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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

Presidential Scholarship

Presidential scholarships are available for first-time freshmen based on college entrance exam scores and high school GPA. To qualify, a student must have at least an 18 ACT score or a 940 SAT score (CR+M) and must have a 2.5 or higher GPA. Presidential scholarship awards range in amounts and are renewable each year as long as a student maintains a 2.0 college GPA. There is no application and scholarships will automatically be awarded once the student has been accepted and completed the FAFSA. 

Transfer Scholarship

Transfer scholarships are available for students transferring to University of the Cumberlands from another college or university who will be enrolled in the on-campus undergraduate program. Eligibility and amounts are based on the student’s current college GPA. A student must have a college GPA of 2.5 or higher to qualify. There is a no application and 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

This scholarship awards renewable funds for up to four years for students from Williamsburg High School and Whitley County High School. Each applicant must meet and submit the following criteria:

  • Minimum ACT score of 19
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Apply and be accepted to University of the Cumberlands
  • Submission of the FAFSA
  • Submission of an essay indicating why you wish to attend UC and what a college education will mean to you

Priority consideration will be given to completed applications submitted to the high school Guidance Counselor by December 31st. Applications submitted after December 31st will be considered on a case by case basis. 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 recipients. 


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