At University of the Cumberlands, we strive to help make an education affordable. We offer a number of scholarships that are available to full-time undergraduate students, excluding online students, and are renewable for up to 4 years. Scholarship amounts range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Students may qualify for only one scholarship in the academic category.
Our Priority Filing Date for scholarship applications is December 31st, however, applications submitted after that date may be considered on a case by case basis. All applicants for scholarships should be accepted for admission prior to scholarship application submission and, in general, should have filed the FAFSA.
First-time Freshmen students who were selected as Rogers Scholars and who scored a 24 or higher ACT and have a 3.4 or higher GPA are eligible for the Rogers Scholars scholarship of up to $12,750 per year. There is no application. The scholarship will automatically be awarded once the student has been accepted and completed the FAFSA.
First-time Freshmen who graduated from the Governor's Scholars program are eligible for a Dean's scholarship of up to $15,250. There is no application. The scholarship will automatically be awarded once the student has been accepted and completed the FAFSA.
Dean's Scholarships are available for first time Freshmen with outstanding college entrance exam scores. Eligibility is based on a student's ACT and/or SAT score, and high school GPA. To qualify, a student must score a 29 or higher on the ACT or a 1350 or higher on the SAT (CR+M) and must have a 3.5 or higher GPA. Dean's Scholarships are up to $15,250 per year. Students must maintain a college GPA of 2.5 to receive the Dean’s Scholarship each year. There is no application. The scholarship will automatically be awarded once the student has been accepted and completed the FAFSA.
The Transfer Scholarship is available for students transferring to University of the Cumberlands from another college or university and that will be attending UC as an on campus student. Eligibility is based on a student's current college GPA. To qualify, a student must have a college GPA of 2.5 or higher. Transfer Scholarships are up to $11,750 per year. There is no application. The scholarship will automatically be awarded once the student has been accepted and completed the FAFSA.
Athletic Scholarships are offered in both men's and women's intercollegiate athletics in accordance with the regulations of the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference. These scholarships are based on athletic potential and are awarded by an appropriate member of the athletic staff in coordination with the Financial Aid Office. These scholarships are limited in number by regulation and institutional policy. Interested students should contact the coach of the sport in which competition is desired.
The Bert T. Combs Scholarship Program is a grant designed to meet full-tuition (not room and board) costs. The grant makes up the difference between Federal, State, KEES and Merit monies. The qualifications are as follows:
To qualify, a student must:
- Score a 18 or higher on the ACT
- Have a cumulative 2.75 or higher high school or college GPA (transfer students are also eligible)
- Must apply for, be eligible for and receive the Federal Pell Grant and the KTG and CAP Grants and KEES. Student must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $2,000 or less
- Must be a Kentucky resident
As a private Christian university, affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, University of the Cumberlands (UC) places significant value on the contributions of individuals through active participation in leadership positions within their local church or Christian organizations in their school or community. The Christian Leadership Scholarship Program seeks to acknowledge the leadership contributions of deserving students by providing scholarship funds and leadership opportunities while attending UC.
Scholarship recipients are automatically enrolled in the Freshmen Leadership Development Program sponsored by UC Campus Ministries, which is used to strengthen one’s Christian faith while also further developing leadership qualities. After completion of the program, students will be placed into leadership positions in one of the university’s affiliated ministries for the remainder of their tenure at UC. The scholarship is renewed annually based upon consistent and meaningful leadership contributions within the assigned ministry area.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
- Be actively involved in a leadership position within a local church, school sponsored Christian organization, or other Christian organizations or activities within their community.
- Complete this scholarship application and submit it by December 1st
- Complete the admission process and be admitted to the university by December 1st
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1st
Jim Taylor II Scholarship
Current seniors from Williamsburg and Whitley County High Schools only
The trustees of the fund have determined that a scholarship or scholarships will be awarded each year to graduating seniors from Williamsburg High School and Whitley County High School. The Scholarship may be renewed up to four years at the University of the Cumberlands. The scholarship amount may vary from year to year and from student to student, depending on funds available as well as the individual financial needs of the applicants.
Each applicant must meet and submit the following criteria:
- Have a minimum ACT score of 19
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in high school
- Have been admitted to University of the Cumberlands
- Have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University of the Cumberlands
- Write a letter to Young Jim’s parents, Dr. & Mrs. Taylor, telling them why you want to receive the Jim Taylor, II Scholarship and why you want to attend University of the Cumberlands.
Priority consideration will be given to complete applications submitted to your Guidance Counselor by December 31st. Application submitted after December 31st and prior to January 1st will be considered on a case by case basis.
This scholarship carries not only the traditional stipulations, but the recipient should have many of the same personality traits as Young Jim. The recipient should be a lover of life; a young person who does not interpret life as a burden to be borne in total seriousness, but one who vies for life seriously enough to press toward fulfillment and who also knows that life is fun. It is so often that this type of young person is overlooked but who becomes the most successful in life.
Jim Taylor, II was fun-loving but realized the appropriate time for concern and study; and because he lived, the world is a better place. As in the past, the recipients of this scholarship will surely make the world a better place also.
Student renewal of Scholarship will be based on the following criteria:
- Student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 your Freshman year
- Must maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average each year following
- Must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.
- Must have a work study position each semester
The Lewis Appalachian Scholarship has been established by an alumnus to recognize two incoming Freshmen from eastern Kentucky who demonstrates academic promise and a genuine desire to give back to their community. This scholarship is a $1000 non-renewable scholarship and has an application deadline of December 31st. Any application submitted after December 31st, may be given consideration on case by case basis.
Students from the following list of schools in eastern Kentucky will be eligible to apply for this scholarship:
- Bell County
- Betsy Lane
- Breathitt County
- Clay County
- East Ridge
- Estill County
- Harlan County
- Jackson City
- Johnson Central
- Knott County Central
- Lawrence County
- Lee County
- Leslie County
- Letcher County
- Magoffin County
- North Laurel
- Owsley County
- Perry County Central
- Piarist School
- Pike County Central
- Powell County
- Red Bird Christian
- Riverside Christian
- Shelby Valley
- Sheldon Clark
- South Floyd
- South Laurel
- Wolfe County
As a private Christian university, affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, University of the Cumberlands places significant value on its relationship with the churches of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
The KBC Church Member Scholarship seeks to acknowledge a student’s membership, active attendance and participation within a local church congregation that is in cooperation and good standing with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In providing this scholarship, the university is making an investment in the lives of individual students and in the future of local KBC affiliated churches and the overall convention.
Eligible students may receive up to a $1,000 scholarship depending on the student’s amount of financial need and other financial aid received.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
- Be an active member of a church that is in cooperation and in good standing with the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
- Complete the admission process and be admitted to the university;
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
Applications submitted by December 31st will be given priority consideration. Application submitted after December 31st may be considered on a case by case basis.
For more information, please contact:
Office of Church Relations
7934 College Station Dr.
Williamsburg, KY 40769
Tel: 800-343-1609 ext. 4154
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a permanent resident of a Kentucky coal‐producing county.
- Have earned at least sixty (60) credit hours toward a bachelor's degree.
- Be enrolled at least half‐time in a bachelor's degree program.
- Be in good academic standing.
- Have no past due financial obligations to KHEAA.
- Up to $6,800 per year at nonprofit, independent institution located in a coal-producing county;
Music Scholarships are available to students who plan to major in music. Scholarship amounts vary and are based upon the successful completion of an audition. Scholarships are awarded annually as long as the student remains a music major. For more information about the audition process, contact Dr. Jeff Smoak, Music Department Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Band Scholarships are awarded to all members of the UC Marching Band and Concert Band. Marching Band members receive a $1,500 band scholarship upon completion of the fall semester. For more information about these scholarships, contact Dr. Steven Sudduth, Director of Bands (email@example.com).