Out-of-state Scholarships

The following scholarship programs are for first-time freshmen entering UofL in Fall 2024, residing outside of Kentucky and Southern Indiana*.

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.

Please note that students on an F-1 Visa are not eligible for any admissions-based out-of-state scholarships. If you are an F-1 student, please see the Global Cardinal Scholarship for First-time Freshmen.

Students admitted to a completely online degree program are not eligible for these awards.

Please note that full-time enrollment is required for all offered scholarships.

Admission-based Scholarships

  • No deadline; scholarships are awarded through May 1.
  • No scholarship application required. First-time freshmen who meet the minimum criteria will be awarded following admission to UofL.
  • Admission-based scholarships cannot be stacked with other admission-based scholarships.
Name Amount/Year Minimum Criteria

Border Benefit

(Illinois, Indiana, Nashville TN, Ohio, and St. Louis MO, West Virginia.)

$16,000 grant to reduce tuition to in-state

Admission to the University of Louisville; Residence or school attendance in an eligible county or state. View criteria.

Regional Scholars Program

(California, DC Metro, Metro NY/NJ/PA, and Southern New England-area students)


Admission to the University of Louisville; Residence or school attendance in an eligible zip code or county. View criteria.

National Scholars Program

(Out-of-State students outside of Regional or Border Benefit areas)


Eligibility based on academic merit; 
View criteria.

National Merit Finalist/Semifinalist

$28,000 National Scholars Award

3.5 GPA

Global Cardinal Scholarship

International Student Scholarships


3.25+ GPA

International Student

Mentored Scholarships

In addition to monetary awards, these scholarships have significant programming components which can include travel, leadership, service, research and more.  View resume scoring rubric.

  • First-time freshmen who are eligible to apply for Mentored Scholarships will find their next steps to in their UofL Application Gateway soon after they apply to UofL. The deadline to apply for these scholarships (and submit materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays, etc.) is December 15 unless otherwise noted. 
Name Amount/Year Minimum Criteria

Grawemeyer Scholarship

$28,000 for out-of-state students

3.5 GPA

ACT/SAT score optional

Interest in faculty-supervised research and creative activity


*Excludes Southern Indiana counties eligible for in-state tuition (Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Perry, Scott and Washington)


If you have questions about scholarships or award amounts and criteria, please email  with "Scholarships" in the subject line.