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Financial Aid and Scholarships

At UK Paducah, you can take advantage of three different scholarship sources: University of Kentucky scholarships, UK Paducah scholarships and West Kentucky Community and Technical College Scholarships. We want to give you the extra financial edge you need to succeed! Be sure to discuss financial aid opportunities with our staff when you contact us or come in for a visit.

For Freshmen and Sophomore Students (Deadline March 1)

1.)  Generous four-year scholarships are available through the College of Engineering Extended Campus Program in Paducah. The largest scholarship is the J.M. Harper Memorial Scholarship which covers full tuition, course fees and book costs for the entire four years. Learn more about Mr. Harper here.

The UK COE 2021-22 Scholarship Application can be printed, completed, and mailed to:

University of Kentucky
P.O. Box 7380
Paducah, KY 42002-7380

2.) Numerous academic and need-based awards are also available from WKCTC. You can apply for their scholarships through their online scholarship applicationNOTEStudents must sign and return the acceptance letter sent from WKCTC in order to receive automatic scholarships!

For Junior and Senior Students

To be considered for UK Paducah Awards, complete the Current Student Application by March 1 and return it to the Student Services Office. In addition to numerous UK Paducah and WKCTC scholarships, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the Trustees Scholarship for use at the Paducah campus.

  • Trustees Scholarship: Currently enrolled students that will earn their Associate’s in Science Degree with a 3.50 cumulative GPA by the end of the spring term are eligible to compete for a limited number of two-year renewable awards which cover the difference between UK in-state tuition and KCTCS in-state tuition. A final transcript must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission documenting spring grades and the awarding of an Associate’s in Science Degree by June 1st. Applicants must also submit a completed admissions application and all final college transcripts to the UK Office of Undergraduate Admission by June 15. The postmark deadline to submit the Trustees Scholarship application and all supporting documents is June 15. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.
  • Kentucky Tradition Scholarship: Currently enrolled students with 40 hours completed by the end of the spring semester (with at least 24 earned at UK Paducah/KCTCS) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 will be offered a $6,000 scholarship, payable as $3,000 per year for up to two years, or $1,500 per semester for up to four semesters. A final transcript must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission documenting spring 2014 grades by July 15th. This award may be offered in addition to the Trustees Scholarship.
  • Wildcat Welcome Scholarship: All other students with a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA who are currently enrolled and will have 24 hours by the end of the spring term will be offered a $1,500 one-year, non-renewable award, payable as $750 per semester for up to two semesters. A final transcript must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission documenting spring grades by July 15th. 

This award ranges from a one-year scholarship to the difference between WKCTC and UK tuition for the remaining two years.

Scholarship Opportunities

Paladin Engineering Scholarship – Award – $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) Minimum 3.0 GPA 

Arkema Scholarship – Engineering Standing Required

Arkema provides two $2,000 scholarships. Each $2,000 scholarship recipient will receive $1,000 per semester.
NOTE:  Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA required

Helen Murphy Scholarship – Engineering Standing Required

This is a $500 scholarship to be paid in increments of $250 per semester. Preference is given to a student not receiving other scholarship money.
NOTE:  Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA required

Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 184 Scholarship 
Although all students who meet the scholarship criteria are eligible to apply, preference will be given to a member, dependent or relative of a present or deceased member of Local 184. The name of the qualifying Local 184 member must be indicated on the application. In addition, preference is given to students majoring in mechanical engineering and residing in the Purchase District of Kentucky.