Scholars Program

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The Grawemeyer Scholars with UofL President James Ramsey at the 2016 Grawemeyer Awards ceremony

The University of Louisville established the Grawemeyer Scholarship to honor UofL alumnus and benefactor H. Charles Grawemeyer, the namesake of the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Awards.

Each year, ten Grawemeyer Scholars receive a full-ride, four-year-renewable scholarship, based on their promise for undergraduate research, leadership, and service to the University, as exemplified by their test scores, high school grades, letters of recommendation, and records of extracurricular achievement.

Grawemeyer Scholars receive a dedicated program of civic, cultural, and leadership education during their freshman year, during which Program administration and UofL faculty work to match them with an undergraduate research experience in any field of study offered at the University.

The scholarship may also be used to fund a semester abroad, which the Program strongly encourages and works with the Study Abroad Office to facilitate.

The Grawemeyer Scholars Program is part of UofL’s family of prestigious full-ride-plus “Mentored Scholarship Programs,” which includes the McConnell Scholars Program and the Brown Fellows Program.

Scholarship Details

Full in-state tuition, plus a stipend for room, board, and books. Non-resident recipients will receive an enhancement to their National Scholars award.  31 ACT or 1360 SAT (CR + M) and 3.75 GPA. More information and application materials can be found on the UofL Admissions Mentored Scholarships web pages.

Current Scholars

2016 – Amanda Arts, Brandon Brown, Connor Burns, Alisha Deshmukh, Sam Embry, Gabrielle “Ellie” Farley, Garrett McGrady, Davis Pyle, Graham Reynolds, Kayla “Maria” Shields.

2015 – Rachel Benzing, Joseph Graf, Poonum Haldankar, Carly Newman, Stephanie Russell, Joshua Stewart.

2014 – Glen Gnadinger, Joshua Kotter, Nicole Robertson, Clayton Truman, Andrew Bratton, Dustin Cox.

2013 – Conner Collins, Nicholas Daniels, Peter Heiniger, Naethan Mundkur, Larissa Pack, Rachel Sandman, Rachel Thompson

Mentored Scholarship recipients outside of the Kentucky state capitol

Recipients of Mentored Scholarships — Brown Fellows, Grawemeyer Scholars, and Jones Scholars — presented their research at the Posters at the Capitol event in February of 2016.

Grawemeyer Scholar Nicole Robertson presents her chemistry research project at Posters at the Capitol.

Grawemeyer Scholar Nicole Robertson presents her chemistry research project at Posters at the Capitol.

2016 Scholars

Amanda Arts, Pike County Central High School, Pikeville, KY
Amanda, is a Governor’s Scholar, Rogers Scholar and Kentucky Commonwealth Ambassador, majoring in chemical engineering. Her long resume includes theater, varsity soccer, and student council.

Brandon Brown, Dixie Heights High School, Ft. Mitchell, KY
Brandon is majoring in chemical engineering. He has been a Governor’s Scholar, a varsity football player, and track athlete. He was involved in Student Council, Math Team, and Beta Club among his long list of extracurriculars. He is also an award-winning visual artist.

Connor Burns, Boyle County High School, Danville, KY
Connor has excelled in varsity soccer and elite club soccer, as well as varsity swimming. He was KHSAA Academic All-State all four years of high school. A Governor’s Scholar, he is majoring in bioengineering.

Alisha Deshmukh, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, Kentucky
Alisha is majoring in bioengineering with an eye toward medical school. She is a Governor’s Scholar, which at Manual was an even harder accomplishment. Among her long list of achievements and voluntarism, are class president and varsity soccer player.

Sam Embry, Grayson County High School, Leitchfield, Kentucky
Sam was raised on a farm in Grayson County. He was a Governor’s Scholar and a varsity tennis player. He participated in Academic Team and captained his school’s Quick-Recall team. He is majoring in chemistry.

Gabrielle “Ellie” Farley, Highlands High School, Ft. Thomas, KY
Ellie, a National Merit Semifinalist, majors in public health. She has been an elite dance team member, captain of the varsity soccer team, and has had summer experiences at Thomas More College and Georgetown University.

Garrett McGrady, DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY
Garrett was captain of Manual’s speech team, won a medal at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and has actively worked in two labs of UofL faculty. He is majoring in electrical engineering.

Davis Pyle, Hopkinsville High School, Hopkinsville, KY
Davis is an Eagle Scout, a Governor’s Scholar and a member of his school’s Science Olympiad team. He played varsity tennis and has earned a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is majoring in electrical engineering.

Graham Reynolds, Carol Martin Gatton Academy, Bowling Green, KY
Graham graduated from Gatton Academy, a dual-enrollment high school at Western Kentucky University, with two years of college credit. He has active experience in a cancer lab at Western. He is majoring in biochemistry.

Kayla “Maria” Shields, Thomas Nelson High School, Bardstown, KY
Maria is a Governor’s Scholar and was the Student Organization Council president who was active in Kentucky Youth Assembly, Future Farmers of America and her high school’s academic team. She is majoring in biology.