Students who plan to attend the University of Kentucky often wonder how to best finance their education. One of the best ways to determine if you are eligible for scholarships is to complete the FAFSA application as early as possible. This form will quickly tell you whether you have qualified for any funding from the federal or state government. After completing the FAFSA, the next best step is to explore scholarships that are offered by UK. Some of these scholarships are only open to students who are majoring in certain fields, while other scholarships are open to any student who attends the University of Kentucky. Below is a list of scholarships:

“see blue.” Scholarship: This scholarship is open to incoming first time freshmen students who are residents of any state aside from Kentucky. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average and score at least a 25 on the ACT. This award provides a scholarship that is valued at $7,000 per year. The scholarship can be renewed for up to three additional years of study.

Kentucky Heritage Scholarship: This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen students who are considered out-of-state residents. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants are required to hold a 3.5 grade point average and score at least a 30 on the ACT. Students who are chosen as recipients for this scholarship can receive an award worth $10,000 per year, for a maximum of four years.

William C. Parker Diversity Scholarship: This scholarship provides awards that range in value from $5,000 to $15,000. Students are chosen for this scholarship based on a combination of leadership ability, grades, essay, community service, awards, and extracurricular activities. Additional information for this scholarship, the first two scholarships listed, and other merit based awards at University of Kentucky can be found here.

Transfer Excellent Scholarship: This scholarship provides an award worth $1,000 to students who are residents of KY. This award is open exclusively to students who are planning to transfer to UK with 24 credit hours and at least a 3.3 grade point average. This scholarship is not renewable. Additional information about this scholarship, and a list of other scholarships for transfer students, can be found at this link.

Scholarships for Nontraditional Students: University of Kentucky recognizes that many students who attend UK are not considered traditional students. As such, it has created a number of scholarships that are designed to meet the needs of these students. For example, the Child Care Grant aims to help students who are unable to afford child care while they are attending classes and completing requirements for school. Other scholarships, such as the UK Woman’s Club Scholarship, are offered to nontraditional students who are women. Both full-time and part-time students who are nontraditional students may be eligible for one of the nontraditional scholarships at UK. A full list of all available scholarships for nontraditional students can be found at this website.