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Scholarships for Current Students

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the student’s overall grade point average, writing ability, academic progress in Engineering and leadership potential. The scholarship application gives a good overview of each applicant’s development in those areas. Some scholarships are awarded based on need which we determine with the help of the UK Office of Student Financial Aid and the FAFSA.

Each application will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. The committee will decide if a scholarship will be awarded, and if so, the amount of the award.

The deadline is April 15 for the following school year. Recipients will be notified of the award offer by August 1.

Engineering scholarships are awarded for one academic year, in two equal amounts, for the fall and spring semesters.

Most engineering scholarships are partial scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The College of Engineering offers dozens of specific scholarships. However, one application serves for all available engineering scholarships.

Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and be a full-time student.

The application will be available in January and the deadline is April 15. Please apply at Scholarship Universe.

Ernest B. Ellis Foundation Honor Loan Program

The Ernest B. Ellis Foundation is a perpetual charitable trust established for the purpose of educating and defraying expenses during the course of study in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky.

Students applying for the Ellis Honor Loan must:

  • Be a graduate of a Kentucky high school
  • Be enrolled in one of the undergraduate departments of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering as a full-time student
  • Be a resident of the State of Kentucky
  • Show financial need  (must have a current FAFSA on file)

Students need to re-apply each semester. Approval of loans for subsequent semesters will require satisfactory progress through the Engineering curriculum. All beneficiaries of this Foundation shall be pledged to regard the loan as a debt of honor, without note or interest, to be repaid whenever able. Applications must include the original student signature (not electronic copies) as it is a loan document.

Application deadlines:

  • For fall semester: June 15
  • For spring semester: November 15

Ellis Honor Loan Application 


Please email the application to:

Mary-Michael Deskins 


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