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Scholarship Opportunities

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At Eastern Kentucky University, we know what students want: scholarships! Wait, you haven’t checked out the scholarships we offer? Well, we have good news for you. EKU actually offers scholarships to in-state freshmen, out-of-state freshmen, transfer students, and current students.

Since we are confident that you’ll fall into one of these categories, we wanted to share more information about scholarships offered for each.

In-State Freshmen

If you are an incoming freshman who has been admitted to EKU, who is a Kentucky resident, and who is enrolling at EKU for the first time in the fall semester, you are automatically considered for Merit Scholarships. Merit scholarships offered for in-state freshmen include: Top Scholar, Boone, Scholar, Pioneer Award, Premier Award, Chairman Award, President Award, Provost Award, and Dean Award.

Other scholarship opportunities can be found through the Governor’s Scholar Program, Governor’s School for the Arts Music Scholarship, Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, and Rogers Scholars Programs.

Click here to learn more about scholarships for in-state freshmen.

Out-of-state freshmen

New freshmen who have been admitted to EKU, who are non-Kentucky residents, and who will be enrolling at EKU for the first time in the fall semester are also automatically considered for Merit Scholarships. These include: Top Scholar, Boone, Scholar, Pioneer Award, Premier Award, Chairman Award, President Award, Provost Award, and Dean Award.

There are numerous other scholarships for out-of-state freshmen as well. These include: EKU Alumni Legacy Scholarships and Tuition; Academic Common Market Waiver; Departmental and Office Scholarships; EKU Diversity Office Scholarship Program; EKU Foundation Scholarships; Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship; Honors Program Books-on-Loan Award; Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors Scholarship; New Horizons Minority Scholarship; Scholarships for Students with Disabilities; and Trailblazer Scholarship.

To learn more about potential scholarships, please click here.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may receive the following scholarships: Colonel Plus, Colonel, Maroon Plus, and Maroon. To receive these scholarships, students must have earned a minimum of 24 college credits and must be enrolled full-time and maintain an EKU GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students enrolled in 100% online programs and students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree are not eligible for these scholarships.

However, there are other scholarship opportunities for transfer students at EKU. These include: EKU Alumni Legacy Scholarships & Tuition; Academic Common Market Waiver; Departmental and Office Scholarships; EKU Diversity Office Scholarship Program; EKU Foundation Scholarships; EKU Honors Program Scholarships; Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship; Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors Scholarship, Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), Kentucky Dept. for Environmental Protection Scholarship, New Horizons Minority Scholarship, Scholarships for Students with Disabilities; and Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police Scholarship Program.

To learn more about scholarships for transfer students, please click here.

Current Students

Degree-seeking students who entered EKU in the summer or fall of the current year as a first-time freshmen and are returning the fall of next year, with at least an EKU GPA of 2.0 and a grade of C or better in all coursework, may be eligible for the Retention Scholarship. The Retention Scholarship was created to help retain EKU students that have completed their freshmen year and who have committed to returning to EKU in the fall of the next year.

Other scholarship opportunities for current students include: EKU Alumni Legacy Scholarships & Tuition; Departmental and Office Scholarships; Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship; EKU Diversity Office Scholarship Program; EKU Foundation Scholarship; Honors Program Scholarships; Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors Scholarship; Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship; Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES); Kentucky Dept. for Environmental Protection Scholarship; Scholarships for Students with Disabilities; Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police Scholarship Program; Kenton County (KY) Retired Teachers Association Scholarship; John Reginald “Reg” White Scholarship (Social Work); and James A. Wells, Sr. Veteran Scholarship.

To learn more about scholarships for current EKU students, please visit our website

As you can see, Eastern Kentucky University offers many scholarships for students! We are confident that you will find a scholarship that is perfect for you.

Be sure to use our Scholarship Estimator to determine which rewards you are eligible for. If you have any questions regarding scholarships and awards, please contact the EKU Scholarship Office at (859)-622-2361 and/or scholarships@eku.edu.

Go Colonels!

Published on October 27, 2018