UK Office of Academic ScholarshipsThrough 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 1360 SAT (Math + Reading) or 31 ACT and a 3.5 unweighted high school grade point average (as calculated by the Office of Academic Scholarships) 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 1250 SAT (Math + Reading) or 28 ACT and a 3.30 unweighted high school grade point average (as calculated by the Office of Academic Scholarships) 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.
Deadline for students entering in Fall 2013: March 1, 2013
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Deadline for students entering in Spring 2014: December 1, 2013
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The T. W. Lewis Foundation offers scholarships through the University of Kentucky designed to assist outstanding Kentucky high school students in attending college and furthering their education. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership potential, and financial need.
Recipients receive $2,500 per year in financial assistance for expenses, subject to minimum academic requirements. The awards are renewable for up to four years, providing all conditions for continuing awards are met.
- Open to Kentucky high school seniors.
- Minimum SAT score of 1800 (M+CR+W), ACT score of 28. 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.
- Minimum unweighted high school cumulative GPA of 3.50.
- Rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class academically.
Scholarship recipients will be selected on a competitive basis using a combination of criteria:
- Academic Performance - Class rank, GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and course difficulty.
- Leadership Potential - Extracurricular activities, athletic involvement, and/or community service.
- Financial Need - Successful candidates must demonstrate an unfulfilled financial need whereby this scholarship would create an opportunity that was otherwise not available. Students must complete and submit a FAFSA form by February 15, 2013 to be considered.
Deadline for incoming freshmen: February 15, 2013
Applications must be received by the University of Kentucky, along with the admissions application by February 15, 2013. The 8-page application may be downloaded in .pdf form above, or you may request a form by contacting the Office of Academic Scholarships.
The purpose of the Ruth Jones Lewis Scholarship Program is to provide outstanding students from Eastern Kentucky counties with the means to attend the University of Kentucky. Awards are granted on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential, and financial need. Preference will be given to students from Letcher, Leslie, Knott, Breathitt, Jackson, Clay, Floyd, Wolfe, Harlan, or Perry counties. Applicants for the Ruth Jones Lewis Scholarship Program must be full-time Kentucky residents who plan to complete high school in the spring of 2013, and must be enrolled as a full-time student.
The Ruth Jones Lewis Scholarship is designed to be a four-year award at $2,500 per year. Funds will be paid in the amount of $1,250 for the initial semester. Additional funds will be awarded in the amount of $1,250 per semester, providing all conditions for continuing awards are met.
- Minimum SAT Score of 1800 (M+CR+W) or ACT Score of 28.
- Minimum unweighted high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 (on 4-point scale).
- Rank in the top 10 percent of graduating class, academically.
Scholarship recipients will be selected on a competitive basis by using a combination of criteria:
- Academic performance - Class rank, GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and course difficulty.
- Leadership potential - Extracurricular activities, athletic involvement and/or community service.
- Financial need - Successful candidates must demonstrate an unfulfilled financial need whereby this scholarship would create an opportunity that was otherwise not available. Student must complete and submit the FAFSA form by February 15, 2013 to be considered.
Deadline for incoming freshmen: February 15, 2013
Applications must be received by the University of Kentucky, along with the admissions application, by February 15, 2013.
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 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.
Deadline to Apply for Fall 2013: January 15, 2013
In addition to the scholarship application, students applying for the Felix E. Martin, Jr. Scholarship Program must apply for admission 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 by January 15, 2013.
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, weeklong 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 rogersscholars.com/cms/.
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 March 1, 2013. 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.
There are three tiers of scholarships awarded to Rogers Scholars:
- Students with a 31 ACT and 3.5 cumulative unweighted GPA will receive a Commonwealth Scholarship. The Commonwealth Scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is payable as $2,500 for up to four years of undergraduate study.
- Students with a 28+ ACT and 3.30 cumulative unweighted GPA, that are not eligible for the Commonwealth Scholarship, will receive a Provost Scholarship. The Provost Scholarship is valued at $6,000 and is payable as $1,500 for up to four years of undergraduate study.
- Students who’s highest ACT is a 26 or 27 and have a 3.30 cumulative unweighted GPA will receive a Flagship Scholarship. The Flagship Scholarship is a $1,500 scholarship payable during the freshman year.
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 3.30 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 3.5 unweighted cumulative grade point average will be encouraged to apply for our Singletary Scholarship. We also offer a National Merit®/Achievement® Finalist Patterson Scholarship package for students named National Merit® or Achievement® Finalists. If a student is awarded a Singletary Scholarship 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.
Deadline to Apply for Fall 2013: February 15, 2013
Students already receiving scholarships from outside sources should have their donor send the scholarship funds to the Office of Student Financial Aid along with the student's name, the semesters the funds cover, and the student's ID number.
NOTE: If you are expecting a scholarship from an outside agency that is not currently listed and that you think should be there by this time, please contact the awarding agency to determine when it 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 get on the list and be credited to the student's account.
Governor Paul E. Patton and the 1998 General Assembly have provided Kentucky high school students a great opportunity to make their education pay with the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). The KEES program is administered by the (Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Students who try to get the most from high school by studying hard and making good grades (C+ and above) can earn scholarship for college or technical school. The better students do in high school, the more they will earn toward college scholarships. 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 Hope 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, 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. Fastweb, , College Board, SRN Express.
External scholarships and fellowships are awards that are funded by sources (such as a non-government foundation or government agency) outside the University of Kentucky. These awards honor exceptional students across the nation, and UK students have received many of these awards. Scholarships supported by the Office of External Scholarships involve both undergraduate and graduate study. They provide support for tuition, fees, travel (if applicable), and oftentimes, a stipend. The Office of External Scholarships assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for these opportunities, please visit http://www.uky.edu/Provost/ChellgrenCenter/ExternalScholarships/
Information about scholarships from outside organization 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. The Kentucky General Assembly recently passed legislation that changed the Coal County Scholarship for Pharmacy Students (referred hereafter as the Pharmacy Scholarship) by linking the scholarship amount to national pharmacy school tuition rates instead of those at pharmacy schools in the Commonwealth. As a result, students at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy now have an opportunity to participate in the Pharmacy Scholarship program.
To be considered for a Pharmacy Scholarship, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a Kentucky resident, and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a Pharm.D. program at an accredited institution in the Commonwealth on a full-time basis. Applicants who are residents of coal-producing counties of the Commonwealth receive priority consideration during the selection process. Pharmacy Scholarship recipients must agree to render one (1) year of qualified service in a coal-producing county of the Commonwealth for each year the scholarship is received. "Qualified service" means full-time practice as a licensed pharmacist for a majority of the calendar year. Failure to provide qualified service results in conversion of the scholarship to a loan that must be repaid at 6% interest from the date of disbursement. To apply for a Pharmacy Scholarship, visit KHEAA’s website at https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/convloan_pharmacy?main=1 , print the application and follow the instructions for submission. The application deadline for the 2013-2014 year is May 1, 2013. The award amount for 2013-2014 school year has not yet been determined but was $9400.00 for the 2012-2013 school year.
Once your application has been approved by KHEAA you will receive an award letter with information that you will need to contact your school to complete entrance counseling and a promissory note. The University of Kentucky contact is Terri Jo Thomas State Scholarship Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office. She will send a letter to each student letting them know dates and times available to sign the entrance counseling and promissory note.