Bellarmine drops GPA requirement for Kentucky students to receive Public Price Promise scholarship

October 7, 2022

In an effort to make Bellarmine’s robust education more accessible and affordable for talented students in Kentucky, the university is eliminating the Grade Point Average requirement for its Public Price Promise scholarship.  

Public Price Promise is a unique merit-based scholarship in which Bellarmine matches the direct cost of qualifying students’ state flagship university – that’s often a state’s largest, oldest public university. For students in Kentucky, Bellarmine will match University of Kentucky’s tuition, fees, room and board.  

The scholarship is like few others in the country. It allows students to receive Bellarmine’s distinctive private, liberal arts education within a small, close-knit community for the same price as attending a large state school. 

The new scholarship is in keeping with Bellarmine’s strategic plan which prioritizes finding innovative ways to make Bellarmine accessible to students of all backgrounds.  

“Our mission is to make sure that cost is not a deterrent for higher education for Kentucky’s students,” said Dr. Michael Marshall, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communication at Bellarmine. “We’re hopeful that Public Price Promise, along with our other affordability initiatives, gives students the support they need to achieve their highest potential.”

To qualify, students must enroll as a traditional first-year college student and reside on campus all four years. 

Students may still receive additional grants, work-study and loans through need-based government programs. They may also apply outside scholarship awards. Students who don’t meet qualifications for the Public Price Promise are still eligible for other  Bellarmine scholarships and grants. Every admitted student receives some form of institutional aid. The average total award is $28,000.  


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