Fall 2022 Freshmen

The University of Kentucky offers renewable academic, competitive and selective scholarship opportunities for incoming first-time freshmen. Completed admission application and all supporting documents, including high school transcript, must be received as soon as possible, but by no later than December 1, 2021 for scholarship consideration. Once admitted, eligible students are automatically considered for academic scholarships. Combined test scores (super-score) are not considered. For all scholarships listed, students may receive only one award.

The University of Kentucky is committed to making scholarship opportunities available to students who qualify, whether they apply with or without test scores. The University of Kentucky is a national leader in using extensive data assessment beyond test scores to evaluate students for scholarship awarding, including heavily weighing a student’s unweighted high school GPA. All eligible students who apply by the Early Action deadline of December 1, 2021, regardless of applying with or without an ACT/SAT test score, will be considered for academic scholarships. For fullest consideration, we urge students to apply as soon as possible and prior to December 1, 2021. For more information regarding our test optional for admission policy, visit go.uky.edu/testoptional.

 

Kentucky Residents

 

Scholarship Type Traditional Criteria
(unweighted GPA)
Test Optional Criteria
(unweighted GPA)
Annual Amount
Provost Academic 3.30 & 26 ACT/1230 SAT 3.50 $2,500
3.30 & 28 ACT/1300 SAT 3.75 $5,000
Presidential Competitive 3.50 & 31 ACT/1390 SAT 4.00 Full in-state tuition
Otis A. Singletary Competitive 3.80 & 33 ACT/1450 SAT 4.00 Full in-state tuition + housing stipend*
Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Presidential** Selective 3.50 & 31 ACT/1390 SAT; completion of Governor's Scholars, School for the Arts or School for Entrepreneurs program. 3.90; completion of Governor's Scholars, School for the Arts or School for Entrepreneurs program.  Full in-state tuition
Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Provost Selective

Completion of Governor's Scholars, School for the Arts or School for Entrepreneurs program

Completion of Governor's Scholars, School for the Arts or School for Entrepreneurs program

$2,500

Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Provost (Continued) Selective 3.30 & 28 ACT/1300 SAT; Completion of Governor's Scholars, School for the Arts or School for Entrepreneurs program

3.75; Completion of Governor's Scholars, School for the Arts or School for Entrepreneurs program

$5,000

*Housing stipend of $10,000 per year is available for students living on campus in a UK residence hall during the first two years of enrollment only.

**Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Presidential awards are made based on the availability of funds and the timing of application; an early application is strongly encouraged for scholarship consideration. Once admitted, eligible students that applied by December 1, 2021 will be reviewed and awarded based on information submitted through the application process. Please note, applying by the December 1 Early Action Deadline does not guarantee receipt of a Presidential Scholarship. Once admitted, eligible students that apply by December 1, 2021, will be reviewed and awarded based on availability of funds and information submitted through the application process.

 

Non-Residents

Scholarship Type Traditional Criteria
(Unweighted GPA)
Test Optional Criteria
(Unweighted GPA)
Annual Amount
Bluegrass Spirit Academic - 3.00 $5,000
3.00 & 25 ACT/1200 SAT 3.50 $8,000
3.50 & 25 ACT/1200 SAT 3.60 $10,000
3.50 & 30 ACT/1360 SAT 3.80 $12,500
Presidential Competitive 3.50 & 31 ACT/1390 SAT 4.00 Full out-of-state tuition
Otis A. Singletary Competitive 3.80 & 33 ACT/1450 SAT 4.00 Full out-of-state tuition + housing stipend*

*Housing stipend of $10,000 per year is available for students living on campus in a UK residence hall during the first two years of enrollment only.

 

To Apply

Academic Scholarships

Students who meet the traditional or test optional minimum criteria, apply for admission and submit all supporting documents, including high school transcript, as soon as possible, but by no later than December 1, 2021, will be considered for academic scholarships. Once admitted, eligible students are automatically considered for academic scholarships. No additional application is required.

Competitive Scholarships

Students must meet the traditional or test optional minimum criteria, apply for admission, complete the competitive scholarship section of the admission application and submit all supporting documents, including high school transcript, as soon as possible but by no later than December 1, 2021, to have their application reviewed in this highly competitive program. A limited number of awards will be offered. Selected applicants may be invited to campus for interviews. Please note, these scholarships are highly competitive. The University of Kentucky received over 2,200 competitive scholarship applications for the 2021-22 incoming Freshmen class and awarded 50 Presidential scholarships and 25 Otis A. Singletary scholarships.

Selective Scholarships

Students must have completed the programs listed. Once admitted, eligible students are automatically considered for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Provost Scholarship. Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Presidential awards are made based on the availability of funds and the timing of application; an early application is strongly encouraged for scholarship consideration. Please note, applying by the December 1 Early Action Deadline does not guarantee receipt of a Presidential Scholarship. Once admitted, eligible students that apply by December 1, 2021, will be reviewed and awarded based on availability of funds and information submitted through the application process.

 

All scholarship offerings are subject to change each year.    

 

Additional Opportunities

William C. Parker Diversity Scholarship

UK is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student population from all segments of society. For more information, visit go.uky.edu/parker.

 

College and Department Scholarships

Several colleges and departments at UK administer their own scholarship programs. Students who have chosen an academic program are encouraged to contact their college/department regarding scholarship opportunities. Requirements vary. Some UK colleges are now utilizing ScholarshipUniverse for departmental scholarship applications, but please check with your respective college regarding their specific scholarship procedures and deadlines. Contact information and webpages for the various UK colleges can be found at www.uky.edu/financialaid/college-departmental

ScholarshipUniverse

The University of Kentucky Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is excited to announce the launch of ScholarshipUniverse!

ScholarshipUniverse (SU) is an online scholarship platform that matches students to relevant, vetted external scholarship opportunities, as well as internal scholarships offered by the university. 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.

SU is now open for currently enrolled UK students and admitted prospective students who have a linkblue account. Students can login to complete the student profile and search and apply for external and internal scholarship opportunities. The external scholarship opportunities are available through sources outside of the University of Kentucky.

Some UK colleges are now utilizing ScholarshipUniverse for departmental scholarship applications, but please check with your respective college regarding their specific scholarship procedures and deadlines. Contact information and webpages for the various UK colleges can be found at www.uky.edu/financialaid/college-departmental

 


Institutional awards are not guaranteed. All students are considered based on timing of application, meeting requirements for admission, and doing so by established deadlines. Institutional aid programs are evaluation each year and are provided based on the availability of funds.