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In-State Freshmen

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After being accepted into EKU, you will automatically be considered for our merit scholarships. No additional application is required.


Merit Scholarships

Scholarship Name

Eligibility Requirements

Annual Award

Semester Award

Renewal EKU GPA

Merit Tier 1

3.80 - 4.0 GPA* and ACT 28+

In-State Tuition**

In-State Tuition**


Merit Tier 2

3.80 - 4.0 GPA*




Merit Tier 3

3.30 - 3.79 GPA*




Merit Tier 4

3.0 - 3.29 GPA*





Governor's Scholar Program participants will automatically be awarded the equivalent of the Merit Tier I Scholarship. 


*unweighted GPA
**does not include fees, room or board

Please note: If you completed your GED and do not have a high school GPA, your GED test score will be converted to the comparable GPA using the formula: (total GED score)/(highest possible score) x 4.

Additional Scholarships

The Madison County "Promise"

EKU is proud of the long-standing partnership with our larger community, and we want students from our county to succeed. Now, many students can attend EKU for an even more affordable rate. Madison County, Kentucky residents with a 2.5-2.9 GPA qualify for a $1,000 scholarship.

The “Colonel Commitment” Scholarship

Kentucky residents who are Pell Grant-eligible may receive this scholarship, which will cover up to 100 percent of tuition and fees for first-year students who have a 3.0 high school GPA. This scholarship is intended to act as “gap funding” for any student who has exhausted all avenues of federal, state and institutional scholarship and grant assistance , and still has a remaining balance for tuition and required fees.

Access Scholarship

EKU is committed to a welcoming and inclusive environment.  The Access Scholarship awards $1,000 to in-state, diverse students who have earned a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher and a composite ACT score of 16 or higher; or have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher regardless of ACT score.

Opportunity Scholarship

Students who are Kentucky residents, have a minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 18 composite on the ACT and demonstrate financial need as determined by the 2021-2022 FAFSA receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. 

Other Scholarship Opportunities

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

IMPORTANT Policies & Guidelines Information

-To be considered for any of our Merit Scholarships, you must be admitted to the University as a new, first-time freshman by April 15.  Students who have previously enrolled at another college or university following high school graduation do not qualify.

-Updated transcripts and/or ACT scores received by March 1 will be considered for scholarship upgrades.  These decisions will be made and communicated via email by April 1.

- Scholarship acceptance must be completed no later than May 1.

-Students must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours).

-Scholarships are awarded for up to four (4) years or eight (8) semesters.

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

-To financially assist as many students as possible, we do not make multiple institutional scholarship awards. If you have already qualified for an academic award through a different category of eligibility, you will receive the award with the greater monetary value. This includes, but is not limited to, merit scholarships, state-mandated tuition waivers and EKU staff scholarships. 

-All academic-based scholarships and outside agency scholarships are required to be reported as part of your financial aid package.  You may not exceed the cost of attendance as determined by the EKU Office of Student Financial Assistance. If your total financial aid package exceeds the cost of attendance, the University reserves the right to adjust/reduce the amount of your aid or your scholarship accordingly.


*Note: All scholarship recipients enrolled prior to the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic year will continue to receive scholarship support at previous levels. For specific renewal requirements, please refer to your intital award notification. 

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