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O'Donnell Scholarship

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The O’Donnell Scholarship provides an opportunity for persons aged 65 and older to become students at Eastern Kentucky University by enrolling in any courses listed available via EKU Direct.

Acceptance is based upon available space and may require the consent of the instructor or pre-requisites. O’Donnell Scholars may audit classes (with no exams, papers or other assignments required), take classes for credit but not work toward a degree, or take classes for credit and be a degree candidate. When O’Donnell Scholars are non-degree candidates, there is no requirement regarding previous educational attainment to audit a course or take a course for credit. However, to work toward a degree, the O’Donnell Scholar must meet the same admissions criteria as any other university student. The student must be a Kentucky Resident. There is no limit on the number of semesters a person may enroll.

O’Donnell Scholars are responsible for the cost of any required materials, parking permits and applicable income taxes. Tuition and fees are paid through funds authorized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Federal Direct Student Loan Program guidelines require that the O’Donnell Scholarship be considered "financial aid" and be included in a student's total financial aid award. The amount of the tuition and fees is included when calculating the total dollar amount of financial aid to which a student is entitled. The tuition is considered taxable income when classes are not taken toward a degree (audited or non-degree credit). Continuing education courses are excluded from the O’Donnell Scholarship Program because of the special provisions under which they are administered.

The admission application deadlines are as follows:  August 1 for the Fall Semester, December 1 for the Spring Semester, April 15 for the first Summer Session and May 15 for the second Summer Session. In order to qualify, you must be 65 a month prior to the beginning of the term in which you plan to enroll. 

Note that after you are admitted, you are flagged as an O'Donnell Scholar.  Then you are ready to register for classes and the scholarship will be on your account automatically by the end of the first week of classes.

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