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/1240 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 Wesleyan Scholars program:

      James Graham Brown Scholarship

      Benefits: Full tuition per year, renewable for four years

      Kentucky Wesleyan Winchester Scholarship

      Benefits: $18,000 per year, renewable for four years

      Kentucky Wesleyan Heritage Scholarship

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

      Kentucky Wesleyan Trustee Scholarship

      Benefits: $13,500 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.

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  • Presidential Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements: 25 ACT (or SAT equivalent of 1240), 2.5 GPA

      Scholarship Amount: ranges from $10,000 – $11,500 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.


  • Millersburg Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements: 18 ACT (or SAT equivalent of 940) and 3.0 GPA
    • Benefits: Scholarship Amount: $5,000-$10,000 per year, renewable for four years
    • Deadline: Rolling
    • We also encourage all students to apply for Federal Aid at
    • For more information, please contact our Admissions Office at 1-800-999-0592 or [email protected]


  • Wesleyan Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements: 18 ACT (or SAT equivalent of 940) and 2.5 GPA

      Benefits: Scholarship Amount: $4,000-$6,000 per year, renewable for four years

      Deadline: Rolling

      We also encourage all students to apply for Federal Aid at For more information, please contact our Admissions Office at 1-800-999-0592 or [email protected]


  • Transfer Scholarships

    • Minimum Requirements: 2.0 GPA
    • Benefits: Up to $10,500 per year, renewable for four years
    • GPAScholarshipAssociates Degree
      3.5-4.0$9,000Additional $1,500 for Associates Degree
      3.0-3.4$7,500Additional $1,500 for Associates Degree
      2.5-2.9$5,000Additional $1,000 for Associates Degree
      2.0-2.4$4,000Additional $1,000 for Associates Degree
      Below 2.0$3,000


  • Kavanaugh Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements:
    •  – Must be a member of a United Methodist congregation
       – 21 ACT (or SAT equivalent of 1060)
       – 2.5 GPA
    • Benefits: Up to half tuition ($12,145) combined with academic scholarship.
    • Apply Online for the Kavanaugh Scholarship
    • 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.


  • Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Scholarship

    • The Governors Scholar Program has long identified Kentucky’s top talent through its summer programs.  Students who participate in these programs are better prepared to engage and address the challenges and opportunities of the Commonwealth in the future.  In recognition of this selection, Kentucky Wesleyan College will present up to 10 Governors Scholar Program participants with an annual $12,500 scholarship to students who enroll at Wesleyan.
    • 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. 
    •  – 21 ACT (or SAT equivalent of 1060)
    •  – Must have and maintain a 2.8 GPA
    • Benefits:
    • 10 students will receive a $12,500 scholarship, renewable for up to four years. Students must meet the minimum requirements, submit confirmation of completion of a Governors Scholar summer program, and submit an essay about your scholar experience to increase your scholarship.
    • Essay Submission:
    • Please submit an essay, double-spaced, 500 words maximum addressing the below topic completely on or before February 15.  We are interested in your experiences, their immediate impact and how they will factor into your future.
    • Describe specific Governor’s Scholars Program experiences and the skills you’ve gained and how these will help you succeed at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
    • Submit your essay here.



  • 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 21 or SAT equivalent of 1060
       – 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.


  • Pyles Scholars

    • Minimum Requirements: 
    •  – Students entering the Teacher Education Program at Kentucky Wesleyan
       – 3.0 GPA
       – ACT score of 21 (or SAT equivalent of 1060) or higher
       – Attend Pyles Scholars Day on Saturday, February, 18, 2017, from 10 am – 1 pm and
          – An interview with faculty members and members of the Teacher Education Advisory
            Committee (TEAC).
          – An in-person essary
       – Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 16
       – 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. 
    • Apply for the Pyles Scholarship.
    • For more information, contact Leah Hoover at 270-852-3212 or at [email protected]

Other Kentucky Wesleyan College Grants and Scholarships

  • Athletic Scholarships

    • Awarded by head coaches
    • Awards: Varies


  • Bonner Leaders Program

    • The Bonner Leaders Program is an intensive community service and leadership development program. As Bonner Leaders, students make a four-year commitment to serve approximately 240 hours annually. The bulk of those hours are spent at an identified community partner organization. For the remainder, students participate in leadership training and other skill-building workshops. Students receive an hourly work-study stipend in exchange for their time, as well opportunities to participate in Bonner network conferences.
    • Learn more and apply on the Bonner Leaders Page.



  • 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 [email protected] or 270-903-1102.


  • 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. 


  • Departmental Scholarships

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


  • 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.


  • 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 


  • Independence Bank Scholarship Program

    • Independence Bank will be awarding over 50 scholarships totaling over $90,000 to area high school seniors. Seniors who wish to apply need to either attend high school or live in one of the following counties: Calloway, Daviess, Franklin, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Jefferson, McCracken, McLean, Warren, Webster. 
    • All scholarship applications will be judged on high school grades to date, ACT scores, extracurricular activity and community involvement, scholarship essays and financial need.
    • View and apply for the Independence Bank 2017 scholarships. 


  • 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
       – 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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • Terry Woodward Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements:
    •  – Must be an incoming freshman
       – Must major in accounting or business
    • Benefits: $1,250 renewable for four years as long as the recipient stays in the major of accounting or business administration
    • History:
    • In January of 2000, the employees of Wax Works, Inc. established a special scholarship to honor their CEO, Mr. Terry Woodward. Awarded to a first-time freshman majoring in a program offered in the Department of Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Computer Information Systems.
    • To Apply: Apply for the Terry Woodward Scholarship! 


  • Thacker Scholarship

    • Minimum Requirements
    •  – Must be a full-time student seeking a law degree at the Louis D. Brandeis School of
      Law at the University of Louisville.
       – Recipients must be among the law school’s most highly qualified and sought-after
       – 3.0 undergraduate GPA
       – An admissions test score in the top half nationally 
       – Preference shall be given to those students with financial need.
       – The scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a graduate of Kentucky
      Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. 
    • Benefits
    • $7,500 renewable scholarship to be used at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
    • About the Scholarship
    • The Rachel C. and G. Wallace Thacker Scholarship is a $7,500 annual scholarship for the primary benefit of a qualified graduate from Kentucky Wesleyan College to be used at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. The purpose of the scholarship is to attract academically talented students to the school and to provide financial aid to meet expenses that include, but are not limited to, tuition, books and course-related fees. 
    • The scholarship may be renewed until the time of the selected student’s graduation from the Brandeis School of Law, as long as the student remains in good standing. If the scholarship is renewed for a continuing student, a new recipient will not be selected in that year. 


  • 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.


  • 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 ($12,145; includes all institutional awards)


  • 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 and


  • Veteran Benefits

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


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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
[email protected]