Scholarship Application Process

How to Apply for Scholarships

  1. Apply for admission. If you have not yet applied for admission, read application instructions.
  2. Apply for scholarships. You will use the same username and password you create to apply for admission to apply for scholarships.  If you did not apply for admission online, please create an account to apply for scholarships. If you have successfully created an account, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Applyweb. Please save this e-mail. 
  3. Submit letters of recommendation. If the program for which you are applying requires letters of recommendation, you will enter the information for the individuals from whom you are requesting recommendations. They will receive e-mail notification of your request. Please notify all recommenders in advance.
  4. Submit resume. The student-involvement resume can include, but is not limited to: extracurricular activities, leadership positions, honors/awards, athletic teams, community service, and work experience. Resumes should not exceed 2 pages. Please put your name on each page of your resume. View the scholarship scoring rubric.
  5. Review your applications. You may always review your applications (including the status of all letters of recommendation).  Click here to review activity.
  6. Submit your applications. You can submit the scholarship application up to three times. Please note: once an application is submitted, you cannot go back an make changes to that application form. The deadline is December 15, 2017.

Helpful Scholarship Tips

  • Write down or save your username and password.  You can save your application during your process, but you must log in with your username and password to access/submit the application. If you forget your password, click here.
  • On your resume, include only activities/awards/leadership roles from high school. Give short descriptions of activities as the committee may be unfamiliar with certain honors or activities.
  • Regardless of the ACT/SAT and GPA you enter on your scholarship application, award decisions are ultimately based on the official scores on file. It is very important that you send the Office of Admissions all official scores and transcripts. The scores and transcripts you send for admission will also be used for scholarship consideration, so you do not need to send them twice.
  • Include your name on all uploaded documents, such as your resume and essays.  We highly recommend using a “header,” to place your name on every page.
  • If the scholarship/guaranteed entrance program for which you are applying requires letters of recommendation, the listed recommenders will receive an e-mail with a link to submit their letters when you submit your application. All letters of recommendation should be submitted online.
  • Please contact all of your recommenders  in advance. Please provide recommenders with plenty of time to write and submit letters on your behalf.
  • We're here to help. Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions. E-mail  with “scholarship” in the subject line.

Scholarship FAQs

  • Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
    Yes, you can apply for multiple scholarships. However, you cannot be awarded more than one scholarship from our office. For example, if you are eligible for the Trustees' Scholarship and Vogt Scholarship, you will be considered for all of them, but ultimately, you will be awarded only one.
  • Why is Harlan Scholars my only choice on the application?
    The Honors Program, Scholarship and Guaranteed Entrance Program application allows you to apply to programs for which you meet eligibility requirements. Some students may only be eligible for a limited number of programs. For example, many of the scholarships and guaranteed entrance programs require applicants to be Kentucky residents. Learn more about out-of-state scholarship opportunities.
  • How do I know if the Office of Admissions has my most recent test score on file? 
    The easiest way to see if we have received your test scores is to contact us 502.852.6531 or admitme@louisville.eduPlease include your full name and date of birth in any communications.
  • My friend and I have the same GPA and test score. Why did they receive a higher a scholarship than me?
    Numerous factors are considered in the scholarship awarding process. Although test scores and GPA play a large role, our committee analyzes all aspects of your application including a student involvement resume. View resume scoring rubric.
  • My older sibling received a scholarship a few years prior, and it was larger than mine. We have the same GPA and/or test score. How did that happen?
    Our scholarship applicant pool varies from year to year, and other parts of the application (resume, essays, etc.) play a large role in the awarding process. Just because award levels were a certain way one year does not ensure that they will be the same the next year, and besides our select automatic and guaranteed awards, all of the scholarships are competitive.
  • Can I take the ACT after December 15 to increase my scholarship possibilities?
    UofL will not consider any test scores from test dates after December 15.
  • If I am selected for a guaranteed entrance program, do I automatically receive a scholarship?
    Students selected for guaranteed entrance programs are not automatically awarded scholarships. Many students selected do receive scholarships. However, requirements and minimums vary between programs.
  • I’m a Governor’s Scholar, why can’t I apply for scholarships?
    If you participated in the Governor’s Scholars or Governor's School for the Arts Program, you are guaranteed a scholarship as long as you meet the minimum requirements (25-28 ACT and 3.5 GPA for $5,000 per year, and 29 ACT and 3.5 GPA for full tuition). Because of this, you do not need to apply for Trustees' Scholarship. However, If you have a 31 ACT and 3.75 GPA, you are eligible to compete for the Vogt Scholarship, which covers full tuition and an educational allowance for room and board. GSP and GSA students must complete a scholarship application to apply for the Vogt Scholarship or any mentored scholarship.