Instate Students

The information listed below is applicable to new freshman who are Kentucky residents enrolling at Eastern Kentucky University for the first time in the fall semester.  Merit scholarships are only offered to students being admitted to the fall semester.   We do not make scholarship offers to students who are starting in the spring or summer terms.  Students need to apply for admission to be considered for the scholarships listed below.  For more information regarding admission, please visit www.admissions@eku.edu.  Qualified students will receive a scholarship award letter and acceptance information upon admittance to the University.  The scholarship acceptance must be submitted via EKU Direct by May 1st. 

Students participating in Kentucky Early Graduation Certificate could be considered for scholarship awards.

Students enrolled in a 100% online degree program are not eligible for merit scholarships.

Please Note: After February 1, we will continue to make scholarship awards until the funds are exhausted. There will be no additional upgrades after March 1.
Please view EKU's scholarship estimator to see what academic scholarship you may be eligible for the upcoming academic year.

EKU Excellence Award

Four-year award of $52,000.  Scholarship of $6,500 per semester ($13,000 annually) for up to 8 semesters.  To retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled full time. Awards are adjusted if the student is not living in University residence halls.

EKU Founders Award

Four-year award of $40,000.  Scholarship of $5,000 per semester ($10,000 annually) for up to 8 semesters.  To retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled full time. Awards are adjusted if the student is not living in University residence halls.

Regents Scholarship

Four-year award of $24,000.  Scholarship of $3,000 per semester ($6,000 annually) for up to 8 semesters.  To retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled full time. 

**Students that completed the Governor Scholar Program with a high school grade point average of 3.75 or above and an ACT composite score from 25 to 28 will receive the Regents Scholarship with ALL tuition being covered.  Students will automatically receive an updated scholarship award letter after the priority February 1st deadline.   

Presidential Scholarship

Four-year award of $14,000.  Scholarship of $1,750 per semester ($3,500 annually) for up to 8 semesters.  To retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and be enrolled full time.

**Rogers Scholars with a high school grade point average of 3.4 or above and an ACT composite score of 23 or higher will qualify for the Presidential Scholarship.  Students will automatically receive an updated scholarship award letter after the priority February 1st deadline. 

Other Scholarship Opportunities:

Please note the scholarships listed below require separate applications and may have different deadlines.  Please click on the links below for more information.

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