Although only one application is required for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scholarship, there are dozens of potential awards. Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, awards are based on criteria such as major, hometown, career goals, club involvement, and more.

Our college 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.

Application Overview

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 primary major in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment by December 1.
  2. Complete the First-Year Scholarship Application. 
  3. Applicant ACT/SAT scores & high school GPA will be verified with the scores sent to UK Admissions. If students do not complete the application for admission to the university by December 1, 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 application question (more info below).

Applicants will be asked to outline their leadership and involvement activities, including part-time work, throughout their high school career. This may include activities such as sports, clubs, part-time work, awards, volunteer work, and more. 

Students are encouraged to think through their extracurricular activities and create a list prior to beginning the application.  

The essay portion is extremely important. Applications will be asked to answer the following question in 500 words or less: 

  • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you are passionate about. Whey does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

To create the best possible response, students are encouraged to draft their answer prior to beginning the application. 

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 semester of each year.

NOTE: Other scholarships from the University of Kentucky may be renewed annually. 

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment scholarship application for incoming Fall 2020 freshmen is closed. 

The application for Fall 2021 freshmen will open in September 2020 and close on December 1, 2020. 

More money is available

In addition to our college awards, other University of Kentucky scholarships are available. Some of these awards are automatic for those who apply by December 1. For example, Kentucky freshmen with a 26 ACT and 3.3 GPA may receive an automatic $2,500 annual scholarship.

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For questions specific to our college scholarship, contact Deb Ramey in the Center for Student Success. For general questions about FAFSA, student loans, other University of Kentucky scholarships and more, contact your UK Financial Aid Counselor.

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