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Types of 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

To be considered for our merit-based scholarships, you only need to submit an application for admission. You will be notified of your scholarship status upon your acceptance. Scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years and recipients must maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing.

First-time, full-time student merit awards (Fall 2020)

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

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 award

Transfer students may be eligible for up to $8,000 with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Need-based scholarships

The Muhammad Ali scholarship awards up to $7000 to students with demonstrated financial need. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be enrolled full time to be eligible.


Out-of-state scholarships

The Heartland scholarship starting fall 2020 is open to residents of Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia can enroll and reside at Spalding University at a reduced rate*. Eligible Heartland Scholars attending Spalding University will receive a 10 percent reduction in their tuition, room and board. Recipients must apply for admission by May 1, attend full-time and live on campus.

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


Catholic scholarships

Catholic heritage scholarship awards $500 to students who graduate from a Catholic high school. You must be enrolled full time to be eligible.


Kentucky Governor Scholarships

The Governor’s Scholars scholarship awards $2,500 to high school Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) or Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) awardees.  Recipients must provide documentation of GSP or GSA and maintain good academic standing.


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

Spalding awards more than $1 million in graduate assistantships and scholarships 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

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

Endowed scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. As of Jan. 2, 2019, there is no longer an application for endowed scholarships. All students will be reviewed in the awarding process.


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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