National Scholars Program

Award Information & Criteria for National Scholars Award

The University of Louisville guarantees Admission-Based Scholarships until May 1, 2024 for students entering UofL in the fall of 2024.

A note regarding ACT/SAT scores and scholarship awards: The University of Louisville offers a variety of scholarships, and students may apply for scholarships with or without test scores. Students applying for scholarships without test scores will be considered through a comprehensive review of academic merit and rigor. Consistent Advanced Placement, Cambridge, International Baccalaureate, and/or dual credit coursework is required for consideration. We strongly encourage students with mid to high ACT/SAT scores to submit their scores to automatically receive additional awards.

If you are awarded a National Scholars Award, you will be notified following your admission to the University of Louisville. No separate application is required.

Amount/Year Renewable Weighted GPA Criteria With Qualifying ACT/SAT Score Without Qualifying ACT/SAT Score
$5,000 3.0 24 ACT/1160 SAT Comprehensive academic review*
$7,500 3.25 24 ACT/1160 SAT 
Comprehensive academic review*
$10,000 3.25 25-26 ACT/1200-1250 SAT 
Comprehensive academic review*
$12,000 3.5 27-28 ACT/1260-1320 SAT
$15,000 3.5 29 ACT/1330 SAT N/A

*Awards are selective based on review, and are not guaranteed.

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, the reciprocal Southern Indiana counties (Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Perry, Scott and Washington), Border Benefit and Regional Award Areas are not eligible. If your residency changes you will no longer be eligible for the National Scholars Program.


Please note:

  • For students submitting test scores, 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 May 1.
  • After May 1, you may appeal for an increased award if your profile improves. Late admission applicants may also appeal for an award after May 1.
  • 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, Regional Scholars Award, Border Benefit Award or National Merit finalist scholarship.
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To be considered for the National Scholars Program, you must submit a completed application for admission to UofL, the $30 application fee, ACT or SAT scores (optional) and an official high school transcript.