Scholarships for first-year students are awarded on the basis of the student's high school grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, writing ability and leadership potential. The scholarship application gives a good overview of each applicant's development in those areas.

Eligibility for First Year Scholarships

To be eligible for a College of Agriculture, Food and Environment First-Year Scholarship applicants must:

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Kentucky with a major in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment by the December 1 deadline. (For more information about applying to UK, see Admissions.)
  2. Complete the First-Year Scholarship Application
  3. Applicant ACT/SAT scores & high school GPA will be verified with the scores sent to the admissions office at UK. If students do not complete the application for admission to the university by their deadline, they will not be considered for scholarships within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
  4. Write a carefully composed essay of approximately 500 words or less that answers the question on the application (more info below).

Each application will be reviewed by the College Scholarship Committee. The committee will decide if a scholarship will be awarded and, if so, the amount of the award. Recipients will be notified of the award offer in April.

In addition to providing personal contact information, applicants will be expected to state awards and recognitions, extracurricular activities, volunteer experience and general work experience.  Lastly, all applicants must answer the following essay question in 500 words or less: "Describe a topic, idea or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time.  Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?"

Duration of Scholarship

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scholarships are awarded for one academic year, in two equal amounts, for the fall and spring semesters.
Students must re-apply for Continuing student scholarships in the spring of each year.

Most college scholarships are partial scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000. The average first-year scholarship generally ranges between $1,000 and $1,500.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment First Year (Freshman) Scholarship application is now open.  Click here to access the application.