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Donovan Fellowship for Academic Scholars

  • Requirements and Registration
  • Tuition Waiver

The Donovan Fellowship for Academic Students provides an opportunity for persons aged 65 and older to become students at the University of Kentucky by enrolling in any courses listed in the UK General Catalog, UK Independent Study Program, UK Correspondence Courses, and the Kentucky Virtual University. Acceptance is based upon available space and may require the consent of the instructor or pre-requisites. Space is rarely available for individual instruction in piano, organ and voice. Donovan Fellows may audit classes (with no exams, papers or other assignments required), take classes for credit but not work toward a degree, or take classes for credit and be a degree candidate. When Donovan Fellows are non-degree candidates, there is no requirement regarding previous educational attainment to audit a course or take a course for credit. However, to work toward a degree, the Donovan Fellow must meet the same admissions criteria as any other university student. There is no limit on the number of semesters a person may enroll. Donovan Academic Fellows are responsible for the cost of any required materials, parking permits and applicable income taxes. Tuition and fees are paid through funds authorized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Federal Direct Student Loan Program guidelines require that the Donovan Scholarship be considered "financial aid" and be included in a student's total financial aid award. The amount of the tuition and fees is included when calculating the total dollar amount of financial aid to which a student is entitled. The tuition is considered taxable income when classes are not taken toward a degree (audited or non-degree credit). Continuing education courses are excluded from the Donovan Academic Fellows because of the special provisions under which they are administered. In addition, some University of Kentucky courses are limited to major-only students.

For an application or more information, contact:

Sharye Davis
Registrar
UK Donovan Academic Fellowship
Ligon House 658 Limestone,
Lexington, KY 40506-0442
Phone: 859-257-2657
Fax: 859-323-4940

TUITION WAIVERS ARE AVAILABLE UNDER KRS 164.284

  1. When any person sixty-five (65) years of age or older, who is a resident of the Commonwealth, is admitted and enrolls enrolls as a student in any state-supported institution of higher learning in this Commonwealth, the board of trustees of the institution or other appropriate institution officials shall waive all tuition charges and fees for such student, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section.
  2. In the event that classes are full or the granting of free admission requires additional units, the institution may deny admission under this section.

Tuition Waivers are Available at the Following Kentucky Institutions

For more information contact the person listed under each institution.

  • Ashland Community Technical College
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Sandra Gussler
    1400 College Drive
    Ashland KY 41101
    (606) 326-2104
  • Big Sandy Community & Technical College
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Jimmy Wright
    One Bert T Combs Drive
    Prestonsburg KY 41653
    (606) 886-3863 ext. 67347
  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Runyan Prendergrast
    470 Cooper Drive
    Lexington KY 40506-0235
    (859)246-6200 ext. 56305
  • Eastern Kentucky University
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Amanda McCracken
    521 Lancaster Avenue
    Richmond KY 40475
    (800) 262-7493
  • Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Cristy Null
    600 College Street Road
    Elizabethtown KY 42701
    (270) 769-2371
  • Hazard Community & Technical College
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Libby Peters
    1 Community College Drive
    Hazard KY 41701
    (606) 436-5721
  • Henderson Community College
    Donovan Registration Procedure
    Brenda Knight
    2660 S. Green Street
    Henderson KY 41701
    (270) 837-1867
  • Hopkinsville Community College
    Gloria Scott
    720 North Drive
    Hopkinsville KY 42240
    (270) 707-3823
  • Jefferson Community College
    Sylvia Johnson
    109 East Broadway
    Louisville KY 40204
    (502) 231-2203
  • Kentucky State College
    Donovan Registration Procedure
    Roberta Mason
    400 East Main Street
    Frankfort KY
    (502) 597-5614
  • Madisonville Community College
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Aimee Bullock
    2000 College drive
    Madisonville KY 42431
    (270) 824-8696

    Donovan Registration Procedure
    Penny Jessup
    406 West Everly Brothers Blvd.
    Central City KY 42330-2701
    (270) 824-1724
  • Maysville Community & Technical College
    Counselor Registration Procedure
    Leslie McCord or Penny Hickman
    1755 US Highway 68
    Maysville KY 41056
    (606) 759-7141 ext. 66185
  • Morehead State University
    Counselor Registration Procedure
    Vincent Butler or Karen Cornett
    University Boulevard
    Morehead KY 41056
    (606) 783-5209 (Butler)
    (606) 783-2579 (Cornett)
  • Murray State University
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Stacy Bell
    200 Sparks Hall
    Murray KY 42071
    (270) 765-4227
  • Northern Kentucky University
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Admission Office
    University Drive
    Highland Heights KY 41099
    (800) 637-9948
  • Owensboro Community & Technical College
    Counselor Registration Procedure
    Barb Pitmore
    4800 New Hartford Road
    Owensboro KY 42303
    (270) 686-4530
  • Somerset Community College
    Counselor Registration Procedure
    Marsha Phelps
    808 Monticello Street
    Somerset KY 42303
    (606) 679-8501
  • Southeast Community College
    Handled through Coordinator Registration Procedure
    Veria Baker
    700 College Road
    Cumberland KY 0823
    (606) 589-2145
  • University of Kentucky
    Donovan Registration Procedure
    Sharye Davis
    Registrar
    UK Donovan Academic Fellowship
    Ligon House 658 Limestone,
    Lexington, KY 40506-0442
    Phone: 859-257-2657
    Fax: 859-323-4940
  • University of Louisville
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Don Barnett Bursar's Office
    Louisville KY 40292
    (800) 334-8635
  • Western Kentucky Community & Technical College
    Counselor Registration Procedure
    Lisa Stephenson
    P.O. Box 7380
    Paducah KY 42002
    (270) 544-9200
  • Western Kentucky University
    Normal Registration Procedure
    Pat Bodkin
    1 Big Red Way
    Bowling Green KY 42101
    (270) 745-5370