First-time Freshman Scholarships

NKU’s merit-based scholarship program is designed to recognize academically outstanding and creatively talented students.  NKU offers more than 5 million in academic scholarships each year to the incoming freshman class.  The University awards scholarships to highly motivated students who demonstrate strong academic performance.


Merit-Based Scholarship

Students who achieve a 2.5 weighted GPA and a 21 ACT or 1060 SAT or greater are considered for academic scholarships.  The university offers numerous scholarship levels.

To be considered for merit-based scholarships students must:

  • Apply for admission by February 15, 2017 at
  • Submit the $40 application fee
  • Submit the high school transcript(s)
  • Submit any ACT or SAT scores

The table to the right allows you to use your grades and ACT score (for SAT score see equivalency chart below) to estimate your merit scholarship range.  Students may receive a scholarship amount ranging from $500 up to full-tuition.



34+ 1520
31-34 1420
29-31 1350
26-29 1240
24-26 1160
23-24 1130
21 1060


The table above does NOT include additional awards for students with artistic, musical or theatre talent.  For these awards please review the scholarship information from NKU School for the Arts.  Students applying for the Educational Diversity Scholarship must complete the on-line application and are not included in the above table.


Educational Diversity Scholarships

Freshman applicants must show evidence of academic achievement and have a 2.5 weighted or higher high school GPA and be a US citizen or permanent resident.  To be considered for the Educational Diversity Scholarship you must complete the following by February 15, 2017:

    • The NKU application for admission
        o Apply for admission by February 15, 2017
        o Submit the $40 application fee
        o Submit the high school transcript(s)
        o Submit any ACT or SAT scores
    • The NKU on-line freshman scholarship application
    • The required essay on your definition of success
    • The additional essay on diversity and inclusiveness

The Educational Diversity Scholarship is awarded up to full tuition.

To begin the on-line freshman scholarship application.
  • This application is not recommended for a mobile device.
  • This application must be completed and submitted at one time.  You will not be able to save your scholarship application and return to it.  Before beginning the application, please review all needed requirements and essays.
  • Deadline – February 15, 2017