Contact your admissions counselor for more information on any of these scholarships.
Transylvania offers many scholarships for designated groups of students. Students who wish to be considered for these scholarships must submit their application for admission by February 1.
These scholarships of $5,000 per year are awarded to students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds on the basis of academic success, intellectual engagement, leadership and service experiences.
Governor's Scholars, Governor's School for the Arts, Governor's School for Entrepreneurs
All Kentucky Governor's scholars and participants in the Governor's School for the Arts and Governor's School for Entrepreneurs receive a guaranteed minimum award of $18,000 per year. Students who qualify for more scholarships and grant aid will receive the larger amount.
Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship
Students who complete the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship program on Transylvania's campus are eligible for a minimum award of $18,000 per year. This can not be combined with other academic merit awards.
Students who complete the Rogers Scholars program in Kentucky are eligible for a minimum award of $18,000 per year. This can not be combined with other academic merit awards.
International Baccalaureate Programme participants can receive scholarships ranging from $8,000/year (diploma courses) to $18,000/year (full diploma candidates). Read more about the Transylvania IB Scholars program.
Students who have a parent, grandparent or sibling that is considered a Transylvania alum will receive a renewable $2,000 scholarship ($8,000 over four years) that can be combined with other academic scholarships. Siblings of current Transylvania students are also eligible.
Students who are involved in unique extracurricular activities are eligible for a scholarship of $1,500-$2,000 per year. Transylvania will request a resume of activities, leadership and involvement in school, church, work, etc.
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.
This scholarship of $1,000 per year is awarded to those who are recruited for the cheer program. Contact coach Tora Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This scholarship of $1,000 per year is awarded to those who are recruited for the dance program. Contact coach Tora Carter at email@example.com for more information.
This scholarship of $1,000 per year is awarded to those who are recruited for the equestrian (eventing) program. Contact coach Tonya Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Students who complete the Youth Salute program at Transylvania and are selected as a Youth Salute Scholar are eligible for an award of $1,000 per year.
Scholarships begin at $18,000. Contact the Office of Admissions at 859-233-8242 for more information.
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science
Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics
Graduates of these programs receive a $18,000 scholarship. Contact the Office of Admissions at 859-233-8242 for more information.
Henry Clay High School (Lexington, Kentucky) — Liberal Arts Academy
Lexington Catholic High School (Lexington) — Exemplar Scholars
Paul L. Dunbar High School (Lexington) — Math, Science, Technology Center
Bryan Station High School (Lexington) — IT Academy
For more information on these scholarships, please contact the Office of Admissions at 859-233-8242.
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 or nurture artistic passion as a side interest, we invite you to leave your mark on Transylvania’s long and rich artistic tradition.
Fine Arts Departmental Scholarships
Students may compete for scholarships in fine arts with awards ranging from $1,000-$3,000. 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 will be in January 2020.
Auditions, portfolio reviews and interviews will be scheduled for January 2020.
Music Scholarships — Recipients of these scholarships, which are awarded to non majors, majors and minors, will be expected to participate in their assigned ensemble for each semester the scholarship is maintained — up to eight semesters — and enroll in four semesters of free private lessons.
- Instrumental Music: Prepare a maximum five-minute music performance, preferably on two pieces of contrasting styles. A professional accompanist will be provided free of charge if the music is submitted sufficiently ahead of time to enable the accompanist to prepare.
- Music Technology/Composing: Submit a portfolio of work, in which case the audition will take the form of an interview. Interviewing students may be asked to demonstrate music reading ability if that is not apparent from the nature of the audition or portfolio itself. Submit your portfolio via email to Carly Wynn at email@example.com.
- Choral/Vocal Music: Prepare a maximum five-minute music performance, preferably on two pieces of contrasting styles. A professional accompanist will be provided free of charge if the music is submitted sufficiently ahead of time to enable the accompanist to prepare.
Theater Scholarships — Awarded to non majors, majors and minors, these scholarships are open to acting and stage production students.
- Theater Performance:
-Submit a headshot (or recent photograph) and a theater resume (via email to Carly Wynn at firstname.lastname@example.org). The image and resume should be saved as one completed PDF with the headshot and photograph on the first page and resume on the second page. Please see the resume template.
-Prepare a maximum two-minute, memorized monologue.
-Be prepared to perform a cold (improvisational) reading from a play during your audition with theater faculty.
-To maintain a theater performance scholarship, students must fulfill one production assignment per term. Students are expected to audition for all shows per term and accept the role if cast. If not cast, other assignments may include, but are not limited to: assistant director, stage manager, technical support team, etc. The time commitment for each term totals a minimum of 30 hours. In addition, all theater scholarship students are expected to maintain an active membership in the Transylvania Theater Guild.
- Technical Theater:
-Submit a theater resume (via email to Carly Wynn at email@example.com). Please see the resume template.
-Provide a design portfolio (PDF or online via email to Carly Wynn at firstname.lastname@example.org) to be reviewed by theater faculty at the interview. Design portfolios can include photos of productions that the student has provided technical support for with a description of the student's responsibilities for the production.
-To maintain a technical theater scholarship, students must fulfill one production assignment per term. Each term, students will be expected to apply to serve in a key position of production: stage manager, assistant stage manager, properties master, sound or light technician, assistant to the technical director or assistant to the costume, scenic lighting or sound designer. Other assignments may include running crew, box office staff and technical production support team. The time commitment for each term assignment totals a minimum of 30 hours. All scholarship students are expected to maintain an active membership in the Transylvania Theater Guild.
Art and Art History Scholarships — These scholarships are awarded only to majors and minors.
- Studio Art:
Studio art students must submit a portfolio with no more than 10 selections by the application deadline. You may submit your portfolio as attachments via email to Carly Wynn at email@example.com. Or you may provide a CD portfolio, if preferred.
- Art History:
Art history students must submit a one-page essay on why they wish to study art history at Transylvania via email to Carly Wynn at firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline.
Please contact Ben Hawkins (music, instrumental/tech), Regan MacNay (vocal/choral), Kurt Gohde (art and art history) or Tosha Fowler (theater) for additional details concerning auditions, portfolios or interviews for fine arts scholarships.
Christian Church – Disciples of Christ Scholarships
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Transylvania 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.
Transylvania’s Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Scholarship application is due by January 4 of your senior year of high school. If you are eligible for multiple Disciples awards, only the highest award may be offered.
Cane Ridge Scholarships (up to four)
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 five)
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)
Premier Scholarship Program
International students are eligible to compete for the Premier Scholarship Program, Transylvania's top academic scholarship program. Students will be automatically considered for Premier Scholarships upon completion of their application. Selections will be assessed based on the completed application and the completion of an interview.
International Merit Scholarships
International scholarships are awarded based on a holistic review of the student's application and will be automatically considered upon application. Potential award amounts include:
- Global Superior: $20,000
- Global Excellence: $18,000
- Global Prestige: $15,000
- Global Distinction: $12,000
Transylvania has joined 57 other U.S. colleges and universities in a pledge to provide financial support for incoming international students to encourage study in the United States through the #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship.
Transylvania will award an annual, renewable, 50% tuition scholarship for up to two incoming students.
To be eligible, you must:
- Be a first-year international applicant of any major to a participating college or university. (International applicants are individuals who hold citizenship in a country outside the U.S. and who don't also possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.)
- Have graduated from or attended a secondary school outside the U.S.
- Demonstrate an interest and initiative in promoting intercultural learning and exchange.
- Meet the admission criteria and adhere to the deadlines at Transylvania.
- Complete the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship application and a 500-1000 word essay or a two-to-five minute video describing your aspirations to conduct projects, research, employment or other experiences that will advance intercultural learning.
#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarships must be submitted to Alice Schaaf, assistant director of international recruitment, via email at email@example.com by Dec. 1, 2019.
If awarded the scholarship, students should secure the award by submitting a tuition deposit at Transylvania by the National Candidate Reply Date of May 1, 2020.