Scholarships and Scholarship Applications

The College of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences offers the following scholarships:

Laura D. Kennamer Endowed Scholarship Fund
Layne-Wood Endowed Scholarship
John McMillan Long Endowed Scholarship


DEPARTMENTAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Some departments in the College also award scholarships to students with specific majors.


EKU FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Eastern Kentucky University Foundation, through the generosity of its donors, offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to deserving undergraduate and graduate students. These privately-funded scholarships reward scholastic achievement and enhance the University community through the attraction of academically talented students. Some specific scholarships honor EKU's alumni and retirees along with Eastern's commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.

“FAFSA data is required for many of the Foundation scholarships, and EKU must receive your FAFSA data by March 1 to be considered for need-based Foundation scholarships. You can complete the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.”

Foundation Scholarships available to students within the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences include, but are not limited to the following:

(Please note that all foundation scholarships require applicants to fill out the Foundation Scholarship Application.)


UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Eastern offers a variety of awards to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential for superior academic performance. You can visit the EKU Academic Scholarship Program to find out about these opportunities.


COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Laura D. Kennamer Endowed Scholarship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Laura D. Kennamer Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by the late Laura D. Kennamer, aids and fosters the educational experience of students attending Eastern Kentucky University who are majoring in programs in the areas of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

ELIGIBILITY:

Must be an EKU student majoring in Animal Studies, Anthropology, Art & Design, Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communications, Economics, English, Globalization & International Affairs, Paralegal, Political Science, History, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Public Relations, Psychology, Sociology, or Social Work

SCHOLARSHIP USE AND AMOUNT

  • Multiple awards may be given each year
  • Award amounts vary depending on need, as demonstrated on the application. Typical awards have been $1,000 -- $10,000, but could be higher.
  • Students may apply to use funds for Study Abroad, EKU tuition/fees, and other expenses related to continuing their education at EKU. Please note that Study Abroad expenses may need to be paid in advance and students will receive funds later.
  • To use the funds for Study Abroad the student must have planned an EKU-affiliated study abroad experience that applies toward their EKU degree. Visit the Study Abroad website for approved EKU study abroad experiences at http://studyabroad.eku.edu/.

HOW TO APPLY for the Laura D. Kennamer Endowed Scholarship Fund: Applications are accepted and reviewed twice a year (Fall and Spring) by a committee in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. Submit the following materials to Cassie Bradley (Office: Roark 106; Mailing: Roark 103) by March 1st OR Nov 1st.

  • CLASS Scholarship Application
    ►Must include Departmental Chair's signature of endorsement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    ►At least one letter must be from an EKU faculty member
  • Two-Page Letter of Consideration
    ►This letter should explain how the Scholarship money would be used to impact academic learning goals
  • Study Abroad Projected Budget
    This is required ONLY if student would be using scholarship for a study-abroad

Please note that Study Abroad expenses may need to be paid in advance and students will receive funds later.

CONDITIONS:

  • Scholarship monies can be used for expenses in future terms only. Students cannot apply to be reimbursed for expenses already paid in the current or past terms.
  • Applicants must be enrolled at EKU in term in which scholarship money is to be applied.
  • May be renewed, but applicants must reapply each year
  • Students receiving financial aid are strongly encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid office as Scholarships may reallocate financial aid award.

Recommendations for the award are made by the College to the University Scholarship Office by Dec 1 and April 1.


Layne-Wood Endowed Scholarship

The Layne-Wood Endowed Scholarship Fund established by Robert G. Wood and Judy M. Layne-Wood provides assistance to students from Kentucky.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Kentucky resident
  • Degree seeking full-time student, in good academic standing
  • Enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University
  • Any academic major
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA (college or high school)
  • Community and co-curricular involvement considered

SCHOLARSHIP USE AND AMOUNT

  • One award given each year
  • Award amount depends on market value of fund; recent awards have been between $500-- $800
  • Students may apply to use funds for Education Abroad, EKU tuition/fees, and other expenses related to continuing their education at EKU.
    Please note that expenses may need to be paid in advance and students will receive funds later.
  • To use the funds for Education Abroad the student must have planned an EKU-affiliated study abroad experience that applies toward their EKU degree. Visit the Study Abroad website for approved EKU study abroad experiences at http://studyabroad.eku.edu/.

HOW TO APPLY for the Layne-Wood Endowed Scholarship Fund: Applications are accepted and reviewed annually by a committee of faculty in History, Political Science, and English. Submit the following materials to Cassie Bradley (Office: Roark 106; Mailing: Roark 103) by March 1st. Recommendations for the award are made by the College to the University Scholarship Office by April 1.

  • CLASS Scholarship Application including Departmental Chair's signature of endorsement
  • 500 word essay expressing career goals
  • List of community and co-curricular activities
  • Three (3) letters of reference (must be NON-FAMILY members). One letter must be from an individual representing an academic discipline who is familiar with the student’s academic endeavors
  • If the Scholarship will be used for a study-abroad course then a Study Abroad Projected Budget form must be included.

    Please note that expenses may need to be paid in advance and students will receive funds later.

CONDITIONS:

  • May be renewed, but applicants must reapply each year
  • If you receive financial aid you are strongly encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid office as Scholarships may reallocate your financial aid award.

John McMillan Long Endowed Scholarship

The John McMillan Long Endowed Scholarship established by Marilyn H. Long promotes the education of deserving full-time students majoring in the arts or humanities.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Full-time student at Eastern Kentucky University majoring in Art, Music, Theatre, English, Foreign Languages, History, Art History, Music History, Communication Studies, Philosophy , or Religion;
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA (college)

TO APPLY for the John McMillan Long Endowed Scholarship visit http://scholarships.eku.edu/foundation. Deadline is April 1