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Institutional ScholarshipsHealth ProfessionsOutside Scholarships

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.

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 (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.
  • 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. 

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
1. Undergraduate students shall be given priority as recipients of this scholarship.
2. Student must be in good academic standing with the university.
3. Student must express a commitment to enroll in the following semester and/or to graduate from the University of Pikeville.
4. Students must certify that they have applied for all other scholarships available through the university before receiving this scholarship aid.
5. 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!
Deadline – Fall – September 15, Spring – Feb 15

Students coming from HS or who transfer in less than 30 credits will receive a GPA scholarship based on their High School GPA.  Students that transfer 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

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!
Deadline of February 1st, each year

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).

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.

Deadline February 14th, 2023


  • 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.

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!


Deadline – 8/1/2021

The Wells Family Scholarship was established in honor of Kelly and Shawne Wells. Scholarships are awarded annually to students from Pike County, KY, Rowan County, KY, Letcher County, KY, Floyd County, KY, Martin County, KY, Mingo County, WV and Maysville, KY. The scholarship is 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

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.


Deadline:  August 1st

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

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.


Deadline: Sept 23 of each year

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.

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
Sallie Mae SearchWebsiteOpen to allVariesNone
Fast Web/Sallie Mae WebsiteOpen to allVariesNone
Scholarship GuidanceWebsiteVariesVariesVaries
EduMed scholarship searchWebsiteHealth Care Management/Nursing majorsVariesVaries
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
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
Organic Life Start ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$50012/31 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
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
Marketing ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,00012/31 yearly
Trial Pro scholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,000 3/20/23
Everyone can learn Python ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$5,000 3/31/23
Sara Jean Parks Pendleton ScholarshipWebsiteWomen in medical professionVaries5/15/23
Pachyy Financial ScholarshipWebsiteFinance Majors$1,000 7/31/23 Essay ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$3,000 8/01/23
GoPromotional ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$1,000 8/30/23
24 Hour Wristbands Annual ScholarshipWebsiteOpen to all$6008/31/23
Johnny Chen Media Content Writing Annual Scholarship ContestWebsiteOpen to all$6008/31/23
1F Cash Advance Financial Champions ScholarshipWebsite3.0 GPA$1,50012/31/23
Investor Fraud Awareness Scholarship EssayWebsiteOpen to allVaries12/31/23