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The Pikeville Promise

Pikeville Promise is applied to the cost of tuition only after Pell, College Access Program, Kentucky Tuition Grant, UPIKE Academic Scholarship or other tuition only awards. 

Amounts can vary.

  • 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.

Undergraduate Student Emergency Fund Award

Thanks to the generosity of University of Pikeville alumni and friends, the Undergraduate Student Emergency Fund will assist students faced with temporary or unusual undue hardships

Funds will be awarded on a case-by-case basis. The student’s financial need, the type of the funding request, and the availability of funds will be taken into consideration when allocating this award. A committee at the university will review each application.

Awards will not exceed $500. Expenses covered but are not limited to: Medicines/prescriptions, emergency food/clothing, electric needs, housing, medical bills, or transportation bills.

Eligible Requirements:

  • Student must be currently enrolled full-time in UPIKE undergraduate program.
  • Student will be asked to provide sufficient documentation (bills) of financial hardships.
  • Student must not exceed the financial aid cost of attendance at UPIKE.

Institutional Scholarships

Institutional Scholarships are awards that are funded by the university.  

All institutional scholarships have the following requirements:

  • You are required to complete the FAFSA. 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.
  • 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 (combined) with other awards.
  • Institutional scholarship are available to students who have not yet received their first bachelor’s degree
  • Institutional awards, with the exception of Athletic and Activity, are applied to tuition only. Awards may be reduced based on other aid received. 

Students coming out of high school or who transfer in less than 30 credits will receive a GPA scholarship based on their high school GPA. Students that transfer with 30 or more credits from another institution will receive the award based on the calculated GPA from their transfer credits.

GPA Institutional Scholarships Amount
3.75 and above Trustee Excellence Scholarship $8,000
3.5-3.74 Provost Leadership Award $6,750
3.0-3.49 Dean Service Award $5,000
2.75-2.99   Appalachian Academic Achievement $3,750
2.74 and below    Mountain Merit Award $3,000

Official high school and college transcripts must be on file before Scholarship can be awarded

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements Award Amount
*Governor’s Scholar Completion 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 Scholarships Athletic talent   Amounts Vary
Organizational Scholarship
Band, Choir, Academic Team
Audition/Interview Amounts Vary
*Optometry Scholars Program Scholarship Admitted to program $3,200
*Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program Scholarship Admitted to program $3,200
*Early College Academy Completion of program $3,200

*Freshmen only

Student may receive only one activity scholarship. 2022-2023 awards are subject to change. All UPIKE scholarships are based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per semester).

Scholarship Purpose:

The purpose of the fund is to assist with student retention by partially filling the financial gap needed so as to allow a student who has finished a school semester still owing any required balance to enroll in the following semester and/or to graduate, and to receive an award up to eighty (80%) of their outstanding balance.

The maximum award shall not exceed the sum of $4,000 in any one-calendar school year.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Undergraduate students shall be given priority as recipients of this scholarship.
  • Student must be in good academic standing with the university.
  • Student must express a commitment to enroll in the following semester and/or to graduate from the University of Pikeville.
  • Students must certify that they have applied for all other scholarships available through the university before receiving this scholarship aid.
  • The scholarship award shall remain with the university to be applied to any outstanding cost of typical tuition, room, board, and/or textbooks.]

Please write at least 250 words in length about your educational experience at UPIKE, your financial situation, and how you would use this scholarship to help you continue leaning and preparing for your future.

Application Form!
Fall – September 15
Spring – February 15

This $1000 scholarship will provide assistance to Education Majors attending The University of Pikeville to help cover the cost of their education.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Students in the 7th Judicial district of Eastern Kentucky, with preference given to students in Pike and Martin County.
  • Students demonstrating financial need and a Christian background.
  • Student can only be awarded once. A new student will be selected each year that the scholarship is funded.
  • These scholarship funds will go toward open balances, no funds will be disbursed directly to the student.

Student must submit an essay. The essay must be at least 500 words in length about your educational experience at UPIKE and how you would use this scholarship to help you continue learning and preparing to teach the next generation.

Application Form

Annual Deadline: September 23

The purpose of the fund is to provide assistance to a first-generation undergraduate student at the University of Pikeville.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Students must be a first-generation student.
  • Students must be in their first semester at the university.
  • This is a one-time scholarship that can be combined with any other awards the student may have as long as it does not exceed the Cost of Attendance. 
  • Short essay on how receiving this scholarship would enhance your college experience.

Application Form

Annual Deadline: August 20

The purpose is to provide assistance to a first-generation undergraduate student athlete at the University of Pikeville who shows financial need. The recipient must be a new student, whether a transfer or high school graduate. Preference will be given to student athletes on the baseball team. This is a one-year scholarship in the amount of $3,000 which will help offset the cost of tuition and/or room and board. A new student will be selected each year.

To apply, the student must submit an essay to the university scholarship committee on why he or she wants to be a UPIKE Bear.

Application Form

Annual Deadline:  August 25

UPIKE will give 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 based of availability and is renewable for four years.

Application Form
Annual Deadline: February 1

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.

Scholarship 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

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.

Deadline: February 14

The University of Pikeville Alumni Association Scholarship will be awarded each fall to one undergraduate student at the university. The student must have an immediate relative who is an alumna/alumnus of the University of Pikeville and meet the listed criteria.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Preference is given to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Applicant must be a full-time student (complete 12+ hours per semester)
  • Applicant must be pursuing a four-year degree at the University of Pikeville
  • Applicant must have an immediate relative who is an alumna/alumnus of the University of Pikeville

Please note:
The recipient will receive up to $2,000 for one academic year ($1,000/semester).

A 3.0 GPA must be maintained during the fall semester or the scholarship will not be continued for the spring semester.

This is considered a one-time scholarship, however, past recipients can reapply each year.

Application Form

Annual Deadline: August 1

The purpose of the fund is to provide assistance to an undergraduate student majoring in elementary education at the University of Pikeville.

Scholarship Criteria

  • For students that are fully admitted into the Patton College of Education majoring in elementary education.
  • Students must be from Pike or Floyd County, Kentucky.
  • Students must have 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher and show financial need.

One student per year, pending funding, will be awarded $1000 ($500 for fall and $500 for spring).

This is a one-time scholarship that can be combined with any other awards the student may have as long as it does not exceed the Cost of Attendance.

This scholarship can be awarded towards tuition and/or on-campus living expenses.

Application Form

Annual Deadline:  August 20

The Wells Family Scholarship was established in honor of Kelly and Shawne Wells.

Scholarships Criteria

  • Must be from Pike County, KY, Rowan County, KY, Letcher County, KY, Floyd County, KY, Martin County, KY, Mingo County, WV or Maysville, KY.
  • Designed to be used for a new student to the university (transfer or HS graduate).

This scholarship will help offset the student’s cost of tuition and/or room and board.

Application Form

Application Deadline: April 15

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

Health Professions

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KYCOM Scholarships

The most commonly awarded scholarships are service commitment scholarships and specific state scholarships based on residency status. Information about these Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine scholarships can be found on the KYCOM scholarships page.

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Nursing Scholarships

The link below is for students to discover how to apply for and win scholarships for Nursing education.

Kentucky Nursing Incentive Scholarship Eligibility: Kentucky residents admitted to an approved nursing program who agree to work full time as nurses in Kentucky one year for each year funded. For prelicensure nursing programs, students must complete at least 15 credit hours per academic year of published nursing program requirements.

For the graduate nursing program, students must complete at least 9 credit hours per academic year of core nursing courses required. Must maintain a minimum GPA. Scholarship must be repaid if program or work requirement is not met.

Award: Varies

Application: Write
Kentucky Board of Nursing,
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40222-5172 or print from

Applications must be postmarked January 1 to June 1.
Contact: Amy Ninneman, Program Coordinator, 502.429.7179,


You are eligible if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized), a national, or a lawful permanent resident
  • Are an accepted or enrolled student in a nursing degree program at a United States accredited school of nursing
  • Begin classes no later than September 30
  • Don’t have any federal judgment liens
  • Don’t have an existing service commitment
  • Aren’t overdue on a federal debt

Note: We give funding preference to those who need the most help financially.

*Note: The scholarships listed are for all nursing students, not just all online students.

Outside Scholarships

Students need to be careful when applying for scholarships.  Some things to keep in mind:

If you receive offers for scholarship and financial aid services, research them carefully if a fee is involved. How do you know if the offer is questionable? Watch for this type of language:

  • “You’ve been selected…”
  • “You’re a finalist…”
  • “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
  • “May I have your credit card number or checking account routing number?”
  • “The scholarship will cost some money.”

Also check out for other tips when applying for scholarships.

**This third party scholarship opportunity has been posted for you as a convenience.  As such, said scholarship is not in any way under the control of University of Pikeville.  UPIKE is not responsible for, nor does it endorse any scholarships other than those offered by the university. Accordingly, UPIKE does not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, product content/and or information of parties offering third party scholarships.**

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Outside Scholarships

NamewebsiteWho can applyAmountDeadline
Annual Scholarships
Heroes Scholarship FoundationWebsiteMultiple scholarship available
-Military family members
-Firefigher and family
-Law enforcement and family
-African American
-Student Nurse
-Student Doctor
$1000-$2000 per scholarshipNone
CFF Foundation Education AwardWebsiteOpen to all$1,500 Quarterly
Discover ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$5,000Monthly
Mental Health ScholarshipWebsite/Undergrad$1,000Every fall and spring
Hirenest Academic ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$5,000Every fall and spring
Single Parent ScholarshipWebsiteSingle Parents$500-$1000Every Summer, Spring and Fall
The Richard Rawle Memorial ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$2,000 1/1 till 6/1 yearly
Chairish ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$2,500 1/1 and 6/30 yearly
InfantCPR Safebaby ScholarshipWebsiteBS in Healthcare (RNBSN program)$1,000 1/10 and 7/10 yearly
BeMo Diversity Advocacy ScholarshipWebsitePre-med or medical students$5,000 5/31 and 10/31 yearly
THE UTOPIA MANAGEMENT SCHOLARS FUNDWebsite3.5 GPA - Higher$1,000 5/1 and 11/1 yearly
Organic Life Start ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$50012/31 and 6/30 yearly
Blankstyle Scholarship FundWebsiteOpen to all$1,00012/31 and 6/1 yearly
Single Parent ScholarshipWebsiteSingle Parents$2,00012/31 and 6/30 yearly
RentHop: College & University Scholarship ProgramWebsiteOpen to all$1,000 4/30 and 8/31 yearly
RealtyHop ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,000 4/30 and 8/31 yearly
LocalProbook scholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$5008/15 and 12/15 yearly
Incfile’s Entrepreneur GrantWebsiteMust have interest in starting a business$2,5003/31, 6/30 and 9/30 yearly
The UPG ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,0005/31 yearly
Pheabs Finance ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,000 8/7 yearly
Future of Finance Scholarship

WebsiteOpen to all$2,000 8/17 yearly
Trending Impact Journalist ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all / 2.0 GPA$5009/1 yearly
Study.comWebsite* Single parent scholarship
* Scholarship for Moms
* Scholarship for Transfer Students
* Adult Learner Scholarship
* Scholarship for Nontraditional Students
* Scholarship for Military members & Veterans
* Scholarship for Future Teachers
* Scholarship for Business Students
* Scholarship for Children of First Responders
* Nursing Student Scholarship
$1,00011/1 yearly
The Finger Finance ScholarshipWebsiteMath, Business or Accounting majors$1,00011/5 yearly
Marketing ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,00012/31 yearly
Deadline Scholarships
Corporate Responsibility & Brand Values ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$150010/31/23
Emery Reddy Workers’ Compensation Law Firm ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,00011/30/23
Robert Wayne Pearce Investor Fraud Awareness ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$2,50012/1/23
Knoji Corporate Responsibility & Brand Values ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,50010/31/2023
Path to Caring Excellence Scholarship 2023WebsiteNursing Students, GPA >2.5$1,00012/15/2023
Clean And Recovery Scholarship Essay ContestWebsiteOpen to all$1,00012/15/2023
“Growing Together” ScholarshipWebsiteGPA >3.8$1,00012/26/2023
1F Cash Advance Financial Champions ScholarshipWebsite3.0 GPA - Higher$1,50012/31/23
Troy Renkemeyer ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,00012/31/23
Investor Fraud Awareness Scholarship EssayWebsiteOpen to all$250012/1/23
Scholarship for Future EntrepreneursWebsiteSophomore in Business$1,0006/1/2024
Neurodiversity ScholarshipWebsiteidentify as neurodivergent, PSY, SW, or TEP majors$25001/15/2024
Student Diversity ScholarshipWebsitePSY, SW, or TEP majors$25001/15/2024
Distracted Driving Awareness ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,0002/10/2024
The WebXd ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$2,50004/30/2024
Good Life's Community ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$2,50005/01/2024
The ASAP Finance Student ScholarshipWebsiteGPA >2.6$1,00007/15/2024
Future Leaders in FinanceWebsiteGPA >2.8$1,0008/19/2024