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2024/2025 Scholarships

Institutional ScholarshipsHealth ProfessionsOutside Scholarships

The Pikeville Promise

Pikeville Promise is applied to the cost of tuition only after Pell, College Access Program, Kentucky Tuition Grant, Ƶ Academic Scholarship or other tuition only awards. 

Amounts can vary.

  • Apply (submit test scores and transcripts) and be admitted to Ƶ.
  • File the FAFSA as soon as possible your senior year. Aid is awarded on a funds-available basis; some funds can deplete early.
  • Display full eligibility for Pell, CAP and KTG grants.
  • Be a Kentucky resident.
  • To keep the Pikeville Promise for four years, recipients must maintain the following standards:
    • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours each year.
    • File the FAFSA.
    • Display full eligibility for Pell, CAP and KTG grants.

For more information, call (606) 218-5254 or toll-free at 1-866-BEARS00.

Undergraduate Student Emergency Fund Award

Thanks to the generosity of University of Pikeville alumni and friends, the Undergraduate Student Emergency Fund will assist students faced with temporary or unusual undue hardships

Funds will be awarded on a case-by-case basis. The student’s financial need, the type of the funding request, and the availability of funds will be taken into consideration when allocating this award. A committee at the university will review each application.

Awards will not exceed $500. Expenses covered but are not limited to: Medicines/prescriptions, emergency food/clothing, electric needs, housing, medical bills, or transportation bills.

Eligible Requirements:

  • Student must be currently enrolled full-time in Ƶ undergraduate program.
  • Student will be asked to provide sufficient documentation (bills) of financial hardships.
  • Student must not exceed the financial aid cost of attendance at Ƶ.

Institutional Scholarships

Institutional Scholarships are awards that are funded by the university.  

All institutional scholarships have the following requirements:

  • You are required to complete the FAFSA. Students will be required to complete a new FAFSA each year.
  • Ƶ may offer a need-based adjustment to those Kentucky resident students who are not Pell eligible.
  • Athletic scholarships are in addition to academic scholarships and are determined by the coach of each sport.
  • Scholarships are available up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.
  • Some institutional scholarships cannot be stacked (combined) with other awards.
  • Institutional scholarship are available to students who have not yet received their first bachelor’s degree
  • Institutional awards, with the exception of Athletic and Activity, are applied to tuition only. Awards may be reduced based on other aid received. 

Students coming out of high school or who transfer in less than 30 credits will receive a GPA scholarship based on their high school GPA. Students that transfer with 30 or more credits from another institution will receive the award based on the calculated GPA from their transfer credits.

GPA Institutional Scholarships Amount
3.75 and above Trustee Excellence Scholarship $8,000
3.5-3.74 Provost Leadership Award $6,750
3.0-3.49 Dean Service Award $5,000
2.75-2.99   Appalachian Academic Achievement $3,750
2.74 and below    Mountain Merit Award $3,000

Official high school and college transcripts must be on file before Scholarship can be awarded

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements Award Amount
*Governor’s Scholar Completion of program $3,200
*Rogers’ Scholar    Completion of program $3,200
**Ƶ Dual Credit Program Completion of five hours
with “B” or better average
**General Dual Credit Program Completion of five hours
with “B” or better average at any other institution
Athletic Scholarships Athletic talent   Amounts Vary
Organizational Scholarship
Band, Choir, Academic Team
Audition/Interview Amounts Vary
*Optometry Scholars Program Scholarship Admitted to program $3,200
*Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program Scholarship Admitted to program $3,200
*Early College Academy Completion of program $3,200

*Freshmen only
** Students may receive only one Dual Credit scholarship or Other Activity scholarship, these do not stack each other.

Student may receive only one activity scholarship. 2024-2025 awards are subject to change. All Ƶ scholarships are based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per semester).

Scholarship Purpose:

The purpose of the fund is to assist with student retention by partially filling the financial gap needed so as to allow a student who has finished a school semester still owing any required balance to enroll in the following semester and/or to graduate, and to receive an award up to eighty (80%) of their outstanding balance.

The maximum award shall not exceed the sum of $4,000 in any one-calendar school year.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Undergraduate students shall be given priority as recipients of this scholarship.
  • Student must be in good academic standing with the university.
  • Student must express a commitment to enroll in the following semester and/or to graduate from the University of Pikeville.
  • Students must certify that they have applied for all other scholarships available through the university before receiving this scholarship aid.
  • The scholarship award shall remain with the university to be applied to any outstanding cost of typical tuition, room, board, and/or textbooks.]

Please write at least 250 words in length about your educational experience at Ƶ, your financial situation, and how you would use this scholarship to help you continue leaning and preparing for your future.

Fall – September 15
Spring – February 15

This $1000 scholarship will provide assistance to Education Majors attending The University of Pikeville to help cover the cost of their education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Students in the 7th Judicial district of Eastern Kentucky, with preference given to students in Pike and Martin County.
  • Students demonstrating financial need and a Christian background.
  • Student can only be awarded once. A new student will be selected each year that the scholarship is funded.
  • These scholarship funds will go toward open balances, no funds will be disbursed directly to the student.

Student must submit an essay. The essay must be at least 500 words in length about your educational experience at Ƶ and how you would use this scholarship to help you continue learning and preparing to teach the next generation.

Annual Deadline: September 23

The purpose of the fund is to provide assistance to a first-generation undergraduate student at the University of Pikeville.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Students must be a first-generation student.
  • Students must be in their first semester at the university.
  • This is a one-time scholarship that can be combined with any other awards the student may have as long as it does not exceed the Cost of Attendance. 
  • Short essay on how receiving this scholarship would enhance your college experience.
  • If the recipient does not complete the full year, the entire award is removed from their financial aid account and they would owe any resulting balance.

Annual Deadline: August 20

The purpose is to provide assistance to a first-generation undergraduate student athlete at the University of Pikeville who shows financial need. The recipient must be a new student, whether a transfer or high school graduate. Preference will be given to student athletes on the baseball team. This is a one-year scholarship in the amount of $3,000 which will help offset the cost of tuition and/or room and board. A new student will be selected each year.

To apply, the student must submit an essay to the university scholarship committee on why he or she wants to be a Ƶ Bear.

Annual Deadline:  August 25

Ƶ will give Legacy Awards to students entering in the fall semester who have an immediate family member who has graduated from Pikeville College/Ƶ. Each award will be based of availability and is renewable for four years.

Annual Deadline: February 1

This full-ride scholarship will include room and board and is renewable for up to eight semesters or until the completion of a bachelor’s degree, as long as selected students meet renewal criteria.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Achieve a minimum high school GPA of 3.75
  • Receive an ACT score of 28 or higher or an SAT score of 1300 or higher
  • Complete 50 hours of documented community service, prior to high school graduation
  • Submit a personal statement to
  • Available to work 10 hours a week on campus while in school

A scholarship committee will review applications. In addition to ensuring that all applicants meet the required criteria, the committee will review the personal statements to establish a list of finalists. All finalists will be invited for an interview. Preference will be given to residents of Kentucky.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at or call (606) 218-5251.

Deadline: February 14

The University of Pikeville Alumni Association Scholarship will be awarded each fall to one undergraduate student at the university. The student must have an immediate relative who is an alumna/alumnus of the University of Pikeville and meet the listed criteria.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Preference is given to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Applicant must be a full-time student (complete 12+ hours per semester)
  • Applicant must be pursuing a four-year degree at the University of Pikeville
  • Applicant must have an immediate relative who is an alumna/alumnus of the University of Pikeville

Please note:
The recipient will receive up to $2,000 for one academic year ($1,000/semester).

A 3.0 GPA must be maintained during the fall semester or the scholarship will not be continued for the spring semester.

This is considered a one-time scholarship, however, past recipients can reapply each year.

Annual Deadline: August 1

The purpose of the Fund is to provide assistance to first-generation undergraduate students at the University who show a financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is a member of the ACE Program. The student recipient must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. This is a one-year scholarship of $1,000, which will help offset the cost of tuition and/or on-campus Living Expenses. A new student will be selected each year.

To apply, the student must submit an application to the university scholarship committee. The university scholarship committee will then review all applications and select the student recipient.


Application opens Oct 1 – Oct 15

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at or call (606) 218-5251.

Health Professions

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KYCOM Scholarships

The most commonly awarded scholarships are service commitment scholarships and specific state scholarships based on residency status. Information about these Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine scholarships can be found on the KYCOM scholarships page.

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Nursing Scholarships

The link below is for students to discover how to apply for and win scholarships for Nursing education.

Kentucky Nursing Incentive Scholarship Eligibility: Kentucky residents admitted to an approved nursing program who agree to work full time as nurses in Kentucky one year for each year funded. For prelicensure nursing programs, students must complete at least 15 credit hours per academic year of published nursing program requirements.

For the graduate nursing program, students must complete at least 9 credit hours per academic year of core nursing courses required. Must maintain a minimum GPA. Scholarship must be repaid if program or work requirement is not met.

Award: Varies

Application: Write
Kentucky Board of Nursing,
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40222-5172 or print from .

Applications must be postmarked January 1 to June 1.
Contact: Amy Ninneman, Program Coordinator, 502.429.7179,


You are eligible if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized), a national, or a lawful permanent resident
  • Are an accepted or enrolled student in a nursing degree program at a United States accredited school of nursing
  • Begin classes no later than September 30
  • Don’t have any federal judgment liens
  • Don’t have an existing service commitment
  • Aren’t overdue on a federal debt

dzٱ:We give funding preference to those who need the most help financially.

*Note: The scholarships listed are for all nursing students, not just all online students.

Outside Scholarships

Students need to be careful when applying for scholarships.  Some things to keep in mind:

If you receive offers for scholarship and financial aid services, research them carefully if a fee is involved. How do you know if the offer is questionable? Watch for this type of language:

  • “You’ve been selected…”
  • “You’re a finalist…”
  • “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
  • “May I have your credit card number or checking account routing number?”
  • “The scholarship will cost some money.”

Also check out for other tips when applying for scholarships.

**This third party scholarship opportunity has been posted for you as a convenience.  As such, said scholarship is not in any way under the control of University of Pikeville.  Ƶ is not responsible for, nor does it endorse any scholarships other than those offered by the university. Accordingly, Ƶ does not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, product content/and or information of parties offering third party scholarships.**

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Scholarship Book

Published in July each year, The Ultimate Scholarship Book contains information about 1.5 million different awards so you can find the best matches for you. The awards are indexed in a variety of ways including field of study, career, state of residence, and more. Detailed listings for each scholarship have eligibility information, award amount, the application deadline, contact information, and how to apply. The book also includes information on the scholarship application process to give you the best chance at receiving a scholarship.

You can find a copy of The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2024 in the “New Books” section of Allara Library. You can also purchase this title on,, or other major booksellers.

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Scholarship Listing

2024 Outside Scholarships

NamewebsiteWho can applyAmountDeadline
Annual Scholarships
Heroes Scholarship FoundationMultiple scholarship available
-Military family members
-Firefigher and family
-Law enforcement and family
-African American
-Student Nurse
-Student Doctor
$1000-$2000 per scholarshipNone
CFF Foundation Education AwardOpen to all$1,500 Quarterly
The Visionaries of Tomorrow ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,000 Quarterly (3/31, 6/30, 9/30, 12/31)
Discover ScholarshipOpen to all$5,000Monthly
Mental Health ScholarshipUndergrad$1,000Every fall and spring
Hirenest Academic ScholarshipOpen to all$5,000Every fall and spring
Single Parent ScholarshipSingle Parents$500-$1000Every Summer, Spring and Fall
The Richard Rawle Memorial ScholarshipOpen to all$2,000 1/1 till 6/1 yearly
Chairish ScholarshipOpen to all$2,500 1/1 and 6/30 yearly
InfantCPR Safebaby ScholarshipBS in Healthcare (RNBSN program)$1,000 1/10 and 7/10 yearly
BeMo Diversity Advocacy ScholarshipPre-med or medical students$5,000 5/31 and 10/31 yearly
THE UTOPIA MANAGEMENT SCHOLARS FUND3.5 GPA - Higher$1,000 5/1 and 11/1 yearly
Formuland Mighty Star ScholarshipOpen to all$1,0009/30 and 3/1 yearly
Organic Life Start ScholarshipOpen to all$50012/31 and 6/30 yearly
Dick Hannah ScholarshipHigh School Seniors$1,00012/15 and 6/15 yearly
Blankstyle Scholarship FundOpen to all$1,00012/31 and 6/1 yearly
Single Parent ScholarshipSingle Parents$2,00012/31 and 6/30 yearly
RentHop: College & University Scholarship ProgramOpen to all$1,000 4/30 and 8/31 yearly
RealtyHop ScholarshipOpen to all$1,000 4/30 and 8/31 yearly
LocalProbook scholarshipOpen to all$5008/15 and 12/15 yearly
Incfile’s Entrepreneur GrantMust have interest in starting a business$2,5003/31, 6/30 and 9/30 yearly
The UPG ScholarshipOpen to all$1,0005/31 yearly
Pheabs Finance ScholarshipOpen to all$1,000 8/7 yearly
Future of Finance Scholarship

Open to all$2,000 8/17 yearly
Trending Impact Journalist ScholarshipOpen to all / 2.0 GPA$5009/1 yearly
The Hawker Online Journalist ScholarshipOpen to all$30010/1 yearly* Single parent scholarship
* Scholarship for Moms
* Scholarship for Transfer Students
* Adult Learner Scholarship
* Scholarship for Nontraditional Students
* Scholarship for Military members & Veterans
* Scholarship for Future Teachers
* Scholarship for Business Students
* Scholarship for Children of First Responders
* Nursing Student Scholarship
$1,00011/1 yearly
The Finger Finance ScholarshipMath, Business or Accounting majors$1,00011/5 yearly
The Strategic Air Services ScholarshipOpen to all$1,00012/1 yearly
Marketing ScholarshipOpen to all$1,00012/31 yearly
Deadline Scholarships 2024
Nevada Corporate Headquarters ScholarshipOpen to all$50006/10/2024
Legit Course Reviewers $1000 Scholarship ProgramOpen to all$1,00006/20/2024
Smart Saving ScholarshipOpen to all$50006/30/2024
Studybay Annual Spring Essay Contest 2024Open to all$1,50007/1/2024
J2 Technology FundGPA > 3.0, IT program$500 or more07/1/2024
Future Educators Excellence Scholarship 2024Future Teachers$1,00007/5/2024
The ASAP Finance Student ScholarshipGPA >2.6$1,00007/15/2024
Future Leaders in FinanceGPA >2.8$1,0008/19/2024
Global Perspectives Scholarship
Open to all$1,0008/25/2024
Public Service ScholarshipOpen to all$1,0009/1/2024
Comfort Zone AC Repair Service & HVAC Company ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0009/1/2024
Redondo Law Firm ScholarshipOpen to all$1,0009/09/2024
Kyzar Air Conditioning ScholarshipOpen to all$1,0009/10/2024
Comfort Zone AC Repair Service & HVAC Company ScholarshipOpen to all$1,0009/10/2024
Fox Injury ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0009/10/2024
Sports Gear Swag ScholarshipOpen to all$1,00010/1/2024
Financial Champion ScholarshipGPA >3.0$1,50010/1/2024
Investor Fraud Awareness ScholarshipOpen to all$2,50012/1/2024
TastyPlacement Academic ScholarshipOpen to all$1,00012/1/2024
Mann Lake Beekeeping ScholarshipBiology Students$1,00012/10/2024
Select Saunas $500 Scholarship Programstudying within health and wellness, kinesiology, leisure studies, or associated disciplines$50012/31/2024
Diversity, Excellence and Belonging Scholarships
Cherokee Nation Scholarship - GraduateCherokee Nation graduate studentsvaries6/15/24
Cherokee Nation Scholarship - UndergraduateCherokee Nation undergraduatevaries6/15/24
NAHN ScholarshipHispanic nursing students, member of NAHN / 3.0 GPAvaries6/15/24
Panda Cares First-Year Scholarsgraduating high school seniors / 3.0 GPAvaries6/30/24
Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilitiesstudents with disabilities / 3.0 GPA$2,5006/30/24
NAACP Hubertus WV Willems Scholarship for Male Studentsmale, mathematics or chemistry / 2.5 GPAup to $3,0007/31/24
TE Connectivity African Heritage ScholarshipBlack, African American, or multiracial students, STEM / 3.0GPAup to $22,5008/30/24
National Hispanic Health Professional Student ScholarshipHispanic student; medicine, dentistry, public health or health policy, or nursing$5,0009/24/24
Women in Sports Media Scholarship/Internship Programfemale students; sports writer, editor, broadcaster or public relations representative$1,000 plus paid internship10/16/24
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computingfemale high school students, technology-related subjects$50011/5/24
AAUW Educational Foundation Career Development Grantsearned bachelor's degree five years prior to re-enrollment$2,000-$20,00011/15/24
Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. ScholarshipHispanic students$500-$1,50011/30/24
American Indian Services ScholarshipWebsiteenrolled member American Indian or Alaska Native Tribe, less than 150 credits / 2.25 GPAvaries1-Feb, 1-Apr, 1-Jul, and 1-Nov
Islamic Society of North America ScholarshipsMuslim studentsvariesvaries
Edie Windsor Coding ScholarshipLGBTQ, non-binary or transgender students, coding careervariesvaries
Phyllis G Meekins Scholarshipfemale high school senior golfer / 3.0 GPAvariesvaries
Deadline Scholarships 2025
The PRINT IT Scholarship for Aspiring Content CreatorsOpen to all$1,0001/11/2025 ScholarshipOpen to all$1,0001/15/2025
Alden Law Firm ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Estate Planning Essentials: Avoiding Probate Pitfalls ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
The Supporting Victims of Negligence ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
The Promoting Access to Justice ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Ace-Roofing’s scholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
The Empowering Survivors of Trauma ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Advocacy for the Underserved and Injured ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Enhancing Road Safety Through Infrastructure ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Advancing Social Justice Through Personal Injury Law ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Lindsay Blanks P.A. ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Lampariello Law ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Obral, Silk & Pal ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Elderly Drivers: Balancing Independence with Road Safety ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Washington Law Partners ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Substance Abuse Disorder ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Emerson Straw Injury Law ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
The Importance of Legal Advocacy for Personal Injury Victims ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025
Brandywine Estate & Elder Law ScholarshipGPA > 3.0$1,0002/10/2025