Key Elements and Eligibility

  • To be eligible for a Women’s Empowerment Scholarship, women must have been served through one of the member programs of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence ( or the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (
  • To be eligible, women must apply and have been admitted to the University of Kentucky, and plan to secure a bachelor’s degree in a field of their choosing.
  • To be eligible, women must be degree-seeking students (i.e., have at least 24-hours of course credit) or secure 24-hours within two years of having received the Scholarship.
  • The core of the Women’s Empowerment Scholarship Program is a stipend provided by the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women. The Scholarship stipend may be up to $4,500 a year, adjusted based on the level of other grant and scholarship funds available, the need presented by the applicant, and the number of credit hours being taken by the student. The Scholarship is renewable.
  • The Office of Student Financial Aid coordinates access to state and federal financial aid to which the applicant may be eligible, including academic scholarships, Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarships, other private scholarships, and need-based financial aid programs. 
  • Women holding a Women’s Empowerment Scholarship will be assigned a UK Academic Advisor to help ensure their academic success;
  • Women holding a Women’s Empowerment Scholarship may also be provided an advocates or counselors if they request those services.
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