The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The School of Art and Visual Studies has scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen and continuing students. SA/VS offers scholarships to incoming freshmen majors that can extend over a four-year period. Students must have a qualifying high school GPA , and awardees will be chosen based on their application to the University of Kentucky. Students who plan to study art studio, digital media and design or art education will be invited to submit a portfolio of their work to be considered for a scholarship once their UK application has been reviewed.

Incoming students may also be eligible for additional academic scholarships, including awards for alumni of Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts or Governor's Scholars programs. More details on these and other scholarship opportunities are available on the University of Kentucky Scholarships website. Information regarding need-based assistance, FAFSA deadlines, and a cost calculator can be found through the University of Kentucky Financial Aid Office.

Graduate Students should see the Fellowship Opportunities page.

University of Kentucky Scholarships

Flagship Scholarship

$1,500 non-renewable. Incoming freshmen whose highest ACT score is 26-27 or SAT (M+CR) is 1170-1240 and achieve a 3.30 high school GPA qualify. No application is required.

The Provost Scholarship

$1,500 for up to four years. Incoming freshmen whose minimum ACT score is 28 or SAT (M+CR) is 1250 and achieve a 3.30 high school GPA qualify. No application is required.

"see blue." Scholarship

Incoming non-resident freshmen whose minimum ACT score is 25 or SAT (M+CR) is 1130, and who achieve a 3.00 unweighted high school GPA, will be considered for a "see blue." Scholarship. The "see blue." Scholarship provides $7,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship

Incoming non-resident freshmen whose minimum ACT score is 25 or SAT (M+CR) is 1130, and who achieve a 3.50 unweighted high school GPA, will be considered for a Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship. The Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship provides $8,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Kentucky Heritage Scholarship

Incoming non-resident freshmen whose minimum ACT score is 30 or SAT (M+CR) is 1330, and who achieve a 3.50 unweighted high school GPA, will be considered for a Kentucky Heritage Scholarship. The Kentucky Heritage Scholarship provides $10,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.

William C. Parker Scholarship Program

The University of Kentucky has a mission and commitment to aggressively recruit and retain students from all segments of society, including African American, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Alaskan Native students. Factors which are considered in the holistic evaluation of William C. Parker scholarship applications include test scores, grades, an essay, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, awards and recognition, community service, and contribution to diversity. The William C. Parker Scholarship Program is available for incoming freshmen, transfer, and UK continuing students.

Competitive Scholarships for Freshmen

Varies. Incoming freshmen with a minimum test score of 31 ACT or 1360 SAT (M+CR) and minimum GPA of 3.50 qualify. The deadline to apply for competitive scholarships is Jan. 15.

The Otis A. Singletary Scholarship

Four-year awards providing the cost of tuition and an allowance for room and board. Requires a minimum test score of 33 ACT or 1440 SAT (M+CR) and a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.80 on a 4.0 scale.

The Presidential Scholarship

Four-year awards providing the cost of tuition. Requires a minimum test score of 31 ACT or 1360 SAT (M+CR) and a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale.

The Commonwealth Scholarship

Four-year awards for $2,500 per year; Kentucky residents only. Requires a minimum test score of 31 ACT or 1360 SAT (M+CR) and a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale.

Kentucky Governor's Scholars/School for the Arts Alumni Scholarships

The University of Kentucky offers special scholarships to students that complete the Kentucky Governor's Scholars and/or Governor's School for the Arts summer programs. The Governor's Scholars/School for the Arts Scholarships are for incoming freshmen only. The following scholarships will be awarded to eligible students, provided the student is admitted and has the qualifying test score and GPA on file with the Office of Undergraduate by January 15. December tests are the final ACT and SAT test dates for scholarship consideration. No application is required.


SA/VS additional scholarships and prizes

Worthington Callihan Memorial Book Award

Established in honor of a founding member of the Department and long-time UK art professor, this award recognizes the outstanding senior student in art history as selected by the faculty.

Cheryl Kelly Haffler Memorial Scholarship

Each year the School rewards one undergraduate Art Education student for his or her academic and creative excellence. To receive this cash award, a student must display dedication to learning, a passion for the arts, and play an active role in the community. Students may apply to be considered for this award; contact the Art Education faculty for details and deadlines.

NCAA SA/VS Scholarship Fund

One scholarship each year is given to a student in one of the three areas of SA/VS who has demonstrated potential for academic and/or artistic success.

Theophilia Joan Oexmann Original Art Award

This award recognizes senior students in SA/VS who have demonstrated great promise, originality, and artistic creativity. The recipients of this award are selected by the art studio faculty.

Foundation Exhibition Prizes

Annually, SA/VS hosts an exhibition open to all students who have enrolled in at least one of the Foundation courses in the previous year. The exhibition is then judged by a studio artist from another college or university. We have been able to offer $10,000 worth of scholarships annually as prizes for the best entries.

KHEAA Teacher Scholarship Program

Juniors and Seniors can receive a maximum of $5,000 a year through the KHEAA Teacher Scholarship Program. All full-time applicants who demonstrate financial need qualify for this scholarship. Recipients must be employed as a teacher in Kentucky upon graduation.