The college has two types of scholarships for incoming freshmen: merit based and financial needs based. The average first year scholarship generally ranges from $1500 to $3000. One application serves for all Engineering scholarships available to first-year students. College of Engineering scholarships for incoming freshmen are not allowed to combine with Otis Singletary or Patterson Scholarships for National Merit Finalists.
To apply for a UK College of Engineering Scholarship, carefully complete the pre-application form (PDF) (online). The deadline for this Pre-Application is December 31st. If you meet the qualifications, you will be sent the full scholarship application with instructions at a later date.
Thomas Lester Scholarship Program
This competitive merit based program is available to new incoming freshmen students who have filled out an engineering scholarship application and have achieved ALL of the following: have at least a 29 ACT composite score (1280 SAT – CR+M), have scored at least a 33 ACT Math score (740 SAT), and have at least a 3.5 unweighted high school GPA. The Lester Scholarship Program allows students to receive a total of $12,000 over a 4 year (8 semester) period.
Financial Needs Based Scholarships
These freshman scholarships are awarded on the basis of the student’s high school grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, writing ability, leadership potential and financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA – www.fafsa.ed.gov). After the FAFSA is available in January, a longer Financial needs based scholarship application will be sent out to students who indicated financial need on their original Engineering scholarship application.
Each application will be reviewed by the College of Engineering Scholarship Committee designated by the Dean. The committee will decide if a scholarship will be awarded, and if so, the amount of the award. Typically financial needs based scholarships range between $1000 to $5000. Each year, the college awards approximately 15 new needs based scholarships.
For more information about our scholarships or other financial aid opportunities contact:
Mary Michael McDonald
College of Engineering
University of Kentucky
381 Ralph G. Anderson Building
Lexington, KY 40506
Phone: (859) 257-0569
Fax: (859) 257-5727