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Incoming International Undergraduate Scholarships

International Ambassador Scholarships 

From $3,000 to 50% of tuition; competitive; renewable. 

  • A one page essay describing how you could serve as a student ambassador to the university, as well as any experiences you have in leadership and volunteerism. 
  • One Letter of Recommendation 
  • Assessed non-resident tuition 
  • There is no GPA or SAT requirement. However, stronger academic backgrounds may result in higher scholarship awards. 
  • Deadline: February 15 

To apply: 
Please send your essay, letter of recommendation, name as it appears in your passport, your student ID number and your date of birth to, with the subject line "International Scholarship Selection Committee”.   

Please note that scholarships are awarded to admitted students; applicants with missing documentation may not be considered for scholarships.

Academic Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Students who meet the minimum criteria, apply for admission to University of Kentucky, and have all supporting documents on file by February 15, 2018, will be considered for academic scholarship awards. No scholarship application is required.

  • Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship  - Starting at $8,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study
. Minimum ACT score is 25 or SAT (M+CR) is 1200 
Min. GPA 3.00 unweighted high school GPA.

W.C. Parker Diversity Scholarship

Average of $5,000 per year; competitive; renewable.

  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Scholarship application with a 500-word essay on the topic: How I will contribute to diversity at the University of Kentucky
  • Deadline: December 1

To apply:

Departmental Scholarships

Deadlines, amounts and requirements vary by department. More information here: