Financial Aid & Scholarships

The University of Kentucky offers a number of resources for student financial aid. Visit the Student Financial Aid website for a complete guide to what's available and how to apply.


The UK College of Nursing offers several scholarships for undergraduate students.

View a complete list of College of Nursing scholarship descriptions

The average scholarship award is $1,000-$2,000, and both the scholarships and amounts available to award vary from year to year. 

Recipients are awarded for one academic year and disbursed in equal amounts in the fall and spring semesters unless otherwise stated in the award notification. If a recipient is graduating in Decemeber (at the end of the fall semester), the award will be for the fall semester only.     

Most scholarships are renewable, provided the recipient continues to meet the terms of the scholarship and makes reasonable academic progress. View UK’s Reasonable Academic Progress PolicyEven if the scholarship is renewable, students must apply annually for continued support. Some scholarships have minimum GPA requirements. Any student who fails to maintain the minimum GPA will be ineligible to have the scholarship renewed. 

Scholarship applications 

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the College of Nursing and be in good academic standing. Priority in awarding scholarship funds is given to those students who have high financial need. 

Applications will be reviewed by the College of Nursing’s scholarship committee, who will then determine all scholarship awards.  Applicants are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. 

How to apply 

Complete the 2022-23 College of Nursing Undergraduate Scholarship Application if you are requesting aid for Fall 2022 through Spring 2023 academic year and are one of the following:

  • Professional nursing student currently taking NUR courses at UK, including students who will graduate in December 2022
  • UK pre-nursing major who has not yet been accepted to the professional nursing program but submitted an admission application by March 1, 2022
  • Currently enrolled Accelerated BSN Student (includes Second Degree, LPN-BSN and MedVet)
  • Transfer student who has been accepted to UK and is being considered for admission to the professional nursing program

The application is now open and the deadline to apply is April 15, 2022. Please apply at Scholarship Universe.

Award recipients and non-recipients will be notified before the new academic year begins via Scholarship Universe. 

The College adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Scholarship Brunch

Hosted annually by the College of Nursing, this event provides an opportunity for donors and their families to meet the recipients of the scholarships they have established. All scholarship award recipients are expected to attend.  

Academic Excellence Scholarships

Funds are received from the UK Office of Academic Scholarships for these scholarships. All students are automatically considered for an Academic Excellence Scholarship when they complete the College of Nursing Undergraduate Scholarship Application and attachments. 

UK Scholarship Opportunities

Legacy Tuition Program
The Office of Academic Scholarships also offers the Legacy Tuition Program for non-resident students, including transfer students. Through this program, UK offers partial tuition awards to eligible non-resident undergraduate children of UK graduates. Check the Financial Aid website for more information.

UK Employee Education Program
If you work full time for UK, you are eligible for up to eight credit hours in free tuition each semester. More information can be found through Human Resources benefits.

UK HealthCare Nursing Educational Award
Please contact the UKHC nurse recruitment office at 859-323-5851 for more information.

UK Student Financial Aid

UK Academic Scholarships

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Occasionally the College of Nursing receives information about scholarship opportunities from outside agencies. This information is made available to students through The Dose, the College's biweekly enewsletter, and on monitors throughout the College of Nursing Building.

There are many scholarships available. Plan to spend time researching online to find them by entering “nursing school scholarship.” Check with the armed forces (any branch — UK has Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC on campus), parents’ employers, hospitals (nurse recruitment or human resources), non-profit organizations, nursing organizations, private lending institutions and local, state or federal agencies. Additional information can be found on the following websites:

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

Kentucky Board of Nursing

Other Nursing Scholarships
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Rosellen Dee Pearsall Nurse Scholarship
National Black Nurses Association Scholarship
National Hispanic Nurses Association Scholarship Program 
National CPR Association 


For questions or more information, contact Brittany Fiero, Recruitment Coordinator, at or (859) 323-6227.