Current Students


Academic Excellence Scholarship Program

The Academic Excellence Scholarship Program for currently enrolled UK students is open to all currently enrolled, full-time UK undergraduate students on the main campus with a 3.50 or greater cumulative grade point average by the end of the spring 2014 semester and who have completed at least 12 semester hours at UK. 

All applicants who meet the minimum requirements for the Academic Excellence Scholarship Program will be considered for a limited number of non-renewable awards of $1,500 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Undergraduate students who will be receiving other academic scholarships from the Office of Academic Scholarships for 2014-2015 are not eligible to be considered for these awards. Additionally, students currently applying to or enrolled in a professional or graduate program at the University of Kentucky are not eligible for these scholarships and should contact their respective departments for scholarship information.

Deadline to Apply for Fall 2014:  April 15, 2014
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The postmark deadline to submit the Academic Excellence Scholarship application and essay is April 15, 2014.  Late or incomplete application cannot be considered.

College and Departmental Scholarships

Students should check with their college, as well as the individual departments 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. Click on the "Departmental Scholarships" link to the left to access information and website links for many of the Colleges and departments across UK's campus that offer scholarships.

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 grades, an essay, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, awards and recognition, community service, and contribution to diversity.

One-year awards of $2,500 will be made based on the applicant's ranking within the competitive pool.  The William C. Parker Scholarship for Continuing Students is a one-year, non-renewable award, contingent upon full-time enrollment on the University of Kentucky Lexington Campus and a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better.

Students may receive only one award through the William C. Parker Scholarship Program. 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 in a professional or graduate degree program are not eligible for these scholarships and should contact their respective departments for scholarship information.

Requirements: Applicants must be currently enrolled on the Lexington campus and pursuing a first-time baccalaureate degree in the fall semester of 2014. Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 by the end of the Spring 2014 semester and have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours during the 2013-2014 academic year. Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application and a 500-word essay on the topic: How I will contribute to diversity at the University of Kentucky.

Deadline for Continuing Students:  April 15, 2014
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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

Legacy Tuition Program

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.

Requirements:
  • 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 2014:  March 1, 2014
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Deadline for students entering in Spring 2015:  December 1, 2014
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Additional Scholarships for Current Students

Felix Martin, Jr. Scholarship

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.

Eligibility
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.

Award Selection
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 2014:  January 15, 2014
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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.


Richard 'Van' Florence Committee of 101 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.

Requirements
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 2014:
  February 15, 2014
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Non-UK Scholarships


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.


Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)

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.

Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning

For more information on the Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits, and other tax benefits for post-secondary 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.

KHEAA Monies

Please visit the KHEAA site for more information on KHEAA (Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority) Scholarships available to the University of Kentucky.

Free internet scholarship databases searches

Fastweb, BrokeScholar, College Board, SRN Express.

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

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/

Outside/Private Scholarships

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.
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