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Academic Scholarships

Transylvania offers an extensive academic scholarship program. While academic credentials are most important, Transylvania considers all the elements of your application (essay, letters of recommendation, involvement and leadership) when awarding scholarships.


Students who wish to be considered for the William T. Young, Kenan and Trustee Scholarships must apply by December 1. All other scholarships require application by February 1.


The chart below allows you to estimate your scholarship award. For a more complete estimate, visit the Net Price Calculator.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY

William T. Young
Full tuition and fees

Kenan and Trustee
Awards begin at $18,500 per year

Students eligible for these Premier Scholarship awards will be selected based primarily on their application materials.  In some cases, an interview may be required; students for whom interviews are requested will be contacted by mid-January.

Presidents
Awards begin at $18,000 per year

Eligibility based on application materials, ACT or SAT (CR+M) score, and GPA. This is a typical average award for a student with a 31+ ACT and a 3.9+ GPA.

Morrison
Awards begin at $17,000 per year

Eligibility based on application materials, ACT or SAT (CR+M) score, and GPA. This is a typical average award for a student with a 27 ACT and 3.9 GPA.

Pioneer
Awards begin at $15,000 per year

Eligibility based on application materials, ACT or SAT (CR+M) score, and GPA. This is a typical average award for a student with a 25 ACT and 3.7 GPA.

Note:  This is the maximum award level for Test Optional applicants.

Founders
Awards begin at $13,000 per year

Eligibility based on application materials, ACT or SAT (CR+M) score, and GPA. This is a typical average award for a student with a 24 ACT and 3.4 GPA.

Third Century
Awards begin at $9,500 per year

Eligibility based on application materials, ACT or SAT (CR+M) score, and GPA. This is a typical average award for a student with a 23 ACT and 3.4 GPA.

Fine Arts Scholarships

Transylvania University is a destination for the arts. Nestled in the heart of a vibrant cultural center, Transylvania offers countless opportunities to participate in the arts and learn in a liberal arts environment. Whether you plan to major in a fine arts field, nurture artistic passion as a side interest, or explore new means of self-expression, we invite you to leave your mark on Transylvania’s long and rich artistic tradition.

Governor’s School for the Arts

All Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts participants receive a guaranteed minimum award of $14,000 per year. Students who qualify for more scholarships and grant aid will receive the larger amount.

Fine Arts Departmental Scholarships

Students may compete for scholarships in fine arts. These scholarships are available for non-majors, majors and minors, and may be combined with other academic awards. Applicants must be admitted to the university before being considered for Fine Arts scholarships.


The admission application deadline for fine arts scholarships is February 1.
Auditions, portfolio reviews, and interviews are held each February.



  • Music and Music Technology Scholarships — Awarded to non-majors, majors and minors, these scholarships require ensemble participation and private lessons. Find out more and apply.
  • Theater Scholarships — Awarded to non-majors, majors and minors, these scholarships are open to acting and stage production students. They require participation in one major production per year. Find out more and apply.
  • Art and Art History Scholarships — These scholarships are awarded only to majors and minors. Find out more and apply.


Please contact Larry Barnes (music), Sully White (theater), Wei Lin (art and art history) for additional details concerning auditions, portfolios or interviews for Fine Arts scholarships.

Christian Church Scholarships

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Transylvania University have been partners in education since 1865. As a result of this historic relationship, several scholarship opportunities are available to members of a DOC congregation.


Church membership must be verified by your minister by February 1 of your senior year. The Cane Ridge Scholarships, Guy & Nell Waldrop Disciples Leadership Scholarships and Disciples Chalice Grants require a letter of recommendation from a minister. If you are eligible for multiple Disciples awards, only the highest award may be offered.


Cane Ridge Scholarships (up to 4)

Awarded to Christian Church (DOC) entering students who have demonstrated exceptional national leadership in the church and who are exploring a church vocation. Scholarships are renewable if recipients maintain a 2.6 GPA and are actively involved in church ministries or activities. (up to $5,000)

Guy & Nell Waldrop Disciples Leadership Scholarships (up to 5)

Awarded to Christian Church (DOC) entering students who have demonstrated exceptional regional leadership in the church. Scholarships are renewable if recipients maintain a 2.6 GPA and are actively involved in church ministries or activities. (up to $2,500)

Disciples Chalice Grants

Awarded to Christian Church (DOC) entering students who are recommended by their minister and who demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (need-based award of up to $1,000)

Minister’s Dependent Grants

Available to dependents of ministers or missionaries who earn their primary salary in Christian Church (DOC) or United Church of Christ ministries or vocations. Students must also demonstrate financial need according to the FAFSA. (need-based award of up to $2,000)

Other Scholarships

Transylvania offers many other scholarships for designated groups of students. Students who wish to be considered for these scholarships must submit their application for admission by February 1.

Trailblazers

These scholarships begin at $4,000 per year and are awarded to students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds on the basis of academic success and intellectual engagement, leadership and service experiences.

Governor's Scholars

All Kentucky Governor's scholars receive a guaranteed minimum award of $14,000 per year. Students who qualify for more scholarships and grant aid will receive the larger amount.

ROTC Scholarships

Army ROTC Scholarships offer tuition and fees for up to $18,000, a $600 textbook allowance, and a $250 tax-free monthly stipend during the academic year for each year the student is a recipient. In addition, Transylvania will provide to each three- and four-year recipient at least the value of room and board. (This may be a combination of scholarships and grants.)Recipients must enroll in Army ROTC courses, which are taught in partnership with the University of Kentucky on its campus. Upon graduation, recipients receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. For more information contact the Army ROTC office at (859) 257-6865 or visit UK ROTC website.

Air Force ROTC Scholarships, through a partnership with the University of Kentucky, offer two- to four-year college scholarships in all majors. All Air Force scholarships are capped at various amounts: Type 1 has no cap, Type 2 is capped at $15,000, and Type 7 is capped at $9,000. Recipients receive a $900 textbook allowance and a $300-500 tax-free monthly stipend during the academic year. In addition, Transylvania will provide to each three- and four-year recipient at least the value of room and board. (This may be a combination of scholarships and grants.) Upon graduation, recipients receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. For more information contact the Air Force ROTC office at (859) 257-7115 or visit UK Air Force ROTC website.

Transylvania Endowment Grants

Transylvania offers grants that are based on merit and financial need. If applicants are interested in these grants they will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Tuition Exchange Scholarships

Only family members of employees of the colleges and universities that belong to Tuition Exchange, Inc. are eligible to apply for Tuition Exchange scholarships. Please visit Tuition Exchange’s Website for more information.

Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship

The Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who are residents of Ohio planning to major in a STEM field. Interested Ohio students may contact the Transylvania Financial Aid Office for more details. A brief biography of Mr. Knowlton can be found here.

How to Apply

To be considered for our merit-based scholarships, students only need to submit an application for admission. Scholarships awarded on the basis of academic merit are renewed automatically each year if the student maintains the conditions of the scholarship.

The deadline for all scholarships is February 1.

We highly encourage all students interested in merit-based scholarships to apply by December 1. Students who apply prior to December 1 will be notified of their admission and scholarship status by mid-January.

Find Scholarship Information Online

One of the best places to look for scholarships is close to home. Check with your school counselor and keep your eyes and ears open for organizations in your community that might offer scholarship opportunities.  Churches, credit unions, your parents’ employers, athletic booster clubs, and others can be great resources in your search for scholarships.

The following sources are available on the Internet. (Note: some sites will “rent” a student’s name and email address to other services. Be sure to indicate on the sign up pages if you do not want to be placed on these lists.)

FastWeb (Financial Aid Search through the Web) www.fastweb.com

This website is the largest and most complete source of private sector scholarships available. It provides useful information about how to apply for these specialized scholarships.

FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page www.finaid.org

This is a comprehensive financial aid information website with links to many useful sites. It provides information about loans, special interest scholarships, and fraud prevention.

College Board’s Scholarship Search www.collegeboard.org

This is one of the oldest college scholarship search databases. This organization also sponsors the SAT and AP exams.

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority www.kheaa.com

Provides answers to frequently asked financial aid questions for students attending college in Kentucky. Information regarding the KEES scholarship can be found here.

CollegeNet www.collegenet.com

This is another website that provides a very comprehensive scholarship search. There is also an online community for students.  

FAFSA website www.fafsa.ed.gov

This is the website used to file the FAFSA online.

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