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 2020-21 scholarship criteria; please use this only as a reference as this information will change. The 2021-22 scholarship criteria is currently under revision and review and will be announced in mid-September. 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, 2020, will be considered. Please check back soon for more information about the scholarship processes for students who choose not to have their test scores considered.
Students may receive only one academic-based scholarship through the Office of Academic Scholarships.
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.
Yes, students may receive Legacy Tuition funding in addition to an academic-based scholarship.
Yes, students may receive a William C. Parker Scholarship in addition to an academic-based scholarship.
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 ACT or SAT test scores and unweighted high school GPA requirements.
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.
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 addressed to the Scholarship Appeals Committee and submit it directly to the Office of Academic Scholarships. 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 Academic Scholarships with questions regarding the appeals process at (859) 257-4198 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ACT/SAT
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. Students who do not meet the minimum test score requirements cannot be considered for scholarship awards.
Test scores and unweighted 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.
For academic and competitive scholarship consideration, an unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale is used to determine eligibility for awards. Due to our geographically diverse scholarship applicant pool, only an unweighted GPA will be considered.
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.
A weighted GPA is typically presented on a 5.0 or 6.0 scale and gives extra weighting in the GPA calculation to advanced placement (AP) or honors courses. An unweighted GPA is typically presented on a 4.0 scale and gives equal weighting to all courses in the GPA calculation. This measurement is seen as a true mathematical average of all courses taken. An unweighted GPA uses the same calculations as used in determining a typical college grade point average.
Below is the equation used to calculate an unweighted grade point average:
|A||4 points||multiplied by the # of credits of A's = quality points|
|B||3 points||multiplied by the # of credits of B's = quality points|
|C||2 points||multiplied by the # of credits of C's = quality points|
|D||1 point||multiplied by the # of credits of D's = quality points|
|E/F||0 points||multiplied by the # of credits of E/F's = quality points|
*Add the total number of credits, then add the total number of quality points. Divide total quality points by the total number of credits to get an unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale.
For scholarship consideration, students attending high schools that do not provide an unweighted cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on the student's high school transcript will be converted to a 4.0 scale by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
For competitive and academic scholarship consideration, all applicant transcripts are reviewed and an unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale is calculated by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Unweighted 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.
Students must meet both the minimum ACT/SAT score and unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale requirement in order to be considered for that level of scholarship.
Students must meet both the minimum ACT/SAT score and unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale requirements in order to be considered for that level of scholarship. There is no flexibility in meeting the minimum requirements.
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.
Application and Deadline
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 qualifying ACT/SAT scores and high school transcript reflecting a qualifying unweighted GPA on file by December 1st.
Students with a minimum test score of 31 ACT or 1390 SAT (M+EBRW) and a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale are encouraged to apply for the University of Kentucky's competitive academic scholarships. 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 unweighted 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.
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 unweighted GPA on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admission by December 1st.
To verify if a high school transcript has been received by UK, please contact the UK Office of Undergraduate Admission at (859) 257-2000.
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.
Scholarship recipients are notified by mail to the address listed on their admission application. Academic scholarship offers are made on a rolling basis beginning in November until February. Competitive academic scholarship offers are mailed by March 1st.
Academic scholarship offers are made on a rolling basis, November through February. Competitive academic scholarship offers are mailed by March 1st.
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 late November and continue through January.
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 late January.
All students will be notified of their academic scholarship status by March 1st.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The amount of all UK scholarship awards in combination with any federal, state, or private need-based or non-need-based awards (for example, KEES Scholarship) for each academic year may not exceed the total academic year cost of attendance as determined by the UK Office of Student Financial Aid. If the total monetary value of UK scholarships and any federal, state, or private need-based or non-need-based awards for any student exceeds this dollar figure, the Student Financial Aid Office will adjust the monetary value of any academic scholarships accordingly each year.
For questions regarding your student cost of attendance budget, please contact the UK Student Financial Aid Office at (859) 257-3172.
The number of each competitive academic scholarship offered varies each year depending on the qualified applicant pool and available funding.
For four-year renewable academic scholarships, such as the Singletary, 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 each semester. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In addition, students may not receive scholarship funds early and may not apply the funds to summer or winter intersession terms.
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 email@example.com
No, academic scholarships can only be received during fall and spring semesters.
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.