National Scholars Program

National Scholars for Out-of-State Students Deadline: February 15 

Awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 for students who meet the following requirements:

  • U.S Citizen or permanent resident
  • Entering first-time freshman for the fall semester
  • Non-resident status*. Residents of Kentucky and the reciprocal Southern Indiana counties (Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Perry, Scott and Washington) are not eligible.

If you qualify for the National Scholars Program, you will be notified following your admission to the University of Louisville. No separate application is required. Please note:

  • UofL only accepts the highest composite ACT or SAT.
  • UofL accepts weighted GPAs if available from high school.
  • If you increase your ACT/SAT score or GPA to move into a new scholarship award level, UofL will increase your award until the deadline.
  • After the deadline, you may appeal for an increased award if your profile improves. Late admission applicants may also appeal for an award after the deadline.
  • Students planning to participate in UofL Division 1 sports programs are encouraged to check with coaches for additional requirements.
  • The National Scholars Award cannot be combined with either the Grawemeyer Scholarship, Brown Fellows Program or National Merit finalist scholarship.
  • For additional eligibility and estimate of award, please check out the Net Price Calculator: louisville.studentaidcalculator.com.

To be considered for the National Scholars Program, you must submit a completed application for admission to UofL, the $25 application fee, ACT or SAT scores and an official high school transcript.

Criteria for National Scholars Award

Award ValueCriteria
$15,00032 ACT/1450 SAT and 3.5 GPA
$12,00030 ACT/1390 SAT and 3.5 GPA
$10,00025 ACT/1200 SAT and 3.5 GPA

26 ACT/1240 SAT and 3.25 GPA

27 ACT/1280 SAT and 3.0 GPA
$7,50025 ACT/1200 SAT and 3.25 GPA

26 ACT/1240 SAT and 3.0 GPA
$5,00024 ACT/1160 SAT and 3.5 GPA

25 ACT/1200 SAT and 3.0 GPA

*Out-of-state first-time freshman students who are eligible for both an automatic Regional and a National Scholars Award will receive the higher award. These two awards cannot be combined.