to the SLBA at

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