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KCU Academic Scholarships

Kentucky Christian University’s new scholarship program was implemented beginning Fall 2017 and is designed to assist students and their families as they prepare to fund a college education.  We continue to value test scores and grade point averages, but we also take into consideration financial need and assist students who come from out-of-state to receive a Christian education.

The following tables outline areas of scholarship opportunities tied to location, ACT scores, and financial need. (Students may receive one or all of these scholarships based on admission status and/or residency status at KCU.)

Our enrollment counselors look forward to discussing this new approach with you!  Give us a call at 800-522-3181.  A private, Christian college education is more affordable than you think.

Attention Athletes:   Awards outlined below are not available to students receiving athletic scholarships.  All athletic scholarships will be managed by the institution and NAIA limits preventing layering or stacking.

Kentucky Students Only – Scholarships

Out-of-State Students Only – Scholarships


NOTE:  1) Transfer students are eligible for the same scholarships.

2) To receive KCU scholarships, students must meet the minimum academic requirements for acceptance to the University and enroll full-time.

3) Commuters who are eligible to receive federal and/or state aid will also receive the scholarships listed above as long as KCU scholarship funds do not exceed the amount of the school bill resulting in a refund.

Attention Athletes:   Awards outlined above are not available to students receiving athletic scholarships. All athletic scholarships will be managed by the institution and NAIA limits preventing layering or stacking.

Lusby Excellence Award for Christ, Character and Career

The Lusby Excellence Award is named after KCU’s founder, J.W. Lusby, and is a competitive scholarship based on an essay approved and ratified by the Kentucky Christian University Cabinet.

  • Eight (8) students will be selected as winners (students must be accepted by January deadline for submission)
  • Students must have a minimum 27 ACT or SAT equivalent
  • Students need a 3.50 High School GPA
  • Each winner will receive a $18,000 renewable each year (as long as they retain a 3.30 or greater GPA during their college career at KCU) Note: Commuter students will receive the Lusby Excellence Award as a $13,000 renewable scholarship.
  • Only new freshmen students are eligible for this Award – transfers or re-admits are not eligible
  • Deadline for submission of essays is January 1 of each academic year
  • Parameters of the essay follow:
    • Essay must be 1500-2000 words in length
    • Must include a cover sheet (or title page)
    • Times New Roman – 12 point, double spaced
  • Suggested Topics:
    • Explain in detail an event, situation, or activity the student has experienced or have involvement which exemplifies Christian character
    • How has the student’s Christian walk changed his/her attitude as it pertains to peer pressure, witnessing to other students, work ethic, etc?
    • How does the student believe Christian character will affect how he/she will perform in his/her chosen career?

Call your enrollment Counselor at 800-522-3181 for more details.

Scholarship Athletes are not eligible for the Lusby Scholarship.

Institutional Scholarships


Bible Bowl Scholarships

Kentucky Christian University has an agreement with the National Bible Bowl program and will grant tuition scholarships to individuals and members of the following placing events. These scholarships are added together and reflect the total award, which will be divided equally over a period of 4 years (8 semesters). This scholarship award would begin the fall semester immediately following graduation from High School. Recipients of this “stackable” scholarship must maintain a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. KCU Bible Bowl Scholarship awards are applied toward KCU tuition only, as stipulated above and designated below.

National Tournament Attendance:  $500 Scholarship
Memory Master:  $250 Scholarship


Preaching/Speech and Vocal Scholarships

The University cooperates with several organizations sponsoring preaching, speech and vocal contests. Included are the North American Christian Convention, state teen conventions, and others. Scholarship awards in this area for first place are $2,000, second place $1,500, and third place $750.

Please note: The total of all KCU Scholarships combined may not exceed the cost of tuition in a given semester. Awards from Bible Bowl, Preaching/Speech or Vocal Scholarships must be used beginning fall semester following high school graduation.

Alumni & Church Scholarships

Scholarship Athletes are not eligible for the scholarships listed above.

Investment of Time, Prayer, and Love

“I’ll never forget how the Bible and Ministry professors at KCU cared about me as a person. They didn’t just see me
as a student number. They invested time, prayer, and love into my life and my ministry, and I’m eternally thankful
for their influence.”

Sean Plank, Class of 2010

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