Our Programs

First Scholars

First Scholars addresses the unique challenges of students who are the first in their families to attend college and supports them as they obtain a degree. Starting with an assessment-based selection process and specific next steps based on those results, scholars begin with an individual strategic plan for success.

Robinson Scholars

Robinson Scholars are preselected students from Appalachian Coal Counties who enroll at the University of Kentucky or any KCTCS community college and receive full scholarships (tuition and fees, room and board, and a book allowance), as well as extra services to help them achieve their academic goals.

First Generation Living Learning Community

The First Generation Living Learning Community is a residential experience designed to support first generation students and assist them with their transition from high school into college life at UK. Academic success is encouraged through connected courses with their peers, increased faculty and staff interaction, as well as intentional programming efforts.

Pollard Scholars

Mr. Pollard established the endowed Carl F. Pollard Scholarship Fund in 1994. The endowment provides scholarship support to first-generation college students with first preference given to children of full-time horse farm workers currently employed by a thoroughbred horse farm in Kentucky. The recipients must also have demonstrated high academic achievement and extracurricular and community involvement; and have demonstrated financial need.  Eligible applicants will be invited to apply for the scholarship after December 1st.  Recipients will be notified no later than March 1st.


Has coming to the University of Kentucky been a dream for you? Have you dreamed of going to college but not sure how to do it? UK has created a new initiative beginning in August 2015 called EMBRACE to connect you with our campus support programs that provide an array of financial, academic, social and emotional support through this journey to graduation from UK. Whether you are a new student, transfer student, or returning student, we EMBRACE you!