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Merit Scholarships

students sitting at a table on EKU campusGet rewarded for your high school academic achievement with EKU’s merit scholarships! Ranging from $1,000 up to the full in-state tuition amount per year, many scholarship levels are based solely on high school GPAs of 3.0 or higher, or 2.5 or higher for Madison County residents. For the highest scholarship award, both your high school GPA and ACT score are used to determine eligibility. Merit scholarships are available for new incoming freshmen and automatically applied. Don’t miss out on these opportunities – you must be admitted to EKU by February 1 for merit scholarship consideration.

Merit Scholarship Levels

High School GPA Annual Award
3.8-4.0 and ACT score of 28+ In-State Tuition - $9,266
3.8-4.0 $6,000
3.3-3.7 $4,000
3.0-3.2 $3,000
2.5-2.9 and Madison County, KY resident $1,000

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 2020-2021 FAFSA receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.


Note: Scholarships are for on-campus programs only. Students are eligible for a maximum refund of $3,000 of institutional aid after direct charges. Military, veteran and athletes are exempt from the maximum refund guidelines.

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