Scholarship Opportunities

Because GSA alumni are talented and driven individuals who want to make a difference in their communities, 30 colleges and universities (both inside and outside of Kentucky) offer the following scholarship opportunities to GSA alumni.  While GSA alumni are great candidates for many scholarships, each of the opportunities are specific to completion of GSA’s summer program.

Are you a college/university that would like to attract Kentucky’s best and brightest by joining this list?

Let us know at gsainfo@kentuckycenter.org.

 The scholarship opportunities available to GSA alumni are administered by the colleges/universities and NOT by the Governor’s School for the Arts. GSA can only verify your attendance to the summer program. Please directly contact the Admissions Office with questions and to inquire about what paperwork must be completed for each school you are interested in – do not assume that the school will automatically know you are a GSA alumnus and provide you with a scholarship. Remember that deadlines for eligibility may mean that ALL the necessary documents must be completed and in their office on that date. Each school has different requirements. The earlier you know what they require to process your GSA scholarship and to learn about other scholarships that you might qualify for, the easier the process will be. Call early and often to inquire about all the specifics of the college application process.


Art Academy of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
Amount: $10,000 to be awarded over 4 years of college. $2,500 additional scholarshpi a year on top of the entrance scholarship awarded upon acceptance.
Number awarded: Unlimited
Deadline: Rolling (Please see website for Early Action deadline.)
Award Notice: Award will be granted upon acceptance to AAC, please notify admissions department of GSA participation.
Eligibility: Any student that participates in the GSA program.

Asbury University

Wilmore, Kentucky
 35% of tuition; renewable
Number awarded:
Deadline: N/A
Award Notice: Rolling
Eligibility: All GSA alumni must maintain a 3.30 GPA. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for a combination of Asbury University merit or minority scholarships. Whichever scholarship amount is higher, that scholarship is awarded to the student.

Bellarmine University
Louisville, Kentucky
 $1,500 per year, renewable and in addition to any other institutional Academic Scholarship or Merit Award
Number Awarded:
Deadline: February 1st
Award Notice: Rolling
Eligibility: Awards are made available to entering first-year students who are GSA Alumni.  Awards are only available for full-time enrollment during the fall and spring semesters (Note: This scholarship is listed as Kentucky GSA Scholarship in Bellarmine’s materials).

Campbellsville University
Campbellsville, KY
 Full tuition scholarships based on music audition and academics
Number Awarded:
Deadline: Audition prior to April 1st
Award notice: April 1st
Eligibility: Any GSA alumni who plan to major in music. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a minimum 25 ACT to qualify. Recipients will be required to participate in a minimum of TWO ensembles each semester (to be assigned) and maintain an overall 3.0 GPA.  Recipients will not be eligible for additional Campbellsville University merit funds.*Contact Campbellsville University for the most updated information.

Danville, Kentucky
Minimum of  $21,000 per per year if you meet other criteria.
Number Awarded: Unlimited.
Deadline:Early Decision: November 15;Early Action: December 1; Regular Decision: January 15(same as application deadlines).
Award Notice: Early January for Early Decision; Mid-January for Early Action; Mid-March for Regular Decision.
Eligibility: GSA alumni in the top 10% of their graduating class, minimum of 3.5 GPA and an ACT composite score of 28 or equivalent SAT score. Other Centre merit scholarships are available as well as performing arts scholarships. This is a minimum guarantee, not an amount that will stack on top of a higher merit scholarship.

DePauw University School of Music
605 S. College Avenue

Greencastle, IN 46135
 Up to full tuition
Number awarded:
Deadline: February 1 application deadline; March 8 scholarship audition deadline
Award Notice: mid-March
Eligibility: All GSA alumni who are first-time freshman or transfer students are encouraged to apply and audition.

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky
Amount: Minimum of $1,000 per semester for 4 years based on audition
Number Awarded: Unlimited
Deadline: Audition prior to March 1st
Award Notice: Rolling
Eligibility: All GSA alumni who plan to major in music.  Must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a minimum 20 ACT to qualify.  Must be admitted by March 1st.  Recipients must be fully admitted to EKU and the School of Music prior to being offered an award and must maintain an overall 2.5 GPA.  Students may NOT receive both a GSA music scholarship and a regular music scholarship.  For more information, please contact Dr. Connie Rhoades via email at Connie.Rhoades@eku.edu.  Recipients MAY be eligible for additional EKU academic merit scholarships based on ACT scores and GPA if admitted prior to Feb. 1st.  Please visit the EKU scholarship estimator for your merit scholarship eligibility at www.scholarships.eku.edu.  Total award may not be above the cost of attendance.

Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY
Amount: $17,500 per year, renewable for four years
Number Awarded: Unlimited
Deadline: February 1st
Award Notice: March 1st
Eligibility: Governor’s School for the Arts alumni.  Award is not in addition to any academic scholarship but may be in addition to a fine arts scholarship pending audition or portfolio admission.


Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, Missouri
KCAI will be providing merit scholarships ranging annually from $14,000 to $22,000 per year, renewable annually based on KCAI’s scholarship renewal policy. Additional assistance may be available by completing the FAFSA.
Deadline: February 1st
Award Notice: Rolling
Eligibility: Governor’s School for the Arts alumni with a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5 to receive the merit scholarship at KCAI.  *Contact KCAI for most updated information

Kentucky College of Art + Design

Louisville, KY
Up to full tuition
Number Awarded: Unlimited
Priority Deadline February 15th
Eligibility: GSA Alumni. Application for admission serves as application for this scholarship. Please provide admissions with proof of completion of the program.
Award Notice: Upon acceptance to KyCAD
Notes:  Available only to incoming freshmen entering the BFA program at the Kentucky College of Art + Design (KyCAD).  Renewable for 4 years of full-time enrollment with a minimum 3.0 college GPA.

Kentucky State University
Frankfort, Kentucky
Amount: Full-Tuition ($32,000 approximate value)
Number Awarded: 5
Deadline: Rolling
Award Notice: March 1
Eligibility: GSA alumni, admission to Kentucky State University as a first-time freshman or eligible transfer,  and a declared major in Studio Art, Music, Music Performance or Music Education. GSA Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of four years (eight consecutive semesters) and may be extended in consideration of the satisfactory pursuit of the Bachelor’ degree. The award requires the maintenance of a 3.25 cumulative GPA for renewal. In order to qualify for any scholarships at Kentucky State University, students must complete and meet the appropriate admission and scholarship requirements, processes and deadlines. Students must additionally complete and submit  the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and clearly indicate Kentucky State University as a report recipient.

Kentucky Wesleyan College
3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY  42301
12,500, renewable for up to four years.
Number Awarded:
Rolling, first come first serve
Award Notice:
Upon acceptance
For Fall 2018, students who have participated in the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), and/or Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) who have a 2.8 GPA or above and a 21 ACT or above (or SAT equivalent of 1060) will be eligible for the Governor’s Scholars Scholarship. For students with an ACT score of 25 (or SAT equivalent of 1200) 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.

Lindsey Wilson College
Columbia, KY
 Level 1: Up to a full-tuition scholarship to GSA alumni who have at least a composite ACT score of 24 and a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0
Level 2:Up to a one-half tuition scholarship to GSA alumni who have less than a 24 composite ACT score or a high school GPA less than 3.0.
Number Awarded:
 April 1st
Award Notice: 
 Awards are available for all GSA alumni.  General scholarship policies as outlined in the Lindsey Wilson College catalog apply to this scholarship.*Contact Lindsey Wilson College for the most updated information.

Marlboro College
Marlboro, Vermont
Amount: $5000
Number Awarded: Unlimited
Deadline: January 15th
Award Notice: Upon Acceptance to Marlboro College
Eligibility: Verification of completion of summer residency program and acceptance to Marlboro College. *Contact Marlboro College for the most updated information


Midway University
Midway, Kentucky
Number awarded: Unlimited
Deadline: Rolling
Award Notice: Rolling
Eligibility: This $2,000 per year scholarship is renewable and is offered in addition to other merit aid the student may otherwise receive. The Governor’s Scholars Scholarship award is only available for full-time, traditional format enrollment during the fall and spring semester. *Contact Midway University for the most updated information

Morehead State University
Morehead, KY
Amount: $8,000 [$32,000 over four years]
Deadline: March 15
Award Notice: Rolling
Eligibility: 1. Be admitted to MSU for the 2019-20 academic year as a new incoming freshman or transfer student with fewer than 30 hours and meet all of following requirements:
2. Be a legal resident of Kentucky; 3. Be an alumnus of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP), Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA); or Kentucky Governor’s Scholar of Entrepreneurship (GSE) 4. Have at least a 3.50 unweighted high school GPA; and 5. Achieve a minimum 25 ACT composite score

Murray State University
Murray, KY

Amount and Eligibility: 2 Scholarship Levels for Kentucky GSP and GSA Alumni who will be entering MSU as new freshmen in the fall semester: 1.Full Tuition for students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA & minimum 25 ACT Composite score 2. $1000 for students not meeting the full tuition requirements but who have an ACT Composite Score of at least an 18 and at least a 3.3 cumulative high school GPA
In addition, there are six competitive full-tuition scholarships for GSA alumni not meeting the 25 ACT and 3.5 GPA requirements but who have at least an 18 ACT and 3.3 GPA.  Students must be majoring in art, music, or theatre to compete for one of these six tuition scholarships.  Contact the appropriate academic department for more information. 
Number Awarded: 6 (Talent-based scholarships); others are unlimited
Deadline: Rolling
Award Notice: Rolling
Note:  GSP/GSA Scholarships are awarded for four years (amount to be split in half for eight consecutive semesters) or until the first bachelor's degree is obtained, whichever occurs first. Renewal requires the following: 3.25 cumulative GPA, full-time enrollment (at least 12 credit hour per each fall and spring semester), and completion of at least 24 credit hours combined from the fall and spring semester. GSP/GSA Scholarships cannot be combined with the following scholarships: Academic Achievement Scholarships, Presidential Fellowships, Commonwealth Honors Academy Scholarships, Marvin D. Mills Scholarships or National Merit Finalist Scholarships. In order to qualify for any scholarships at Murray State, students must complete and meet the appropriate admission and scholarship processes and deadlines. For complete MSU scholarship information, please visithttp://www.murraystate.edu/admissions/scholarships/newfreshmen.aspx


Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, Kentucky
Amount: Full in state tuition, renewable
Number Awarded: Various
Deadline: Students must apply for admission to NKU by February 15th for scholarship
Award Notice: Students are notified on a rolling basis between the months of November and January
Eligibility: Must have participated in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program or the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. Must have an ACT composite score of 24 or higher or SAT score of 1090 or above. (SAT taken March 2016 or after minimum score is 1160). Must have at least a 3.0 GPA . Must be a degree-seeking student.
Note: Renewable after the first year with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; must have earned 30 credit hours during the prior academic year. After earning 30 credit hours, it is renewable for an additional two academic years with maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and must have earned 30 credit hours in the prior academic year. 


Salem College
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Amount: Estimated $20,000 per year – renewable for four years
Number Awarded: 4
Deadline: January 1
Award Notice: February 28th
Eligibility: Attended any residential Governor’s School program such as the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. Must maintain a 3.0 college GPA.

Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, Georgia
Amount: An artistic scholarship of at least $1,500 per year. Accepted students may be eligible for a higher award based on a portfolio, audition, or writing submission
Number Awarded: An undetermined limited number
Deadline: New students may enter fall (September), winter (January), spring (March) or summer (June), although most students begin in September. To take advantage of the greatest opportunities at SCAD, applicants should start the admission and financial aid process as early as possible.
Award Notice: At notice of acceptance to the college. Student must provide documentation of completion of program at the time of application.
Eligibility: Participated in selected Governor’s Honors programs or Governor’s School for the Arts alumni. For a complete list of SCAD recognized outstanding achievements and programs, please visit http://www.scad.edu/admission/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships. *Contact Savannah College of Art and Design for most updated information

Spalding University
Louisville, Kentucky
 Minimum of $2,500 per year; renewable for up to four years
Number Awarded: 
Deadline: Students must apply for admission to Spalding by May 1
Award notice: Upon acceptance
Eligibility: Merit Awards are available to GSA alumni. Candidates must have a minimum composite ACT of 20 or SAT 950 and a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Awards are for incoming freshmen pursuing bachelor’s degrees and are renewable for up to four years provided the student maintains a GPA of at least 3.0 and full-time enrollment. 

Thomas More College
Crestview Hills, Kentucky
(859) 344-3319
 Waiver for the cost of a traditional residence hall room for up to 8 semesters.
Number Awarded
: Unlimited
Deadline: Priority deadline-March 15th
Award Notice: At Acceptance to the College
Eligibility: Governor's School for the Arts or Governor's Scholar alumni; Application for admission serves as application for this scholarship. Please provide the financial aid office with a copy of your Governor's Scholar certificate.
*Contact Thomas More College for most updated information*Contact Thomas More College for most updated information

Transylvania University
Lexington, Kentucky
 Minimum of $14,000 per year – renewable
Number Awarded:
Deadline: Early Action I: Oct. 15, Early Action II: Nov. 15 ; Regular Decision: Feb. 1
Award Notice: Soon after deadline (March 1st)
Eligibility: Governor’s School for the Arts alumni.

University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 788-3226
Amount: $2,500 per year
Number Awarded: Unlimited
Deadline: N/A
Award Notice: Rolling
Eligibility: Any GSA/YPAS alumni who major in Theatre or Theatre Education. For information on other UIndy academic, merit, and talent-based scholarships, visit:http://uindy.edu/financial-aid-for-new-students/grants-and-scholarships
All YPAS or GSA alumni are automatically eligible for a $2,500 per year “GSA/YPAS Theatre Scholarship.”  Must be a full-time Theatre or Theatre Education major • Renewable for a total of 8 full-time semesters • Must maintain 2.5 GPA • Must be actively involved in every production
Any YPAS or GSA alumnus who chooses to audition or present a portfolio is also eligible for a regular “Theatre Scholarship.” The “Theatre Scholarship” can be up to one-quarter tuition and, if awarded, would supplant the “GSA/YPAS Theatre Scholarship.” The same eligibility criteria above apply. 


University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Amount: Tier 1- Full In-State Tuition, renewable;
Tier 2- $2,500 per year, renewable, with additional funding available for meritorious students, up to a total of $5,000 per year
Number Awarded: Unlimited
Deadline: Students are required to apply by December 1, 2018 to be eligible.  
Award Notice: March 1
Eligibility: Governor’s School for the Arts alumni must be incoming freshman. 
Tier 1- Presidential (full in-state tuition award)– 31 ACT/1420 SAT, 3.5 unweighted GPA. 
Tier 2 -Provost ($2,500 per year)– All other students who completed the program. Additional funding available for meritorious students, up to a total $5,000 per year.


University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
Amount: Tier 1- Full Tuition guaranteed, renewable; Tier 2- $7,500, renewable; Tier 3- $5,000, renewable
Number Awarded: Unlimited
Deadline:Governor’s School for the Arts alumni who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply for admission online by December 15 at Louisville.edu/admissions/apply. .
Award Notice: 2-3 weeks after being successfully admitted to the University of Louisville
Eligibility: Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni
Tier 1- minimum 31 ACT/1390 SAT and 3.5 GPA on 4.0 scale
Tier 2- minimum 28-30 ACT/1300-1380 SAT and 3.5 GPA on 4.0 scale
Tier 3 - no minimum test score, 3.5 GPA
Must maintain a 3.0 GPA. 


University of Pikeville
Pikeville, KY
Amount: $3,000 per year.  Scholarships are renewable with maintenance of cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and completion of 24 credit hours during the prior academic year. Can be combined with other scholarships awarded based on academic merit.
Number Awarded: Unlimited
Deadline: Rolling
Award Notice: Rolling
Eligibility: Alumni of the Governor’s School for the Arts.
*Contact University of Pikeville for most updated information 

University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, IN
$500-2500, renewable
Number Awarded:
Deadline: First Friday in February
Award Notice: Rolling, upon acceptance
Eligibility: Alumni of the Governor’s School for the Arts are strongly encouraged to apply. GSA alumni who audition or submit a portfolio are given special consideration for talent and portfolio scholarships valued at $500-2500 annually. These talent scholarships may be combined with University of Southern Indiana academic-based scholarships which provide high-performing students with out-of-state tuition discounts or waivers. Information on the out-of-state scholarships can be found by visiting: https://www.usi.edu/admissions/scholarships/freshman-scholarships#out-freshman
Notes: Visual Art Scholarship Form: http://www.usi.edu/media/3688687/FreshScholarshipForm_distributed.pdf. Drama Contact: Eric Altheide: eaaltheide@usi.edu


Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Nashville, TN
Amount: $1,000 per year for up to four years.  Scholarship will be renewed annually as long as the cumulative GPA at the end of the spring semester is 3.0 or above.  Annual amount is split between fall and spring semesters and is based on full-time registration of 12 or more credits per semester. Amount will be prorated if student registers for less than full-time in any semester. This award will be added to any other scholarship that may be awarded based on other criteria.
Number Awarded: Unlimited.
Deadline: Application must be completed by May 1st for fall entry and by November 1st for spring entry. Certificate of attendance at GSA must accompany application.
Award Notice: Award notification will be in letter of acceptance.
Eligibility: Must be an alumnus of GSA.
***In addition to this GSA scholarship, Watkins matches up to $2,500 in KEES funds per year for up to four years. Incoming students must provide documentation showing the amount of KEES funds they qualify for, and students must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Watkins to renew the scholarship for each year.


Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
Amount: $1,500. Renewable for up to four academic years or until graduation, whichever occurs first.
Number Awarded: Unlimited
Deadline: January 15
Award Notice: April 1
Eligibility:Must be a GSA alumnus, incoming freshman and have a 3.0 GPA or above. https://www.wku.edu/scholarship-new/kygovernorsscholars.php
GSA Alumni are encouraged to apply for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship. These scholarships are offered to students planning to major in Creative Writing, Dance, Theatre, Performing Arts, Music, Film, Visual Arts, or Visual Studies.  Awards may range from $2,000-$9,500 per academic year, for up to eight semesters. http://www.wku.edu/pcal/creative-arts-scholarship.php 

Updated October 2018