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The Martin School is pleased to offer two new undergraduate scholarships starting in fall 2021: the Michael and Margaret Ruehling Undergraduate Public Policy Scholarship and the Martin School Undergraduate Scholarship.


Michael and Margaret Ruehling Undergraduate Public Policy Scholarship 

This scholarship is available due to the generosity and commitment to public service of Mr. Michael Ruehling, retired government and government relations professional, UK alum, and member of the Martin School Board of Visitors.

The Ruehling Scholarship will be awarded to 1-2 incoming students each fall and is nonrenewable. To be eligible for this scholarship, incoming undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled full-time as a primary Pre-Public Policy major
  • Graduate from a Kentucky high school
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need
  • Minimum of 3.0 unweighted GPA
  • Demonstrated engagement, interest and/or leadership in the field of public policy

Apply here!


Martin School Undergraduate Scholarship

This award is for current and incoming full-time Public Policy students who have demonstrated financial need and experience in public service, advocacy, or leadership. Demand for scholarship funding is significant, therefore not all applicants will receive awards. Priority will be given to those with unmet financial need and career aspirations in public service. This award is renewable for two years, and applications are only accepted in the spring semester for awards to be dispersed the following fall semester. Students must apply each year to renew their scholarship. 

Award Criteria:

  • Undergraduate Pre-Public Policy or Public Policy major (primary major/degree)
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need
  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted high school, transfer, or cumulative UK GPA
  • Experience in public service, advocacy, and/or leadership
  • Desire to pursue a career in public service

Apply here!


All scholarship decisions will be made by the Martin School undergraduate committee based on a wholistic review of each applicant’s qualifications, including, but not limited to GPA, academic recognition and awards, community service, leadership experiences, and financial need. Applications are available online and are due March 14th. Only complete applications will be considered and students are only awarded one Martin School scholarship at any one time (though you may apply for both if you qualify).


Please contact Brooke Kuerzi for any questions regarding undergraduate Public Policy scholarships.