Scholarship Tips & FAQs

How the scholarship application works

  1. Register for an online account if you have not done so already. If you applied for admission online, you can use that login for the scholarship application too.
  2. Enter your personal information, including your GPA, ACT, major, address, and more. If this is your first submission of the scholarship application, please also select "Submission #1." If you have already submitted a scholarship application, please select "Submission #2" or "Submissions #3," respectively. Each student can submit the scholarship application up to three times.
  3. You can then apply for each scholarships and/or guaranteed entrance program for which you are eligible. If you are a Governor’s Scholars and/or Governor's School for the Arts participant who meets GPA and test score requirements, do not apply for the Trustees' Scholarship. Your award is guaranteed if your admissions application is received by December 15. However, all students must apply for any additional scholarships, such as the Vogt, and any mentored scholarship program.
  4. Select the scholarships and/or program(s) and upload supplemental materials. If required, you will be prompted to input the names and e-mail addresses of individuals from whom you are requesting a letter of recommendation.
  5. Once the form is entirely complete, you must click “Submit”.  PLEASE NOTE: Once you submit your application, you cannot go back and make any changes to that application form.


  • December 15: Trustees', Porter and mentored scholarships deadline
  • February 15:  Trustees' scholarship letters mailed
  • May 1:  Scholarship acceptance deadline


You must meet the minimum ACT/SAT and GPA requirements BEFORE the December 15 deadline to be eligible.

Helpful Tips

  • Write down or save your username and password.  You can save your application while you are completing it, but you must have your username and password to log back in to access or submit it.
  • 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 off of the official scores listed on file. It is very important that you send all scores and transcripts to us. The ones you send for admission will be used for scholarship consideration, so you do not need to send them twice.
  • Put your name on all of the documents you upload, including your resume and any essays.  We highly recommend using a “header,” so it will put your name on every page.  (In Microsoft Word, you can go to “Insert,” then “Header”.)
  • If the scholarship/guaranteed entrance program for which you are applying requires letters of recommendation, when you submit your application the recommenders will receive an e-mail with a link to submit their letters. 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.
  • By logging into your scholarship application, you can always review your application status (including the status of all letters of recommendation).  Click here to review activity.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions.  E-mail and put “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, Vogt Scholarship and Eagle Scout Award, 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. For more information on out-of-state scholarship opportunities, please visit

  • 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 Please include your full name and date of birth in any communications.
  • My friend received a higher a scholarship than me but we have the same GPA and test score?
  • Numerous factors are considered in the scholarship awarding process. Although test scores and GPA play a large role, our committee analyzes all of the aspects of your application including a student involvement resume. View scoring rubric.

  • My older brother/sister 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 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 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.