Institutional Scholarship Guidelines

To be accepted into UPIKE, you must submit a completed application for admission as well as your high school/college transcripts and ACT/SAT scores.

In order to qualify for financial aid, you are also required to complete the FAFSA (as soon after October 1 as possible). Students will be required to complete a new FAFSA each year.

UPIKE may offer a need-based adjustment to those Kentucky resident students who are not Pell eligible.

If you are an incoming transfer student with fewer than 12 credits, you will be granted a scholarship based on your highest ACT score and high school grade point average. If you are a transfer student with more than 12 credits, you will be granted a scholarship based on your college GPA.

Athletic scholarships are in addition to academic scholarships and are determined by the coach of each sport.

Scholarships are available up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.

Some institutional scholarships cannot be stacked with other awards.

GPA + ACT = Your Scholarship Award

Find your high school GPA and your standardized ACT score on the chart below. Combine those two numbers and that is your scholarship award made annually for the next four years.

3.75 and above$6,000
3.5-3.74 $5,000
2.75-2.99  $2,500
2.74 and below   $2,000
ACT   Amount
25 and above$2,000
21-24     $1,500
Less than 21$500

Activity Scholarships

ScholarshipEligibility Requirements Award Amount
*Governor’s ScholarCompletion of program$3,200
*Rogers’ Scholar   Completion of program$3,200
*UPIKE Dual Credit Program
Completion of five hours
with “B” or better average
Athletic ScholarshipsAthletic talent  Amounts Vary
Organizational Scholarship
Band, Choir, Academic Team
Audition/InterviewAmounts Vary
*Optometry Scholars Program ScholarshipAdmitted to program$3,200

*Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program Scholarship
Admitted to program$3,200
*Early College AcademyCompletion of program$3,200

*Freshmen only

Student may receive only one activity scholarship. 2020-2021 awards are subject to change. All UPIKE scholarships are based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per semester).

The Pikeville Promise

UPIKE’s Pikeville Promise is a full-coverage, four-year scholarship that places an emphasis on academics and financial need.

  • Apply (submit test scores and transcripts) and be admitted to UPIKE.
  • File the FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible your senior year. Aid is awarded on a funds-available basis; some funds can deplete early.
  • Display full eligibility for Pell, CAP and KTG grants.
  • Be a Kentucky resident.
  • To keep the Pikeville Promise for four years, recipients must maintain the following standards:
    • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours each year.
    • File the FAFSA.
    • Display full eligibility for Pell, CAP and KTG grants. 

For more information, call (606) 218-5254 or toll-free at 1-866-BEARS00.

Legacy Award

UPIKE will give five Legacy Awards to students entering in the fall semester who have an immediate family member who has graduated from Pikeville College/UPIKE. Each award will be $3,000 a year and is renewable for four years.

Presidential Fellow Scholarship

This full-ride scholarship will include room and board and is renewable for up to eight semesters or until the completion of a bachelor’s degree, as long as selected students meet renewal criteria.


  • Achieve a minimum high school GPA of 3.75
  • Receive an ACT score of 28 or higher or an SAT score of 1300 or higher
  • Complete 50 hours of documented community service, prior to high school graduation
  • Submit a personal statement to
  • Available to work 10 hours a week on campus while in school

Deadline for applications is February 15th, 2021 @ 8PM.

A scholarship committee will review applications. In addition to ensuring that all applicants meet the required criteria, the committee will review the personal statements to establish a list of finalists. All finalists will be invited for an interview. Preference will be given to residents of Kentucky.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at or call (606) 218-5251.