Big Ass Scholars

Keep it local

2015 Scholarship information and application will be available in mid-November.

With an 88% employee retention rate that dwarfs the national average of 62%, Big Ass Fans knows a thing or two about keeping people. Now we want to make sure the best and the brightest high school students recognize an amazing opportunity – before, during and after college – right here in the Commonwealth.

As a fast-growing, innovative company, Big Ass Fans knows intelligent and driven individuals are crucial for sustaining exceptional growth. With that in mind, we are excited to offer 4-year, $40,000 scholarships to local, graduating high school seniors. Big Ass Fans will pay you $2,500 per semester, ($5,000 per academic year, $20,000 total) along with a $5,000 full-time paid summer internship for each consecutive summer you come work at Big Ass Fans.

You must remain in school, maintain the required minimum GPA and work for Big Ass Fans each summer to sustain the scholarship, commencing the summer following high school graduation. The scholarship is available to graduating seniors from local and regional high schools who plan to attend any four-year institution, nationwide.

We don’t mind you leaving the state for your education; we just want you to come back.


  • Kentucky resident
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.7 (non-weighted)
  • Minimum composite SAT score of 1200 (math and verbal) OR composite ACT score of 27
  • Plan to attend any 4-year accredited U.S.-based college or university
  • Top candidates visit for an open house with Chief Big Ass Carey Smith

Maintaining your scholarship

  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 while in school
  • Must be able to work in Lexington during summers to preserve ongoing scholarship (cannot work remotely)


Complete and submit the following documents by March 10, 2014:
2015 Scholarship information and application will be available in mid-November.

  • Big Ass Scholarship application
  • High School transcript with standardized test scores
  • One letter of recommendation (college recommendation letter accepted)
  • 500 word response (questions given on application)

Mail applications to:

Big Ass Scholars Program
2348 Innovation Drive
Lexington, KY 40511


Send them to

Legal stuff

Big Ass Fans reserves the right to discontinue the scholarship due to extraordinary circumstances.