UK Office of Academic Scholarships
Through the Legacy Tuition Program, the University of Kentucky offers partial tuition awards to eligible non-resident undergraduate children of UK graduates. An eligible student is defined as a child whose mother, father, or step-parent has earned a bachelor, graduate, doctorate, or professional degree from the University of Kentucky, whose parent or step-parent is a member of the UK Alumni Association, and who would normally be subject to non-resident tuition rates.
Please note, completion of a medical residency does not constitute a qualifying degree program. Also, parents that completed an associate degree from a former UK Community College are not considered qualifying graduates.
New first-time freshmen will be eligible for the Legacy Tuition Program for a total of eight semesters. Transfer students are eligible through the equivalent of their eighth semester of undergraduate study. Semesters of prior college enrollment at other institutions are considered in the total eight semesters.
Automatic renewal each semester is contingent upon the student's full-time enrollment on the UK main campus while maintaining a good academic standing and the qualifying parent's active membership in the UK Alumni Association. Eligibility for continued enrollment in the program will be verified each semester.
Students are required to complete the Legacy application in order to receive the benefits. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is March 1 or December 1 for the spring semester.
- Students applying with a minimum 1420 SAT (Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing) or 31 ACT and a 3.5 unweighted high school grade point average (as calculated by the UK Admission Office) will receive the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates, for up to four years of undergraduate study. Minimum test score requirements are based on the composite or total score from one test date. Combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered. These students will be able to attend UK at the rate of in-state tuition.
- Eligible students with a minimum 1310 SAT (Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing) or 28 ACT and a 3.30 unweighted high school grade point average (as calculated by the UK Admission Office) will be considered for a scholarship which provides $4,500 per year. Minimum test score requirements are based on the composite or total score from one test date. Combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered.
- All other eligible students will receive $3,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.
The Felix E. Martin, Jr. Scholarship awards financial support to academically outstanding students of Muhlenberg County, and alternatively Hopkins County, to attend the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics. This scholarship is designed to increase access to higher education among local students who wish to earn a Bachelor's degree in business at UK. Whether you are in high school and preparing for college or are considering transferring to the University of Kentucky, this scholarship may provide financial assistance to offset the cost of attendance.
All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be given equal consideration by the University of Kentucky academic scholarship committee, which will select the recipients according to the following criteria:
- Applicants must be graduates of a Muhlenberg County (Kentucky) high school. Should additional scholarship funds be available after all Muhlenberg County students are considered, then scholarships will be considered for applicants who are graduates of a Hopkins County (Kentucky) high school.
- Applicants must be planning to attend the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics to pursue an undergraduate degree.
- Applicants must show potential for academic success by having a GPA of 3.0 or higher and earning at least a 24 composite score on their ACT. Transfer and current UK students must provide a copy of their high school transcript and qualifying test scores. Minimum test score requirements are based on the composite or total score from one test date. Combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered.
- Current college students who are attending an accredited community or private college, who meet the residency requirement and academic requirements, and who plan to transfer to the University of Kentucky are eligible to apply. However, previous college work will count toward the four year term of the scholarship. Transfer students will not be eligible for renewal for a full four years.
- Current University of Kentucky students are eligible to apply. Previous college work will count toward the four-year term. Current UK students will not be eligible for renewal for a full four years.
- If an applicant is pursuing a double major, eligibility is limited to four years for first-time freshmen and an applicable number of years for current or transfer students.
- Financial need, while not a requirement for the scholarship, may be considered in determining recipients when there are equally qualified candidates.
The potential for academic success is a key factor in determining the recipients for the Felix E. Martin, Jr. Scholarship. Proven academic accomplishments, either in high school or at a community college, will weigh heavily in the selection process. While not a requirement for awarding scholarships, financial need may be considered to determine scholarship recipients when there are equally qualified candidates. All recipients must enroll in the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, providing successful academic progress is being made toward earning an undergraduate degree.
To be considered for the Felix E. Martin, Jr. Scholarship, students must apply for admission to the University of Kentucky by December 1, 2017, with an intended major in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and have a qualifying test score and high school transcript on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Once admitted, students must activate their UK link blue account before accessing the Felix E. Martin, Jr. Scholarship application. The application can only be accessed after the student is admitted and has an active UK link blue ID.
The Felix E. Martin, Jr. Scholarship application can be accessed at https://uky.academicworks.com/users/sign_in and must be submitted online by January 15, 2018.
The Rogers Scholars Program, whose namesake is Congressman Hal Rogers, was developed by the Center for Rural Development to address, and reverse, the high level of out migration suffered by the rural service area.
The Rogers Scholars Program is an intensive, week-long program focusing on leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service. Students apply during their sophomore year in high school and those selected attend the program during the summer before their junior year. The summer program is coordinated by the Center for Rural Development, which serves a 42 county area in southern and eastern Kentucky. Students are selected through a competitive application process to make up the class of 60 students each year. For information on applying to the Rogers Scholars Program, you may visit their website at centeryouthprograms.com/rogers-scholars/.
In recognizing the leadership development and academic strengths of the Rogers Scholars, the University of Kentucky is excited to partner with the Center for Rural Development and provide academic scholarship opportunities for students completing the Rogers Scholars Program.
The University of Kentucky is pleased to encourage academic excellence and will provide guaranteed scholarships to students completing the Rogers Scholars program, provided they meet the academic standards required. The following scholarships will be awarded to eligible students, provided the student is admitted and has the qualifying test score and GPA on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by December 1, 2017. No additional application is required.
Minimum test score requirements are based on the composite or total score from one test date. Combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered. Students with a 26+ ACT and 3.30 cumulative unweighted GPA will receive a Provost Scholarship. The Provost Scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is payable as $2,500 for up to four years of undergraduate study.
Recipients must meet admission criteria at the time of application and enroll full-time each semester beginning in the fall term after high school graduation. If the recipient receives a scholarship of equal or higher value through another program, that scholarship will replace this award. Students may receive only one scholarship through the Academic Scholarship Program. Recipients must maintain full-time status and a UK cumulative GPA of 3.00 each semester. Awards will be payable in equal installments during the fall and spring terms.
Students who have a 31+ ACT score and a minimum 3.50 unweighted cumulative grade point average will be encouraged to apply for our Competitive Academic Scholarships. We also offer a Patterson Scholarship package for students named National Merit® or National Hispanic Recognition Scholar Finalists. If a student is awarded a Presidential, Singletary or a Patterson Scholarship, that award will replace the Rogers Scholars Scholarship.
The Committee of 101, a UK athletic boosters and fan organization, seeks to support undergraduate students through the Richard 'Van' Florence Committee of 101 Scholarship. Each year, in honor of past President Van Florence's 30-plus years of service to the organization, the University of Kentucky awards multiple $1,000 scholarships to outstanding UK students. This endowed scholarship is provided through the generosity of the Committee of 101.
Students must have earned a 2.5 or greater GPA and demonstrated a commitment to excellence and community service. While all students are encouraged to apply, preference is given to students who are not past recipients of this scholarship.
To be considered for the Richard ‘Van’ Florence Committee of 101 Scholarship, incoming freshman students must apply for admission to the University of Kentucky by December 1, 2017, and have a qualifying test score and high school transcript on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Once admitted, students must activate their UK link blue account before accessing the Richard ‘Van’ Florence Committee of 101 Scholarship application. The application can only be accessed after the student is admitted and has an active UK link blue ID.
Current UK students can access the application with an active UK link blue ID.
The Richard ‘Van’ Florence Committee of 101 Scholarship application can be accessed at https://uky.academicworks.com/users/sign_in and must be submitted online by January 15, 2018.
The University of Kentucky Urban Debate League Scholarship is a four-year award that covers the cost of tuition for talented urban debate league students.
Students must submit the completed scholarship application, a letter of recommendation from debate coach or director of debate league, and a 250-650 word essay on why debating in college is important to the applicant.
Completed application, letter of recommendation, and essay should be mailed to:
Office of Intercollegiate Debate
University of Kentucky
225 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0054
Deadline to Apply for Fall 2018: January 15, 2018
Download Application Form (PDF)
The KEES program provides scholarships to students who earn at least a 2.5 GPA each year they attend a certified Kentucky high school. The better they do in high school, the more they earn toward college. They may also earn awards for ACT/SAT scores and Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores. Home school and GED graduates may earn awards based on their ACT scores. The KEES program is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Eligible students will receive official notification of the amount of their award from KHEAA. For more information, visit the KEES Program web site.
For more information on the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning tax credits, and other tax benefits for postsecondary students, go to www.irs.gov. IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Higher Education, which explains these credits and other tax benefits. The publication is available online, or call 1-800-829-1040. TTY callers should call 1-800-829-4059 .
Please visit the KHEAA site for more information on KHEAA (Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority) Scholarships available to the University of Kentucky.
Nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships are awards that are funded by sources independent of the University of Kentucky including non-profit groups, government agencies, and companies. Criteria for scholarships vary but generally include academic performance, financial need, community affiliations, and unique elements important to the sponsoring organization.
One of the primary responsibilities of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is to administer the campus nomination process for 12 major awards that require an institutional endorsement. For these particular opportunities, students must apply first to a campus review committee, which will then select the students who will represent the University of Kentucky. Nominees will receive feedback on their application and will be officially nominated by the institution.
There are many scholarship opportunities that allow direct application. For those awards, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards provides advice and assistance to students preparing an application. The primary goal of this office is to recruit and prepare UK students with strong academic and extracurricular records to help them be successful in pursuing national competitive opportunities.Please visit The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards
Students receiving scholarships from outside sources should request that their donor send the scholarship funds to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (University of Kentucky, 128 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY, 40506-0054) along with the student's name, the semesters the funds cover, and the student's UK link blue ID number. If you are expecting a scholarship from an outside agency that is not currently listed, please contact the awarding agency to determine when the funds will be disbursed to the University of Kentucky. Once the scholarship funds are received by the University, it may take up to 7 - 10 business days to be credited to the student's account. Information about scholarships from outside organizations is available in Room 127 Funkhouser Building. This information has been sent to UK by outside sources and any questions should be directed to those sources. Students should also contact student and/or parents' employers, churches, credit unions, and local clubs and organizations for additional scholarship sources.
This scholarship provides financial aid to Kentucky residents who plan to work as pharmacists in coal-producing counties in the state. Please visit Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) for further information about The Coal County Scholarship for Pharmacy Students.