The John B. Begley
Scholarship Program

The John B. Begley Scholarship Program was created in 1997 to honor John B. Begley, who served as the sixth president of Lindsey Wilson from 1977 to 1997.

John B. Begley
John B. Begley

The Begley Scholarship is a full-tuition, room & board scholarship awarded to three incoming freshman students each year. Beyond financial reward, the Begley Scholarship Program seeks to provide students with an unparalleled cultural enrichment experience.

During their academic tenure, Begley Scholars will embark on enrichment trips to Hemmingway's four "Great American Cities" - Chicago, New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco. When not traveling, Begley Scholars will partake in cultural learning opportunities alongside Lindsey Wilson College President, William T. Luckey, and his wife, Elise. Both President Luckey and Elise serve as directors of the Begley Scholarship Program.

Past Activities have included:
  • Meeting with well-known Kentucky authors, regional business, civic and political leaders.
  • Attendance at regional events at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the J.B. Speed Art Museum.
  • Regular meetings and discussions held in the home of President Luckey and Elise Luckey.

Begley Scholars are encouraged to be leaders within our campus community. Begley Scholars will participate in at least two co-curricular activities and seek to provide leadership in at least one of these activities. Scholars also fulfill service components and are expected to distinguish themselves as people of high moral character by living according to high personal standards and exercising good judgement daily.

An ACT composite score of 24 or above identifies a student who qualifies to compete for the Begley Scholarship. Interviews for the Class of 2023 will be held on February 4, 2023.

    The following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than January 27, 2023:
    1. A typewritten essay (one to two pages in length) on a topic chosen by the scholarship committee;
    2. Three letters of reference (at least one from high school instructor); and
    3. Submitted Application for Admission to Lindsey Wilson College, a current high school transcript, and ACT/SAT scores.
    4. Participation in Interview
    Materials must be submitted via the online Begley Scholars application at

      The Scholars Day 2023 essay question:
      The 2022 mid-term elections were largely determined by young voters (ages 18-29). What is an issue you are passionate about that would motivate you to vote in the 2024 elections? Please elaborate.

    For more information regarding Begley Scholars Day, feel free to contact the Admissions Office at (800) 264-0138 or via email