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In-State Freshmen

*Visit the Policies & 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.

Merit Scholarships

New incoming freshmen who have 1) been admitted to EKU, 2) are 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.)

In light of the recent COVID-19 virus and the subsequent disruption to all of our normal activities, EKU has decided to extend our merit scholarship deadline. Our current deadline has been moved from May 1st to July 1st.  We want to give students and their family’s flexibility to complete all of the necessary higher education paperwork while still managing their educational responsibilities at home. 

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 Scholarship






Premier Scholarship**






Chairman Scholarship






President Scholarship*






Provost Scholarship***






Dean Scholarship*






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

  1. For scholarship renewals, students must be enrolled full-time.
  2. Student not residing in campus housing will receive reduced scholarship amounts.
  3. Scholarships are awarded for up to four (4) years, or eight (8) semesters.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarships listed below require separate applications and may have different deadlines.  Follow the links for more information.

Governor's Scholar Program

**Students who completed the Governor's Scholar Program with a high school grade point average of 3.75 or above and an ACT composite score from 25-28 will receive the Premier Award. Student who do not qualify for a higher award will automatically receive an updated scholarship award letter after the March 1st upgrade deadline.

Governor's School for the Arts Music Scholarship

All GSA alumni who plan to major in music.  Must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a minimum 20 ACT to qualify.  Must be admitted by March 1st.  Recipients must be fully admitted to EKU and the School of Music prior to being offered an award and must maintain an 2.5 EKU GPA.  Students may NOT receive both a GSA music scholarship and a regular music scholarship.  For more information, please contact Joe Carucci.

Governor's School for Entrepreneurs

Patterson Business Scholarship

We will be offering a scholarship through the College of Business and Technology for Kentucky Governor School for Entrepreneurship (GSE) program graduates. GSE graduates can apply for a $1000 a semester or $2000 a year scholarship through the Patterson Scholarship Program. The scholarship may be renewed annually and is stackable with other university, merit based scholarships. The minimum requirements are that the student must possess at least a minimum of a 24 ACT composite and the student must be in a major offered by the Management, Marketing, and International Business Department.

Please visit their website at for more information and a link to the application. The application requires: a transcript through their fall term of senior year, a letter of why you want to attend EKU and major in one of the business areas, three letters of recommendation, and a resume highlight high work-related events. The application and other supporting materials should be postmarked by March 1st for consideration.

Rogers Scholars Program

***Rogers Scholars with a high school grade point average of 3.5 or above and an ACT composite score of 21 or higher will qualify for the Provost Scholarship. Students who do not qualify for a higher award will automatically receive an updated scholarship award letter after the priority March 1st upgrade deadline.

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. 

- 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.

- 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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