Scholarships

Kentucky Wesleyan College Scholarships

A Kentucky Wesleyan education continually proves to be a great value for students who want an academically competitive atmosphere at an affordable cost. Ranking among the best private liberal arts schools in our field, we strive to remain one of the most economically priced institutions. Our students are rewarded for a strong academic background through our generous scholarship programs.


  • Wesleyan Scholars Scholarship Program

    • Minimum Requirements: 26 ACT/1150 SAT or better; 3.2 GPA or better

    • Students who meet the academic requirements and have been admitted to the college are invited to participate in the Wesleyan Scholars Scholarship Program.

      This invitation only scholarship competition gives students the opportunity to compete for scholarships that range up to Full Tuition renewable for four years. The following Scholarships will be awarded to those students who are invited and participate in the Brown-Heritage Scholarship Program:

      Kentucky Wesleyan Brown Scholarship

      Benefits: Full Tuition per year, renewable for four years

      Kentucky Wesleyan Winchester Scholarship

      Benefits: $15,000 per year, renewable for four years

      Kentucky Wesleyan Heritage Scholarship

      Benefits: Up to $13,500 per year, renewable for four years

      Kentucky Wesleyan Trustee Scholarship

      Benefits: Minimum of $10,000 per year, renewable for four years

    • DeadlineAll potential Wesleyan Scholars Program candidates are strongly encouraged to submit all required admissions application materials as soon as possible. Please contact the Office of Admissions should you have questions.

      Click here to apply to Kentucky Wesleyan College!

      Click here to view Brown-Heritage Scholarship Alumni

    • Kentucky Wesleyan Presidential Scholarship

      Scholarship Amount: $9,000 per year, renewable for four years All students who are eligible to participate in the Wesleyan Scholars Scholarship Competition, but choose not to attend the competition will receive a Presidential Scholarship.

 

  • Kentucky Wesleyan Rogers’ Fellows Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements: 
    •  – Must be a graduate of the Clark Country School District in Las Vegas, Nevada
       – Minimum of 2.8 GPA 
       – Minimum ACT of 22 or SAT equivalent of 1020
       – Co-curricular interests 
       – Demonstrated leadership
       – Interest in public service 
       – First generation college student preferred 
    • Benefits: Full tuition, fees, and room and board, renewable for four years.
    • To Apply: Applicants must apply to Kentucky Wesleyan College and be accepted in order to be eligible for these scholarships.  Scholarship applications are available on the Rogers Foundation web site; awarded funds will be distributed to students via the Kentucky Wesleyan Financial Aid Department.
    • About the Scholarship: The Rogers Foundation, an educational non-profit, was established by James E. Rogers, a Kentucky-born, long-time Las Vegas resident. It is open to college-bound residents of Southern Nevada who wish to attend Kentucky Wesleyan.

      Named in Princeton’s 2016 “Best of the Southeast” colleges, Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) is a small, private institution founded in 1858. With small faculty to student ratios (11:1), KWC offers courses of study in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Visual and Performing Arts, and others.

      The Rogers Foundation offers up to 12 annual full scholarships (beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year) for graduates of the Clark Country School District who wish to attend Kentucky Wesleyan, covering the full cost of tuition, fees, and room and board. Each award recipient will receive the scholarship for up to four full years of study.

 

  • Millersburg Scholarship

    • Requirements: 19 ACT and 3.0 GPA
    • Benefits: Scholarship Amount: $5,000-$9,000 per year, renewable for four years
    • Deadline: Rolling
    • We also encourage all students to apply for Federal Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov For more information, please contact our Admissions Office at 1-800-999-0592 or admissions@kwc.edu

 

  • Wesleyan Scholarship

    • Requirements: 19 ACT and 3.0 GPA

      Benefits: Scholarship Amount: $5,000-$9,000 per year, renewable for four years

      Deadline: Rolling

      We also encourage all students to apply for Federal Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov For more information, please contact our Admissions Office at 1-800-999-0592 or admissions@kwc.edu

 

  • Transfer Scholarships

    • Minimum Requirements: 2.0 GPA
    • Benefits: Up to $7,000 per year, renewable for four years

 

  • Kavanaugh Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements:
    •  – Must be a member of a United Methodist congregation
       – 21 ACT
       – 2.5 GPA
    • Benefits: Up to half tuition ($11,675)
    • combined with academic scholarship
    • To Apply: Click here for an online application
    • About the Scholarship: The Kavanaugh Scholarship, named for the first Kentucky-born Methodist bishop in the commonwealth, is a renewable scholarship that provides ½ the cost of tuition to eligible students who are members of a United Methodist congregation.

 

  • Governor’s Scholars Scholarship

    • The below information will be effective for new freshmen entering Kentucky Wesleyan College for the 2017-18 year. 
    • Minimum Requirements: Must have attended the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts or the Kentucky Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs. 
    • Benefits: Half tuition ($11,675), renewable for up to four years. 
    • For students with an ACT score of 25 or higher, you have the opportunity to submit an essay about your scholar experience to increase your scholarship. The students who submit the top six essays overall from the GSP, GSA, and GSE will be awarded $16,000 scholarships.

 

  • Pyles Scholars 

    • Minimum Requirements: 
    •  – Students entering the Teacher Education Program at Kentucky Wesleyan
       – 3.0 GPA
       – ACT score of 21 or higher
       – An interview with faculty members and members of the Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC). 
       – Maintain a minimum of 12 hours full time status each semester (will not include summer courses)

    • Must maintain standards of the Teacher Ed program including C or higher in all Education and support courses and a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and in all Teacher Ed core/major areas.
    • Benefits: $4,000 per year, renewable for four years
    • About the Scholarship: Six scholarships will be awarded to aspiring teachers. The Pyles Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Luellen Pyles, a 1944 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan, who taught English and Spanish in Ohio and Kentucky public schools from 1944 – 1953.  Pyles, a Maysville resident who passed away in December 2014, was a longtime college trustee whose bequest of over $4 million is one of the largest estate gifts in the College’s history. 
    • For more information, contact Leah Hoover at 270-852-3212 or at lhoover@kwc.edu

 

 

  • Campus Ministries Leadership Scholarship

    • A renewable scholarship available to eligible faith-based students who have an interest in serving in a leadership role in campus ministries. Award amounts may vary. Interested persons should contact Director of Campus Ministries Shawn Tomes at stomes@kwc.edu or 270-903-1102.

  • KC4S Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements: 
    •  – Must have lived in one of these KY Counties for at least one year: Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Clay, Daviess,
         Elliott, Floyd, Hancock, Harlan, Henderson, Hopkins, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Leslie,
         Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle,
         Union, Webster, Whitley, or Wolfe
       – Must be a US Citizen
       – Must have at least 60 hours of college credit
       – Must have submitted a FAFSA (If you haven’t submitted it, do it immediately – estimate your
         income/parent’s income if you have not filed your taxes).

    • Benefits:
    • Up to $6,800, renewable for up to four years
    • To Apply: 
    •  – Submit a KC4S (Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship) application by visiting kheaa.com
       – Sign in (link is in the top right corner of the homepage). If this is your first time signing in to KHEAA’s
         website, you will be asked to register to create your user ID/password
       – Click on “MyKHEAA”
       – Select “Apply Online for Scholarships” from the menu on the left – you should see the Kentucky Coal
         County College Completion Scholarship link on the following page

 


Other Kentucky Wesleyan College Grants and Scholarships

 

  • Friends of Kentucky Wesleyan College /Endowed Scholarships

    • Minimum Requirements:

    •  – Full-time enrollment
       – Completion of the FAFSA
       – Awarded to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

    • Amount: Varies

    • Endowed Scholarships are initially listed as Kentucky Wesleyan College Grants on a student’s award letter. They are sponsored by a variety of donors and have various criteria. No special/ additional application form is required.

 

  • Athletic Scholarships

    • Awarded by head coaches
    • Awards: Varies

 

  • Departmental Scholarships

    • Awarded in the areas of art, band, education, campus ministries, music and theatre
    • Amount: Varies

 

  • Legacy Scholarships

    • Awarded to students who are the children or grandchildren of Kentucky Wesleyan College alumni. Also awarded to siblings who attend the college simultaneously.
    • Amount: Varies

 

  • United Methodist Scholarships

    • Minimum Requirements:
    •  – Must be a members of a United Methodist church 
       – A statement from your minister verifying membership is required 
    • Amount: Varies
    • For additional scholarship opportunities for United Methodist students, please visit www.gbhem.org and www.umhef.org

 

  • United Methodist Minister’s Dependent Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements: 
    •  – Must be a dependent by FAFSA standards of ordained United Methodist ministers
       – A copy of the Ordination Certificate is required.
    • Amount: Up to half tuition ($11,675; includes all institutional awards)

 

 

 

  • Holley Skidmore Scholarship

    • Minimum requirements:
    •  – Must be an incoming freshman
       – Must complete the FAFSA
       – 3.0 GPA
    • Award offered to an incoming freshman who demonstrates financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
    • Benefits: A renewable $3,000 scholarship. 
    • To Apply: Application to come

 

 

  • Scott and Ruth Holder Scholarship

    • A minimum $1,000 award offered to an incoming freshman who has lived in the Owensboro-Daviess County area for the last three years with preference for African-American students. 

      The number and amount of awards will be dependent on funds available. 

 

 

  • Meg Dettwiler Memorial Scholarship

    • A $1000 scholarship to any woman who is a sophomore or above standing with a declared major that will directly impact and improve the lives of women and children. Applicants may be from Posey, Gibson, Dubois, Vanderburgh or Warrick counties in Indiana or Henderson County in Kentucky. 
    • Click here for more information and to print the application.

 

  • CIC Tuition Exchange

    • A non-profit corporation. Kentucky Wesleyan has been a member since 1975. The purpose of the corporation is to benefit the children of faculty at member colleges and universities by offering tuition scholarships. The college is also a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Tuition Exchange program. Additional information is available from the Academic Dean’s office. 

 

  • Tuition Remission Program

    • An institutional non-need based program designed to pay part or all of the cost of tuition for qualifying students. Dependents and spouses of full-time KWC faculty and staff may receive tuition remission for up to 100 percent of the cost of tuition after three years of full-time service. Part-time enrollment is permitted. Additional information found in the employee/staff handbook.

 


 Federal & State Scholarships & Grants

  • Pell Grant

    • Need-based grant program. Eligibility is based on the student’s EFC. Award maximum amounts are determined each year by Congress. Generally, Pell Grants are awarded to students with extremely high financial need, and the lower the EFC, the higher the Pell Grant. Applicants may be eligible at less than full-time enrollment. May received for 12 full semesters. FAFSA is required.

 

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

    • A need-based federal grant program administered by Kentucky Wesleyan College. SEOG is designed for students with extremely high financial need. Limited funds for each academic year are supplied by the US Department of Education. Funding is limited.  FAFSA is required. Full-time enrollment is required.

 

  • GRADD Scholarships

    • Minimum Requirements:
    • Awarded to individuals who study in one of five academic programs:

       – Energy
       – Advanced Manufacturing
       – Healthcare/Social Assistance
       – Transportation
       – Finance
       – Professional, Scientific and Technical

    • Benefits: Up to $5,000

    •  

      About the Scholarship: Scholarships are funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act through the Green River Area Development District.  Please come by the Kentucky Career Center-Owensboro Office located at 3108 Fairview Drive or call Alisha Smith at (270) 686-2546.  Scholarship application can also be obtained at GRADD.com. 

 

  • TEACH Grant

    • A non-need based federal grant program administered by KWC.  Grant amount is $4,000 per academic year.  Please visit https://teach-ats.ed.gov for more information.

 

  • Veteran Benefits

    • Kentucky Wesleyan College is a Yellow Ribbon school. To apply for veteran educational benefits, please visit www.gibill.va.gov

 

  • Kentucky College Access Program (CAP)

    • A need-based state grant program. Eligibility is limited to legal residents of the state of Kentucky. Awards are made by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) based on the Kentucky colleges listed on the FAFSA. Students must be enrolled at least half-time and be Pell eligible. Students may receive CAP awards for not more than nine semesters. Funding is limited; early FAFSA filing is necessary.

 

  • Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG)

    • A need-based state grant assistance program. Eligibility is limited to legal residents of the state of Kentucky who are planning to attend a Kentucky private college. Awards are made by KHEAA based on the Kentucky colleges listed on the FAFSA. Students must be enrolled full-time in order to qualify. Students may receive KTG awards for no more than nine semesters. Funding is limited; early FAFSA filing is necessary.

 

  • Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)

    • A merit-based scholarship program. Eligibility is limited to Kentucky high school graduates who have earned base or bonus awards under the program guidelines. Contact your high school counselor or the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (1-800-928-8926 or http://www.kheaa.com) for complete information. Half-time or greater enrollment is required. Awards are pro-rated if less than full-time.

 

  • Kentucky Teacher Scholarship/Loan

    • A need-based state assistance program. FAFSA and Teacher Scholarship application are required. (Deadline is May 1.) Full-time enrollment is required with possible exception for final term. If teaching obligation is not met, recipients must repay the scholarship with 12 percent interest that accrues from the date of disbursement of each Teacher Scholarship. Contact the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority for complete details. (1-800-928-8926)

 

For additional scholarship opportunities, please visit:
www.fastweb.com                                                   
www.collegeboard.com
www.petersons.com
www.cflouisville.org (specifically for residents of Kentucky)
www.gmsp.org (specifically for minorities)
www.freschinfo.com
www.scholarship-page.com
www.collegenet.com
www.gocollege.com
www.finanid.org/
www.plato.org
www.scholaraid.com
www.fastaid.com


For more information Please contact the Kentucky Wesleyan College Financial Aid Department at:

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY  42301
270-852-3120 
800-999-0592
finaid@kwc.edu