Fall 2021 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, 2020. Scholarship awards will be offered pending early application and availability of funds. 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. As with any year, there are limited scholarship funds, so please be sure to apply early. All students who apply by the Early Action deadline of December 1, 2020, regardless of applying with or without an ACT/SAT test score, will be considered pending availability of funds. Please note that academic-based awards are not automatically awarded and that offers for these scholarships are provided as funds are available. For fullest consideration, we urge students to apply as soon as possible and prior to December 1, 2020. 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
3.30 & 28 ACT/1300 SAT
3.50
3.75
$2,500
$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*
Patterson Selective National Merit Finalist or College Board National Recognition Program Scholar**; National Merit Finalists must list UK as college choice with National Merit Scholarship Corporation; College Board National Recognition Program Scholars must contact the Academic Scholarship Office with required documentation National Merit Finalist or College Board National Recognition Program Scholar**; National Merit Finalists must list UK as college choice with National Merit Scholarship Corporation; College Board National Recognition Program Scholars must contact the Academic Scholarship Office with required documentation Full in-state tuition
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.

**Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT during the junior year of high school and are African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural area or small town, may be invited to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs. College Board National Recognition Program Scholars must email official documentation of recognized scholar status to the Academic Scholarship Office at academicscholar@lsv.uky.edu.

 

Non-Residents

Scholarship Type Traditional Criteria
(Unweighted GPA)
Test Optional Criteria
(Unweighted GPA)
Annual Amount
Bluegrass Spirit Academic 3.00 & 25 ACT/1200 SAT
3.50 & 25 ACT/1200 SAT
3.50 & 30 ACT/1360 SAT
3.50
3.60
3.80
$8,000
$10,000
$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*
Patterson Selective National Merit Finalist or College Board National Recognition Program Scholar**; National Merit Finalists must list UK as college choice with National Merit Scholarship Corporation; College Board National Recognition Program Scholars must contact the Academic Scholarship Office with required documentation National Merit Finalist or College Board National Recognition Program Scholar**; National Merit Finalists must list UK as college choice with National Merit Scholarship Corporation; College Board National Recognition Program Scholars must contact the Academic Scholarship Office with required documentation Full out-of-state tuition

*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.

**Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT during the junior year of high school and are African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural area or small town, may be invited to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs. College Board National Recognition Program Scholars must email official documentation of recognized scholar status to the Academic Scholarship Office at academicscholar@lsv.uky.edu.

 

To Apply

Academic Scholarships

Students who meet the traditional or test optional minimum criteria, apply for admission and submit all supporting documents as soon as possible but by no later than December 1, 2020, will be considered pending availability of funds. 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 as soon as possible but by no later than December 1, 2020, 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.

Selective Scholarships

Students must have completed the prestigious programs listed. Students who apply for admission as soon as possible but by no later than December 1, 2020, will be considered pending availability of funds. No additional application is required.

 

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. The requirements for incoming freshmen applicants for this competitive scholarship program will be announced in mid-September. 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.