Kentucky Scholarships

Automatic Scholarships 

The following scholarships will be awarded to eligible students provided the student is admitted and has the qualifying test score and grade point average on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by March 1, 2014. Please note that combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered. No scholarships application is required. 

Provost Scholarship - Incoming Kentucky resident freshmen whose minimum ACT score is 26 or SAT (M+CR) is 1170, and who achieve is a 3.30 unweighted high school GPA, will automatically be offered a Provost Scholarship. The Provost Scholarship provides $1,500 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate scholarships. 

Competitive Scholarships 

The University of Kentucky also provides a competitive scholarship application for higher valued scholarships for resident and non resident students with a minimum test score of 31 ACT or 1360 SAT (M+CR) and a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale. Please note that combined test scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered. A competitive academic scholarship section of the undergraduate admission application is due by January 15. Students must have a qualifying test score and GPA on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the January 15 deadline. Early application is strongly encouraged! 

• Otis A. Singletary Scholarship - Four-year awards provide tuition, room and board and a yearly stipend of $1,500. In addition, recipients receive the latest generation iPad and $2,000 stipend for a Summer Education Abroad Program. 

• Presidential Scholarship - Four-year awards that cover the cost of tuition.

• Commonwealth Scholarship - Four-year awards for $2,500 per year; Kentucky applicants only. 

Patterson Scholarship for National Merit of National Achievement Finalists 

National Merit or Achievement Finalists who designate UK as their college choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by mid-April are eligible for the Patterson Scholarship. The Patterson Scholarship is in addition to the National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship of $2,000, which is awarded through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The Patterson Scholarship is a renewable scholarship, valued at the $78,000, and includes the following: Four-year renewable awards covers the cost of tuition, room and board, $1,000 yearly stipend, the latest generation of iPad and $2,000 for a Summer Education Abroad program. No Scholarship application is required for the UK National Merit/Achievement Finalist Patterson Scholarship. If a student is awarded a Singletary Scholarship, that award will replace the Patterson Scholarship. Students may receive only one scholarship through the Academic Scholarship Program. 


Kentucky Governor's Scholars 

The University of Kentucky offers special scholarships to students that complete the Kentucky Governor's Scholars and/or Governor's School for the Arts summer programs. The Governor's Scholars/School for the Arts scholarships are for incoming freshmen only. 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, 2014. No application is required. 

• GSP/GSA Presidential Scholarship - Students applying with a minimum 1250 SAT (Math + Reading) or 28 ACT and a 3.30 unweighted high school grade point average will receive a Presidential Scholarship, which provides in-state tuition and mandatory registration fees for up to four years of undergraduate study. Minimum test score requirements are based on the composite or total test score from one test date. Combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered. If a student is awarded a Singletary or Patterson Scholarship, that award will replace the Presidential Scholarship. 

• GSP/GSA Provost Scholarship - All other eligible students will receive a Provost Scholarship, which provides $1,500 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study. If a student is awarded a competitive scholarship, that award will replace the Provost Scholarship. Students may receive only one scholarship through the Academic Scholarship Program. 


College & Department Scholarships

Students should check with their college as well as the individual schools within their college for information about available departmental scholarships. Requirements and application deadlines vary by department. Other departments on campus such as the Student Government Association also offer scholarship funding. 

William C. Parker Diversity Scholarship Program

The University of Kentucky has a mission and commitment to aggressively recruit and retain students from all segments of society, including African American, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Alaskan Native students. Factors which are considered in the holistic evaluation of William C. Parker scholarship applications include test scores, grades, an essay, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, awards and recognition, community service, and contribution to diversity. Awards will be based on the applicant’s ranking within the competitive pool, with values ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Students may receive only one award through the William C. Parker Scholarship Program.

To apply, incoming freshmen students must complete the William C. Parker Scholarship section of the Undergraduate Admission application by January 15, 2014, and submit the required essay on how the student will contribute to diversity at the University of Kentucky. In addition, applicants applying for this program must have a high school transcript with qualifying unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale, on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by January 15, 2014.

Unfortunately, a William C. Parker scholarship will not be offered to every excellent student who meets the requirements and applies. However, we assure each applicant that his or her application will receive consideration and fair treatment in what is a very competitive process. Students currently applying to or enrolled on the Medical Center Campus (Colleges of Health Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Public Health) are not eligible for these scholarships and should contact their respective departments for scholarship information.


For more information concerning the William C. Parker Scholarship Program, please contact:

Joyce Beatty, Director

William C. Parker Scholarship Program

100C Funkhouser Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0054

(859) 323-6334

University of Kentucky