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Out-of-State Freshmen

*Visit the "Policies and Guidelines" page for important information about these opportunities.  

*RaiseMe Dollars earned are included with these awards.

*Note: All scholarship recipients enrolled prior to the 2019-2020 academic year will continue to receive scholarship support at previous levels.

SMART Program

For new incoming freshmen entering EKU in the fall of 2020, the SMART Program will save them over $8,000 off annual out-of-state tuition costs. Students from SMART-designated states who have a high school GPA of 2.5 will be charged a tuition of $5,150 per semester ($10,300 per year).

Students who qualify for the SMART program are not eligible for any scholarships listed below.

Please Note: Students accepted into the EKU Honors Program may recieve the Provost Scholarship as part of their acceptance into the program as well as the SMART Program.

*SMART will be awarded during the summer on a per credit basis (please see above) for the 2020-21 school year (Summer 2021)

**Any online courses taken will not receive the SMART award due to the reduction in tuition compared to out of state tuition

***Students must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to receive SMART Award for summer.

Merit Scholarships

New freshmen who have 1) been admitted to EKU, 2) are non-Kentucky residents, and 3) are enrolling at EKU for the first time in the Fall semester are automatically considered for the following Merit Scholarships. (See Policies and Guidelines below for applicable deadlines.)

To discover which award you may qualify for, check out our Scholarship Estimator. 

Scholarship Name

Four Year Award

Annual Award

Semester Award 
(on campus)

Semester Award 
(off campus)

Renewal EKU GPA

Top Scholar






Boone Scholar






Pioneer Award






Premier Award






Chairman Award $32,000 $8,000 $4,000 $3,000 3.0
President Award* $24,000 $6,000 $3,000 $2,250 3.0
Provost Award $16,000 $4,000 $2,000 $1,500 2.5
Dean Award* $8,000 $2,000 $1,000 $750 2.5

*Please note: These scholarships are not related to the EKU achievement recognitions of Dean's or President's lists.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

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

IMPORTANT Policies & Guidelines Information

- Merit scholarships are only offered to students being admitted to the Fall semester.  Students who have previously enrolled at any other college or university (following high school graduation) are no longer eligible for new freshman student awards regardless of the number of credit hours earned, but may qualify for a transfer student scholarship. EKU does NOT make scholarship offers to students who are starting in the spring or summer terms.

-Students must be admitted to the University by February 1st. After February 1st, EKU may continue to make scholarship awards until funds are exhausted. For Merit Scholarship upgrade consideration, students have until March 1st to submit updated test scores and high school transcripts justifying an upgrade to the Admissions Office. There will be no additional upgrades to any Merit awards after March 1st. 

- Students need to apply for admission to be considered for the scholarships listed above.  For more information regarding admission, please visit  Qualified students will receive their official scholarship award letter and acceptance form after being admitted to the University. 

- For out-of-state students, if his/her residency changes to Kentucky (in-state status) at any point in the future, this may change his/her scholarship eligibility or award amount. 

- Scholarship acceptance must be completed and recorded by the Scholarship Office no later than May 1st. 

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

- If a student is participating in the Academic Common Market program, he/she will NOT be eligible for merit scholarships since he/she is already receiving a tuition waiver which reduces the tuition cost to the in-state level.

- View the Scholarship Estimator to see what academic scholarship you may qualify for in the upcoming academic year. Note: scholarship amounts may vary from year-to-year, so please revisit the Estimator often.

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