Academic Scholarship FAQ

The University of Kentucky is committed to making scholarship opportunities available to students who qualify, whether they apply with or without test scores. The information below is based on 2022-23 scholarship criteria; please use this only as a reference as this information will change. As with any year, there are limited scholarship funds, so please be sure to apply early. Students who apply by the Early Action deadline of December 1, 2021, will be considered pending availability of funds.

 

General

 

Can I earn more than one academic scholarship?

Students may receive only one academic-based scholarship through the Office of Academic Scholarships.

 

Can academic scholarships be combined with a competitive academic scholarship offer?

Students may receive only one academic-based scholarship through the Academic Scholarship Program. A higher level scholarship offer would automatically replace a lower level award.

Therefore, a competitive academic scholarship offer, such as a Presidential or Singletary Scholarship, would replace a lower value academic award.

Students may, however, receive a William C. Parker Scholarship, as well as, Legacy Tuition funding in addition to an academic-based scholarship.

 

Can I receive Legacy Tuition funding in addition to an academic-based scholarship?

Yes, students may receive Legacy Tuition funding in addition to an academic-based scholarship, such as the Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship. However, students awarded a tuition scholarship (such as the Singletary, Patterson, or Presidential Scholarship) or granted in-state residency through the undergraduate admission or residency application process are not eligible for the Legacy Tuition Program.

 

Can I receive a William C. Parker Scholarship in addition to an academic-based scholarship?

Yes, students may receive a William C. Parker Scholarship in addition to an academic-based scholarship.

 

Are international students considered for academic scholarships at the University of Kentucky?

Yes, international students may be considered for academic and competitive academic scholarships at the University of Kentucky. International students must meet the minimum academic requirements to be considered, including minimum high school GPA requirements and optional ACT or SAT test scores.

A TOEFL score cannot be substituted for an ACT or SAT score. To find out where ACT or SAT tests are offered in your country, please visit the testing center websites at www.act.org and www.collegeboard.org. The University of Kentucky does not offer testing on site.

International students may also be eligible to apply for the UK William C. Parker Scholarship. More information can be found online at www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-incoming-freshmen.

 

I am deferring my admission to UK. Can I defer my academic scholarship as well?

The terms of the scholarship agreement state that students must enroll at UK beginning in the fall semester following high school graduation. In unique situations, however, students may appeal to have their scholarship offer deferred.

To do so, students would need to write an official letter of appeal and submit it directly to the Office of Admissions. Documentation supporting the need to defer the scholarship offer must be submitted along with the letter of appeal. A scholarship deferral decision is independent of an admission deferral. The granting of one does not guarantee the granting of the other. Please contact the Office of Admissions with questions regarding the appeals process at (859) 257-2000.

 

Do I have to apply for need-based financial aid to receive an academic-based scholarship?

No, financial need is not a factor in the academic-based scholarship process. When applying for other scholarships at UK, please check scholarship requirements to see if completion of the FAFSA is required for consideration.

Information regarding the FAFSA and need-based aid at UK can be found at www.uky.edu/FinancialAid

 

Are there scholarships available at UK for students who declare a specific major?

While academic-based scholarships are open to all majors, several departments on campus do offer scholarships specific to certain majors. A link to the various areas can be found online at www.uky.edu/financialaid/college-departmental.

These awards are made independently of the academic-based scholarships and may require additional paperwork with varying deadlines. Departmental scholarships may be received in additional to academic-based scholarships.

 

What other kinds of financial assistance does UK offer besides academic-based scholarships?

There are three main areas to look for funding at UK, one being the Office of Academic Scholarships. In addition, students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA form to be considered for need-based aid through the UK Student Financial Aid Office. Departmental scholarships are also offered for some majors at UK. A link to the various areas can be found online at www.uky.edu/financialaid/college-departmental. These awards are made independently of the academic-based scholarships and may require additional paperwork with varying deadlines. Departmental scholarships and need-based aid may be received in additional to academic-based scholarships. Students are also encouraged to check ScholarshipUniverse for additional external and internal scholarship opportunities at uky.scholarshipuniverse.com. Students must be admitted to UK and have a UK linkblue email and password to log in. Each external scholarship opportunity a student sees on SU has gone through an extensive vetting process to ensure the scholarship is offered through a reliable and authentic source.

 

I was offered a UK freshman academic scholarship last fall, but decided to attend another university. I would now like to transfer to UK. Can I still receive my previous scholarship offer?

Unfortunately, we are not able to re-award past scholarship offers. Once a student attends another university following high school graduation, they are considered a transfer student for academic scholarship purposes and are not eligible to receive new freshman scholarship offers.

As academic scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis, in order to apply for transfer scholarships, students must be enrolled full-time in the spring semester at their current institution and plan to transfer to UK in the fall semester. We do not offer spring only scholarships. Information regarding transfer academic scholarships can be found at www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-transfer-students.

 

Is a scholarship interview required?

On-campus scholarship interviews are only required for those chosen from the Competitive Scholarship applicant pool.

 

I am a Kentucky Governor's Scholar and I plan to transfer from/to the University of Kentucky. Can my GSP Scholarship transfer?

Unfortunately, we are not able to re-award past scholarship offers. Kentucky Governor's Scholar Scholarships are institutionally funded (not awarded through the state) and, therefore, are non-transferable between institutions.

 

Additionally, once a student attends another university following high school graduation, they are considered a transfer student for academic scholarship purposes and are not eligible to receive new freshman scholarship offers. For information regarding transfer academic scholarships, please visit www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-transfer-students.

 

Eligibility - Including Optional ACT/SAT

 

Which ACT and SAT scores are considered for academic scholarships?

Eligibility for academic scholarship consideration is based on the highest ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing (M+EBRW) total score from one test date. Combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered for scholarship awards.

 

If I retake the ACT or SAT and my scores increase, can I be reconsidered for academic scholarships?

Test scores and GPA may be updated through December 1st for competitive and academic scholarship consideration. All updates should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. 

 

Will my December ACT or SAT scores arrive in time to the University of Kentucky to be used for competitive scholarship consideration?

Students applying for academic and competitive scholarships must have qualifying ACT or SAT scores on file in the Office of Admission by December 1, therefore December test scores may not be used for academic or competitive scholarship consideration. To verify if a score has been received by UK, please contact the UK Office of Undergraduate Admission at (859) 257-2000.

 

My student took the ACT (or SAT) Test. Will my student be disadvantaged by submitting test scores?

The approach to scholarship decisions is to use the information that the students provide which benefits the student the most. Students are not penalized or rewarded by applying with or without test scores. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, some students have not had the same access to taking standardized exams and therefore, to be as fair as possible, we have provided an option for students unable to take an exam. 

 

Can my 7th semester GPA be used to be reconsidered for academic scholarships?

GPA and test scores may be updated through December 1st for academic and competitive scholarship consideration. Transcripts reflecting six semesters, through the junior year of high school, are accepted. All updates should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

 

What if I meet one criterion and not the other?

Students must meet both the minimum ACT/SAT score and GPA requirement in order to be considered for that level of scholarship if applying with traditional criteria. Freshman applicants for 2022-2023 may choose to apply for academic-based scholarships as test optional, where a higher high school GPA can be submitted for scholarship consideration without a test score.

 

What if I am off on one (or both) of the criteria by only 10 points or .01 GPA?

Students must meet both the minimum ACT/SAT score and GPA requirements in order to be considered for that level of scholarship if applying with traditional criteria. Freshman applicants for 2022-2023 may choose to apply for academic-based scholarships as test optional, where a higher high school GPA can be submitted for scholarship consideration without a test score. There is no flexibility in meeting the minimum requirements.

 

Are transfer students considered for academic scholarships?

The University of Kentucky administers a scholarship program for transfer students, which provides academic and competitive awards. Scholarship opportunities for transfer students will be announced online at www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-transfer-students.

 

Will students who graduate early (December) from high school and then begin college the following spring semester (a few weeks later) be considered for academic scholarships?

Unfortunately, no. All academic-based scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis and are not offered to students who enter the university mid-year. We do not offer spring only scholarships.

 

Application and Deadline

 

Do I have to be admitted before receiving an academic scholarship offer?

Yes, students must be admitted to UK through the Office of Undergraduate Admission in order to be eligible to receive an academic scholarship offer.

For academic and competitive scholarship consideration, students must be admitted and have all supporting documents on file, including high school transcript by December 1st. Students must provide a high school transcript reflecting a qualifying GPA if applying test optional, or a high school transcript reflecting a qualifying GPA as well as qualifying ACT/SAT scores if applying under traditional criteria on file by December 1st.

 

How do I apply for freshman competitive academic scholarships?

Students with a minimum test score of 31 ACT or 1390 SAT (M+EBRW) and a minimum GPA of 3.50 are encouraged to apply for the University of Kentucky's competitive academic scholarships. Test optional applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 4.0. To apply, students must complete the competitive academic scholarship section of the Undergraduate Admission application by December 1st. Students must also have a qualifying test score and high school transcript with qualifying GPA on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the December 1st scholarship deadline.

Students that have previously submitted the Undergraduate Admission application without completing the competitive academic scholarship section, may still apply by completing a Lewis Honors College and Competitive Academic Scholarship supplement. This document is only available upon request from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Please be aware that this document must be on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by December 1st for competitive scholarship consideration, and should only be completed if the admission application has already been submitted.

 

I have already submitted my Undergraduate Admission application without completing the competitive academic scholarship section, is there a way I can still be considered for these awards?

Prior to December 1st, students that have previously submitted the Undergraduate Admission application without completing the competitive academic scholarship section may still apply by completing a "Lewis Honors College and Competitive Academic Scholarship" supplement. This document is only available upon request from the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Please be aware that this document must be on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by December 1st for competitive scholarship consideration, and should only be completed if the admission application has already been submitted.

 

It is after December 1st, can I still be considered for freshman competitive academic scholarships?

No, students must complete and submit the competitive academic scholarship section of the Undergraduate Admission application by the December 1st deadline. In addition, students must have a qualifying test score and high school transcript with qualifying GPA on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by December 1st.

 

Has UK received my high school transcript for scholarship consideration?

To verify if a high school transcript has been received by UK, please contact the UK Office of Undergraduate Admission at (859) 257-2000.

 

Are letters of recommendation required for academic scholarship consideration?

No, letters of recommendation are not needed nor considered in the academic scholarship review process. This is to ensure that a scholarship award is not based on the writing ability of another individual.

 

Award Notification

 

How will I be notified if I have earned an academic scholarship award?

Scholarship recipients are notified by mail to the address listed on their admission application. Academic scholarship offers are expected to be mailed by March 1st. Competitive academic scholarship offers are mailed by March 15th.

 

When will I be notified if I have been selected to receive an academic-based scholarship?

Academic scholarship offers are expected to be mailed by March 1st. Competitive academic scholarship offers are mailed by March 15th.

 

When will I find out if I have been chosen for a competitive scholarship interview?

Competitive academic scholarship applicant information is reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore, we encourage students to apply as early as possible. Interviews will begin in early February and continue through early March. 

Students will be notified by telephone, to the phone number listed on their admission application, if chosen for an on-campus competitive scholarship interview by early March.

All students will be notified of their academic scholarship status by March 15th. 

Selection of competitive scholarship recipients is highly competitive. The number of competitive interviews and recipients vary each year depending on the applicant pool and available funding.

 

How do I accept my academic scholarship once I am awarded?

Please complete the following steps to accept or decline your scholarship offer on your myUK portal:

Do not use the back arrow button while on the myUK site; please use the tabs to navigate through the screens.

  1. If you agree to these terms and conditions, you may accept the Scholarship offer online by logging into your myUK portal at https://myuk.uky.edu. Your student ID number and temporary passcode were included with your acceptance letter from the UK Office of Admission. The following browsers are recommended for the myUK portal: Chrome and Firefox. If you need assistance logging into your myUK portal, please contact the UK IT HelpDesk at 859-218-4357 or 218help@uky.edu.
  2. After logging in to the myUK portal please go to Student Services > Financials > Financial Aid > Academic Year.
  3. On the Home Page, make certain the Academic Year is correct.
  4. Select the ‘View and Accept Awards” tab at the top of the page. Accept the terms and conditions of your scholarship by clicking the ‘I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions for Scholarships’ box, then click ‘Submit'.
  5. To accept the scholarship, click on ‘Review Amount and Accept’ for the scholarship. Be sure to confirm your acceptance by clicking on the ‘Accept’ box that appears.

 

I received an academic scholarship offer, but is this all of the funding I will receive from UK?

Students who are eligible to receive additional state, federal, or institutional funding will receive official notification from the UK Student Financial Aid Office in April. The Financial Aid Notification will list all need-based and non-need-based aid a student is eligible to receive at UK. This notification may include such aid as KEES, PELL, loan eligibility, grants, departmental scholarships, and academic-based scholarships.

Students are also encouraged to check ScholarshipUniverse for additional external and internal scholarship opportunities at uky.scholarshipuniverse.com. Students must be admitted to UK and have a UK linkblue email and password to log in. Each external scholarship opportunity a student sees on SU has gone through an extensive vetting process to ensure the scholarship is offered through a reliable and authentic source.

For questions regarding your Financial Aid Notification, please contact the UK Student Financial Aid Office at (859) 257-3172. Students may be required by the UK Student Financial Aid Office to accept their financial aid package via their online myUK account. 

 

Are there any academic scholarships that I can apply for after my freshman year at UK?

The Office of Academic Scholarships does administer a scholarship program for currently-enrolled UK students. Applications are taken each May from students who meet the cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better at UK.

 

My older student/sibling went to UK and they received a better award and their scores/application wasn’t as good/strong as my younger student. Why is that?

Academic and competitive scholarship criteria are evaluated every year to best reflect the academic strengths of each incoming class. It is possible that criteria have changed in the time since your older student/sibling applied for scholarships at UK. Additionally, in response to the ongoing global pandemic, we allowed students to apply for admission and scholarships without test scores, as access to the ACT and SAT were limited for incoming students. Scholarships are awarded as funds are available, so application date is also an important factor in what a student was awarded.

Students already receiving a 4-year academic scholarship from the Office of Academic Scholarships are not eligible to apply for these awards.

 

My classmate received an academic scholarship offer from UK, but they are planning to attend another university. May I use their scholarship or will it be re-awarded to another student?

No, we do not re-award academic scholarships that are not accepted by their original recipient. We anticipate this occurrence and award academic scholarships to a larger number of students than we expect to enroll, based on past enrollment data and analysis.

 

I have been offered a larger scholarship package from another institution. Can the University of Kentucky match the funds I am promised by other schools?

All students are awarded based on their application status, academic performance, leadership credentials, and other assessment criteria established by the university. Scholarship awards are made with respect to a student's standings within UK's scholarship applicant pool and within our financial budgets.

Unfortunately, we are not able to match offers from other institutions. We encourage you to take into consideration the costs (tuition and other expenses) of the different schools when comparing scholarship offers, as a higher scholarship dollar value does not guarantee a lower net cost of attendance. You should also consider which institution's program will more adequately meet your academic objectives and the renewal criteria of all scholarships offered. All of the above will help you determine which award package is best for you.

 

My scholarship is supposed to cover tuition, but the numbers on the UK Financial Aid Notification and my scholarship value do not match, why?

The UK Office of Student Financial Aid must calculate a Cost of Attendance budget for each student. The value listed for tuition on the Financial Aid Notification calculation is only an estimate of tuition charges and is not a bill. The tuition scholarship amount listed is determined by what is expected to be a student's actual tuition charge and mandatory fees.

Additionally, some University of Kentucky classes have additional course or programming charges that are not covered under the tuition and mandatory fees. It is the student's responsibility during registration to be aware of those additional charges that are not covered.

 

Why doesn't the tuition scholarship cover all of the fees related to my classes?

Some University of Kentucky classes have additional course or programming charges that are not covered under the tuition and mandatory fees. It is the student's responsibility during registration to be aware of those additional charges that are not covered and to make timely payments in order to avoid additional late payment penalties.

 

Why was my academic scholarship amount reduced?

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is required to monitor and adjust students’ financial aid awards, including institutional scholarships, to eliminate overawards and/or overpayments in compliance with federal and state regulations and institutional policy. The monetary value of this scholarship may be adjusted if, in combination with any federal, state, or private need-based or non need-based awards, this scholarship creates an overaward. Please visit University Financial Aid Over-Award Policy to view the University’s Financial Aid Overaward Policy. Additionally, the combination of tuition-based scholarships from all sources may not exceed the total cost of tuition. Students who qualify for a tuition-specific scholarship or grant and Family Education Program (FEP) funds shall only be awarded these up to the cost of tuition.

For questions regarding your student cost of attendance budget, please contact the UK Student Financial Aid Office at (859) 257-3172.

 

Can I receive both a tuition scholarship and Family Education Program funds?

According to University Financial Aid Over-Award Policy a student cannot receive tuition-based scholarships, grants, or waivers from multiple sources that exceed the student’s actual tuition assessment. The terms of payment of the UK Family Education Program (FEP) further clarify University Financial Aid Over-Award Policy as it states that “If there are other tuition-eligible awards credited for the student, then the FEP discount will apply and the remaining awards will be adjusted (reduced). For this purpose it must be included in the student’s financial aid package and may result in adjustments of other student financial aid. FEP discounts can only be applied for, even if submitting late, the term for which the discount is requested.”

Students who qualify for a tuition-specific scholarship or grant and FEP funds shall only be awarded these up to the cost of tuition. Other University Financial Aid Over-Award Cost-of-Attendance rules also apply. Controls and procedures have been put in place to ensure compliance with the University Financial Aid Over-Award Policy and terms of payment of UK Family Education Program (FEP).   

 

How many of each scholarship are offered in the competitive academic scholarship program?

The number of each competitive academic scholarship offered varies each year depending on the qualified applicant pool and available funding.

 

Scholarship Renewal

 

What are the scholarship renewal requirements for an academic scholarship?

For four-year renewable academic scholarships, such as the Patterson, Presidential, Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship, and Provost Scholarships, students are required to maintain full-time status (minimum 12 hours each semester) and achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Singletary Scholarship recipients are required to achieve a 3.40 cumulative GPA. Scholarship eligibility is checked at the end of the spring terms.

Please keep a copy of and review your scholarship terms and conditions form for any specifics regarding renewal requirements.

 

Will my summer grades count toward my cumulative GPA for scholarship renewal purposes?

Scholarship eligibility is checked at the end of each spring term. Any courses taken during the summer intersession will not count toward your cumulative GPA for scholarship purposes until the close of the following spring term. This means that summer grades will be factored into your cumulative GPA at the close of the next spring term.

 

Will my winter intersession grades and hours count for scholarship renewal purposes?

Scholarship eligibility is checked at the end of each spring term. Any courses taken during the winter intersession will count toward your cumulative GPA and credit hour enrollment requirement for scholarship purposes at the close of the spring term. 

 

What if I lost my scholarship eligibility, can I earn it back at a later date if my GPA improves or if I am full-time?

Students receiving renewable academic-based scholarships are granted one semester of scholarship probation. Scholarship funds will not be provided during the probationary semester. A scholarship recipient whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, but not lower than 2.000, at the May grade review, will be placed on scholarship probation for the following term. A scholarship will be reinstated for a student on probation only if the student completes twelve (12) semester hours and earns a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher by the end of the probationary semester. There is no probationary semester for students who drop below full-time status or cumulative GPA drops below 2.0.  

 

Do I need to be enrolled full-time in order to receive my academic scholarship?

Yes, students receiving academic scholarships must be enrolled full-time (minimum 12 hours) at the beginning of each semester. Students who drop a course may be liable for the expenses incurred. Scholarship money credited to the payment of dropped courses may be removed and the student may be billed for any costs incurred.

Students who fail to complete and pass twenty-four (24) hours per academic year (August-May) will lose the remainder of their scholarship.  A scholarship student that fails to complete (9) hours during any fall or spring term will automatically forfeit the remainder of the scholarship with no probationary period allowed.

 

What if I graduate early from UK and do not use all eight (8) semesters of my academic scholarship?

Renewable academic scholarships are available to students for a total of eight (8) semesters, fall and spring, of undergraduate study. Funds may not be used for graduate school. Students who plan to graduate early (in less than 8 semesters), may appeal to receive scholarship funding for a winter or summer session. Please contact the Academic Scholarship Office at academicscholar@lsv.uky.edu to request the appeal form for winter or summer funding.

 

I am a current UK student receiving an academic scholarship. I will be co-oping, studying abroad, or completing an internship next semester, how will that affect my academic scholarship?

Students participating in a UK approved co-op, study abroad, or internship experience may choose to receive academic scholarship funds as usual during that term or defer academic scholarship funds to a later semester.

Students must enroll in the appropriate UK approved course in order to maintain continuous enrollment and be eligible to receive funding. Please check with your academic advisor or study abroad advisor for assistance in enrolling in the appropriate course.

Please notify the Office of Academic Scholarships of your intent to complete a semester of experiential education by contacting our office to complete the appropriate paperwork prior to the beginning of your semester away. You may stop by our office in Room 217 Funkhouser or email us at academicscholar@lsv.uky.edu

 

Can I use my academic scholarship during a summer term or winter intersession?

Renewable academic scholarships are available to students for a total of eight (8) semesters, fall and spring, of undergraduate study. Funds may not be used for graduate school. Students who plan to graduate early (in less than 8 semesters), may appeal to receive scholarship funding for a winter or summer session. Please contact the Academic Scholarship Office at academicscholar@lsv.uky.edu to request the appeal form for winter or summer funding.

 

I plan to enroll in the University Scholars Program during my senior year. May I still receive my renewable undergraduate scholarship while taking graduate level courses?

Yes, you may still receive the fourth year of the scholarship since you will be taking undergraduate and graduate level courses at the same time.