Transfer Students Scholarships

Academic Scholarships for Undergraduate Transfer Students

Transfer students currently enrolled full-time at an accredited institution who will be transferring to the UK main campus as an undergraduate student for the fall 2015 semester may be eligible for academic scholarships. To be eligible, applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours and be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution for the spring 2015 semester. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA. Deadline to Apply for Fall 2015:  June 1, 2015
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Please Note: Students transferring to a professional or graduate degree program at the University of Kentucky are not eligible for these scholarships and should contact their respective departments for scholarship information.

Available Undergraduate Scholarship Award Levels
  • Trustees Scholarship: Currently enrolled KCTCS students that will earn their Associate's in Arts or Associate's in Science Degree with a 3.50 cumulative GPA by the end of the spring 2015 term and then transfer to UK for the fall 2015 term are eligible to compete for a limited number of two-year renewable awards which cover the difference between UK in-state tuition and KCTCS in-state tuition. A final transcript must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission documenting spring 2015 grades and the awarding of an Associate's in Arts or Associate's in Science Degree by June 1st. Scholarship application, admission application and final transcript required by June 1, 2015. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.
  • Kentucky Tradition Scholarship: Currently enrolled KCTCS students with 40 hours by the end of the spring 2015 semester (with at least 24 earned at KCTCS) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, who transfer to UK for the fall 2015 term will be considered for a $6,000 scholarship, payable as $3,000 per year for up to two years, or $1,500 per semester for up to four semesters. Scholarship is awarded based on academic credentials provided with admission application, date of acceptance and funding availability.
  • Wildcat Welcome Scholarship: All other transfer students with a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA, that are currently enrolled at an accredited institution and will have 24 hours by the end of the spring 2015 term, who transfer to UK for the fall 2015 term will be considered for a $1,500 one-year, non-renewable award, payable as $750 per semester for up to two semesters. Scholarship is awarded based on academic credentials provided with admission application, date of acceptance and funding availability.



Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

Students transferring to the University of Kentucky for Fall 2015 that are current members of Phi Theta Kappa, are eligible to compete for a limited number of Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships. Awards offered through this program will provide full tuition for in-state student recipients, and provide the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates for non-resident recipients.

To be eligible, applicants must be a Phi Theta Kappa member in good standing, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and at least 48 credit hours prior to transferring.  Applicants must also be enrolled full-time during the spring 2015 term, and be planning to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky beginning in Fall 2015.

Please Note: Students transferring to a professional or graduate degree program at the University of Kentucky are not eligible for these scholarships and should contact their respective departments for scholarship information.

Deadline for Application:  June 1, 2015
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Applicants must also submit a completed admissions application and all final college transcripts to the UK Office of Undergraduate Admission by June 1, 2015.  The postmark deadline to submit the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship application and all supporting documents is June 1, 2015. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

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 2015:  March 1, 2015
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Deadline for students entering in Spring 2015:  December 1, 2015
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William C. Parker Diversity Scholarship

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.

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

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 transferring to a professional or graduate degree program at the University of Kentucky are not eligible for these scholarships and should contact their respective departments for scholarship information.

Requirements: Applicants must be planning to enroll on the UK Lexington campus as a first-time baccalaureate transfer student in the fall semester of 2015. Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours during the 2013-2015 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. In addition, applicants must apply for admission to UK and submit all final college transcripts by June 2, 2015.

Deadline for Application:  June 2, 2015 
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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


Additional Scholarships for Transfer Students

Felix E. 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 2015: January 15, 2015

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, 2015.



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 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.

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

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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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