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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.

Academic Scholarships

Patriot Scholars Program

Desire to compete in our distinguished Patriot Scholars Program? University of the Cumberlands offers new students the opportunity to receive a scholarship valued at the full price of tuition ($9,875 for the 2019/20 academic year). Award recipients will enjoy the benefits of the scholarship for up to eight full-time (12 credits or more) semesters. 

Do you have what it takes? Applicants must submit their application by the 12/1 priority deadline. 

Qualifications include the following:

  • Minimum academic requirements to apply are 3.5 cumulative high school GPA and a 27 ACT score.
  • Display characteristics of servant leadership, perseverance, academic excellence, and commitment to community service. 
  • After the priority deadline has passed, the scholarship committee will select a number of best candidates to attend an event in January or February. These individuals will enjoy various opportunities to engage campus officials and students. During the event, the scholarship committee will interview each applicant invited.


Patriot Scholars Program

Presidential Scholarship

Presidential Scholarships are available for first time Freshmen based on 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 18 or higher on the ACT or a 940 or higher on the SAT (CR+M) and must have a 2.5 or higher GPA. Presidential Scholarships awards range in amount. Students must maintain a college GPA of 2.0 to receive the Presidential Scholarship each year. There is no application. The scholarship will automatically be awarded once the student has been accepted and completed the FAFSA.

Transfer Scholarship

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 Scholarship amounts range in amount based on the student’s current college GPA.There is no application. The scholarship will automatically be awarded once the student has been accepted and completed the FAFSA. 

Other Scholarships

ARMY ROTC Scholarship

Our new ARMY ROTC scholarship program will offer Cumberlands cadets a $500 annual scholarship and free textbooks through our textbook loan program. 

Cumberlands ROTC builds a foundation of respect, integrity and duty through a focused leadership program. Character, fitness and skills are strengthened as you move forward through the program to fulfill the Army’s ROTC motto – Leadership Excellence.  

Above all, you are the future. You are Leadership Excellence. Go Forward. 

Contact Clint Davis for more information. 

Athletic Scholarship

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.

Christian Leadership Scholarship

As a private Christian university, the 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.  Extracurricular commitment for the scholarship will be equivalent to that of serving as a player on a university athletic team.

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.
  • Plan to be a new first-year student at UC
  • 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
  • Submit an essay indicating why you wish to attend UC and what a college education will mean to you
  • Submit a thank you letter to Young Jim’s parents, Dr. & Mrs. Taylor, after the start of the fall semester

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


Lewis Appalachian Scholarship

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 $1,000 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 
  • Belfry
  • Betsy Lane 
  • Breathitt County 
  • Buckhorn 
  • Clay County
  • Cordia 
  • East Ridge 
  • Estill County 
  • Harlan 
  • Harlan County 
  • Hazard 
  • Jackson City 
  • Jenkins
  • Johnson Central 
  • Knott County Central 
  • Lawrence County 
  • Lee County 
  • Leslie County 
  • Letcher County 
  • Magoffin County 
  • Middlesboro 
  • North Laurel
  • Owsley County
  • Paintsville 
  • Perry County Central 
  • Phelps
  • Piarist School 
  • Pikeville 
  • Pike County Central 
  • Pineville
  • Powell County 
  • Prestonsburg 
  • Red Bird Christian
  • Riverside Christian 
  • Shelby Valley 
  • Sheldon Clark 
  • South Floyd 
  • South Laurel
  • Wolfe County 


Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships are available to students who plan to participate in music ensembles at UC. Scholarship amounts vary and are based upon the successful completion of an audition.  Scholarships are awarded annually. For more information about the audition process, contact us by phone or email:

Phone: 606.539.4332