Out-of-State Freshmen

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

*Note: All scholarship recipients enrolled prior to the 2017-2018 academic year will continue to receive scholarship support at previous levels.

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. 

EKU Excellence Award

Four-year award of $52,000.  Scholarship of $6,500 per semester ($13,000 annually) for up to 8 semesters. (For students not residing in campus housing, scholarship of $4,500 per semester--or $9,000 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. Note: Students in certain markets may qualify for alternative assistance through the SMART program. 

EKU Founders Award

Four-year award of $40,000.  Scholarship of $5,000 per semester ($10,000 annually) for up to 8 semesters.  (For students not residing in campus housing, scholarship of $3,500 per semester--or $7,000 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. Note: Students in certain markets may qualify for alternative assistance through the SMART program. 

Regents Scholarship

Four-year award of $24,000.  Scholarship of $3,000 per semester ($6,000 annually) for up to 8 semesters.  (For students not residing in campus housing, scholarship of $2,000 per semester--or $4,000 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.  Note: Students in certain markets may qualify for alternative assistance through the SMART program.  

Presidential Scholarship 

Four-year award of $14,000.  Scholarship of $1,750 per semester ($3,500 annually) for up to 8 semesters. (For students not residing in campus housing, scholarship of $1,250 per semester--or $2,500 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.  Note: Students in certain markets may qualify for alternative assistance through the SMART program. 

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 (post 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 1.  After February 1, EKU may continue to make scholarship awards until available funds are exhausted. Students have until March 1 to submit information justifying a scholarship upgrade. There will be no additional upgrades after March 1st. 

- Students need to apply for admission to be considered for the scholarships listed above.  For more information regarding admission, please visit www.admissions.eku.edu.  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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