Singletary Scholars

Singletary Scholarship Experience

The Otis A. Singletary Scholars receive a prestigious merit scholarship for their future potential to lead lives of intellect, integrity, and service in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the world. The Singletary Scholarship Experience aims to cultivate the individual leadership capacity of Scholars via direct service-learning, dynamic classroom discussions, conversations with community leaders, and collaborative social-entrepreneurship. Singletary Scholars receive full tuition for four years, a two-year housing stipend, admission to the Lewis Honors College, and are enrolled in a three-course mentored experience.

Singletary Courses

Singletary Scholars have the privilege of taking three 1-credit courses designed to engage them in doing service and thinking critically about it, to cultivate and practice skills to create service organizations, and the development of leadership capabilities that connect their academic and service interests. Designed as fun, collaborative opportunities to engage and apply service-leadership, these courses also aim to develop a community of Singletary Scholars for academic support, mentorship, and networking.

Honors and Singletary 

As members of the Lewis Honors College, Singletary Scholars benefit from the interdisciplinary approach of exclusive course offerings, small student-centered classroom environments, priority registration with specialized honors academic advising, and professional opportunities and career counseling in the Center for Personal Development. The unique resources of the Honors College serve to position Singletary Scholars to achieve their academic and professional goals while integrating them into a community of scholars engaged across disciplines.

Building Capacity

The 2027 class will join the other Scholars in building the capacity of the Singletary program through the creation of service programs and organizations on campus and in the community, networking and alumni events, and engagement with current and future leaders in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Our aim is to build a program that is recognized as the premier merit scholarship at a world class honors college through of the leadership and service done by Singletary Scholars across the region and nation.

Contact Information

For information about requirements and applying for the scholarship, visit the UK Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

 If you are a prospective student and have questions regarding admission to the Lewis Honors College, please contact Director of Recruitment and Admission Rebecca Donovan:

Rebecca Donovan 
Lewis Honors College, U103

The Singletary Scholarship Experience is led by Senior Lewis Lecturer and Singletary Scholar Faculty Mentor Daniel Kirchner. Please contact him with any questions you have about the Singletary Scholarship Experience in person or via email:

Daniel J. Kirchner, Ph.D.
Lewis Honors College, U122B