UofL Regional Scholars Program

Accepted first-time freshmen and transfers from California, DC Metro, Metro NY/NJ/PA and Southern New England will automatically receive this renewable award.

$12,000-$16,000 Awards for Out-of-State Students

California*, DC Metro, Metro NY/NJ/PA, and Southern New England, first-time students (based on home or school county) accepted to the University of Louisville will automatically receive a $12,000-$16,000 renewable Regional Scholars Award. No additional scholarship application is required.

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.


Award Information & Criteria

Amount/Year Weighted GPA With Qualifying ACT/SAT Score Without Qualifying ACT/SAT Score
$12,000 Automatic upon admission to UofL
$13,000 3.25 24-26 / 1160-1250 Comprehensive academic review**
$14,000 3.5 27-28 / 1260-1320  Comprehensive academic review**
$16,000 3.5 29 / 1330  Comprehensive academic review**

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

Transfer students are eligible for the $12,000 level award.

Check your eligibility.


Apply today.

Simply submit your application along with the $30 application fee (or fee waiver documentation), and your high school transcript. ACT/SAT scores are optional. 

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

  • For students applying with 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 Regional Scholars Award cannot be combined with either the Grawemeyer Scholarship, Border Benefit Award, National Scholars Program or National Merit finalist scholarship.

Learn more about applying to UofL.



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*Students from California entering UofL in Fall 2024 will be the last the Regional Scholar Award. Students entering UofL after Fall 2024 will be considered for the National Scholars Award upon meeting the designated criteria.