William C. Parker Diversity Scholarship Program

This scholarship promotes the University of Kentucky’s Strategic Vision of Diversity and Inclusion. In order to obtain the educational benefits of a diverse student body, the University will aggressively admit and retain students from all segments of society including students of different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, sexes, sexual orientation, gender identities, disability status, religious traditions, political beliefs, and geographic backgrounds. Factors which are considered in the holistic evaluation of William C. Parker Scholarship applicants include contribution to diversity, test scores, grades, essay, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, awards and recognition, and community service.  

Awards will be based on the applicant’s ranking within the competitive pool, with values varying based on meritorious criteria. 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. 

Incoming freshmen applicants for this competitive scholarship program must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.50.  

To apply, incoming freshman students must apply for admission, complete the William C. Parker scholarship section of the admission application, and submit all supporting documents to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. A student’s scholarship application will not be reviewed until they have been admitted to the University of Kentucky. 

Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2022* 
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023*. However, early application is encouraged. 

*If a deadline falls on a weekend, the application will remain open until 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the following Monday. 


Incoming transfer students interested in applying for this competitive scholarship should visit: http://www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-transfer-students.  

Currently enrolled UK students interested in applying for this competitive scholarship should visit: http://www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-current-students 


For more information concerning the William C. Parker Scholarship Program, please contact: 

Asia Payne, Director  
William C. Parker Scholarship Program  
217 W.D. Funkhouser Building  
Lexington, KY 40506-0054  

P: (859) 323-6334  
E: asia.payne@uky.edu