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2020 – 2021 scholarships

Scholarships are awards that do not have to be repaid. A variety of scholarships, ranging in dollar amount, may be available to you.

Academic scholarships

We award academic (or merit-based) scholarships to first-time, full-time students, who pay our undergraduate daytime tuition rate. A completed application for admission is required, and the minimum academic requirements are as follows:

Base award High school GPA
$2,520 2.50 – 2.99
$6,300 3.00 – 3.49
$10,080 3.50 – 4.0+
Bonus award Eligibility
$1,800 + Students with at least an 18 ACT composite score (or an equivalent SAT score) receive their score X $100

Academic scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years if you maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing. Please note, these awards may be reduced if you receive tuition awards from outside sources. Merit scholarships in combination with other grants, scholarships and gift aid cannot exceed the cost of tuition and room & board.


Transfer student merit awards

We award up to $8,000 to transfer students with a minimum 3.00 GPA based on the admissions application.


Need-based scholarships

We award the Muhammad Ali scholarship, up to $7000, to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need, have complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and maintain full-time enrollment status.


Out-of-state scholarships

We award the Heartland scholarship—a 10 percent reduction in tuition, room and board—to undergraduate students who maintain full-time enrollment status, live on Spalding’s campus and are residents of Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC or West Virginia.* A completed application for admission by May 1 is required.

*Other non-Kentucky residents may be considered for the Heartland Scholarship. Please email our admissions office for more information.


Catholic scholarships

We award the Catholic heritage scholarship, a $500 award, to first-time, full-time undergraduate students who graduate from a Catholic high school.


Kentucky Governor Scholarships

We award the Governor’s Scholars scholarship of $2,500 to first-time, full-time undergraduate students who were Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) or Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) awardees in high school and maintain good academic standing. A completed application for admission and documentation of GSP or GSA award is required.


Other Spalding scholarships

Award Eligibility
Dual Credit scholarship $1,000 to awardees who have taken a class through Spalding’s dual credit program as a high school student through the KHEAA dual credit and/or work-ready program
Rotary Match scholarship Up to $2,500 scholarship match for recipients of the Rotary Unsung Hero award
YMCA Black Achievers scholarship $2,500 to YMCA Black Achievers recipients enrolled at Spalding.
Alumni or sibling discount 10% discount on net tuition for sibling, children or grandchildren of Spalding graduates.


Graduate scholarships

We award more than $1 million in assistantships and scholarships to graduate students each year. Please check with your graduate program of interest for more information or view our types of aid to learn more about graduate assistantships, grants and other types of aid.


Endowed scholarships

Our endowed scholarships are funded by gifts from alumni, friends and faculty of Spalding. Scholarships are awarded annually based on financial need. Completed application for admission and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are required. Award amounts and qualifications vary by scholarship, but funding is available to students across academic programs. Learn more about our endowed scholarships.


Outside scholarships

Many national organizations offer financial assistance to students. For these outside scholarships, we’ve gathered links to help you in your search. Local organizations may also be a resource for you. If you are a high school student, your guidance counselor may have a list available to you.


Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES)

The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) can be applied to tuition at any eligible post-secondary institution in Kentucky. This scholarship is based on a student’s yearly high school GPA and highest ACT or SAT score. For more information on KEES or to check your award online, please visit

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