UK Education Abroad offers a competitive scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students participating on for-credit education abroad programs throughout the academic year. The UK Education Abroad Scholarship is funded by students for students, demonstrating the support for international academic experiences at UK. The UK Education Abroad Scholarship is awarded three times per year and is intended to be just one component of a student’s comprehensive strategy for funding education abroad experiences. For additional funding resources, please visit the Education Abroad Scholarship & Financial Aid website.
*College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy clinical rotation participants must apply for the UK Education Abroad Rotation Scholarship by the deadline set by your specific college. All other rotation students including FM 815/825 may apply to the general education abroad scholarship.
The Scholarship Review Committee, comprised of faculty and staff from across campus, considers the following criteria when reviewing applications:
- Financial Need: Financial need is considered in its broadest form, not just whether or not students are eligible for federal financial aid. In addition to those who can demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA, students may have great financial need if they work to finance their own education, if they are independent from their family with limited financial support, if they are unable to work during the traditional school year due to curricular or co-curricular constraints, etc.
- Academic Achievement: In addition to GPA, academic achievement can be demonstrated via engagement in things like research, internships, co-curricular activities, pre-professional organizations, etc.
- Program Selection: Strong scholarship applicants will be able to demonstrate how their chosen education abroad program will serve to further their academic and/or career goals. Statements such as, “I’ve always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower!” might not be well received by the review committee. Additionally, students are encouraged to explain why/how personal finances may or may not have been considered when selecting a particular program, geographic location, etc.
- Personal Background: This application will ask students to provide information on things such as previous travel experience, never having been abroad before, whether or not someone is a transfer student or first generation, racial/ethnic minority, religious minority, veteran, etc.
Students participating on “UK Sponsored: Embedded” programs are NOT eligible for this scholarship and should instead apply for the UK New Horizon Scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded in three different increments: $750, $1000, or $1500. It is important to note that students studying on short term programs (2 – 6 weeks) typically receive the $750 or $1000 awards whereas students studying on longer programs often receive greater consideration for the $1000 and $1500 awards. Student's are not guaranteed to be awarded a scholarship.
In order to be considered for a UK Education Abroad Scholarship, students must complete the following by the scholarship deadline:
- Scholarship Application (click “apply here” at the top of this page)
- Letter of Recommendation Form (available online after you’ve begun this scholarship application)
- Education Abroad program application in “accepted or committed status”
Students who have not applied for a for-credit education abroad program (in addition to this scholarship application) will not be eligible for the UK Education Abroad Scholarship. Meaning, it is not possible to wait and see if a scholarship is awarded before selecting a program on which to participate.
Please understand that this scholarship will not be issued in the form of cash and will not be disbursed in advance of the term a student will be studying abroad. All scholarship funding is tied to the credit you are taking. If you are receiving credit in the spring, but travelling in the summer, you are required to apply for the spring scholarship. UK EA cannot distribute funds if you are not registered for a course. UK Education Abroad Scholarship awards are disbursed to the student’s UK Billing Account at the beginning of the term they will be abroad (i.e. June for SSII, or August for Fall). Once disbursed, the scholarship award will pay off any outstanding Billing Account balances first and the remainder of the award will be issued to the student via direct deposit.
*If you are a graduate student and choose to opt out of EAP-599 you will not be eligible for the UK EA Scholarship. Please contact your advisor if you have additional questions.
This means that students may need to pay for some things out-of-pocket, such as airfare, spending money, deposits, etc., and then pay themselves back once the scholarship award is disbursed.
October 1 (Winter, Spring & *Academic Year Programs), February 1st (Summer Programs), and April 1st (Fall Programs). Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
*Academic Year applicants must apply separately for the Fall and Spring scholarship application cycles. Applicant Year applicants are not guaranteed to receive funding for both terms.
UK Education Abroad makes every effort to inform all applicants about scholarship awards 3-4 weeks after the application deadline. The goal is for students to be notified at the 1st of the next month.
Letter of Recommendation from a UK Faculty, Advisor or staff member who can speak to your academic, professional, and personal goals. Must have a .uky email address.
An essay, 200-500 words, referencing financial need and academic merit.