Other Scholarship Opportunities
Contact your admissions counselor for more information on any of these scholarships.
Transylvania offers many scholarships for designated groups of students. To apply for these scholarships, students must submit their application for admission by February 1 for enrollment beginning the following fall.
These scholarships provide students with a minimum guaranteed scholarship based on their academic involvement with a high school program. These awards cannot be combined with other merit-based scholarships but provide a baseline for academic awarding. If a student qualifies for a higher merit-based scholarship, the higher amount will be awarded.
Governor’s School for the Arts
Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs
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 $24,000 per year.
Henry Clay High School (Lexington) — 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
Frederick Douglass High School (Lexington) — Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Pathway
Students involved in any of these Lexington high school academies receive a guaranteed minimum award of $20,000 per year.
The Gatton Academy Of Mathematics And Science
Craft Academy For Excellence In Science And Mathematics
Graduates of these programs receive a guaranteed minimum award of $20,000 per year.
First Baptist Bracktown BMW Program
Henry Clay Center For Statesmanship
YMCA Black Achievers
Students of these programs receive a guaranteed minimum award of $20,000.
International Baccalaureate Programme participants can receive scholarships ranging from $10,000/year (diploma courses) to $18,000/year (full diploma candidates).
We know the kind of research you’re doing in your IB studies. You’re making connections across disciplines and gaining a greater perspective on complex global issues.
These are skills that Transylvania is known for fostering in our students, so you’re going to come into your first year uniquely prepared to excel in our liberal arts curriculum. Whether you are interested in business or exercise science, biology or philosophy—the experience you’ve gained in IB will give you a leg up.
The conversations you started in IB can be continued at Transylvania. We speak the same language and hold the same values. Let us help you apply your IB training to one of our 46 majors and reward you for your hard work.
IB Scholars are Guaranteed
- Scholarships ranging from $10,000/year (Diploma Courses) to $18,000/year (Full Diploma candidates)
- College credit for HL exam scores of 5, 6 or 7
- College credit for IB SL exam scores of 6 or 7
- An extra unit of credit for 30 points or higher on the Diploma
- Early entry into the 100 Doors to Success mentor program. Students will be paired with an experienced mentor who will help guide them through their four years of college and into the workforce.
- Internship opportunities for academic credit
- Special admission application that allows you to submit a piece of IB work instead of an essay for admission
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.
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.
These scholarships are eligible to be combined with any merit-based scholarship. Students are awarded based on a variety of factors, such as leadership, diversity involvement, financial need, interest in non-NCAA athletics, religious affiliation, legacy status, etc.
For more information on these scholarships, please contact the Office of Admissions at 859-233-8242.
These scholarships of $7,500 per year are awarded to students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds on the basis of academic success, intellectual engagement, leadership and service experiences.
Students admitted for fall 2021 who have a parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, sibling or step-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.
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.
This scholarship of $1,000 per year is awarded to those who are recruited for the esports program. Contact coach Nicolas Thomas at email@example.com for more information.
Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) Scholarship
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Transylvania have been partners in education since 1865.
As a result of this historic relationship, any DOC student admitted for fall 2022 who is a verified member of a DOC congregation will be awarded an automatic $1,000 scholarship per year ($4,000 over four years) to attend Transylvania. The DOC scholarship is renewable annually provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. For more information, contact Emily Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. This is a competitive scholarship.
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 is a competitive scholarship.
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.
International students who are admitted to Transylvania will receive merit-based scholarships in the form of the scholarship amounts listed below. International students are not eligible for federal and state financial aid.
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 a virtual 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
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.)
- 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 telling us about your leadership skills in your school or community and how you plan to continue applying your leadership skills at the school you are applying to.
#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarships must be submitted to Alice Schaaf, assistant director of international recruitment, via email at email@example.com by Dec. 1.