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Singletary Scholarship

ResearchHogResearchHog Posts: 3Registered User New Member
Can anyone tell me what makes up a Singletary Scholar? I want to see if I have a chance. Any posts about Singletary would be nice. I saw that there is no thread specifically devoted to it.

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  • ckellenckellen Posts: 0Registered User New Member
    I just received one of this year's Singletary Scholarships, so I can try to help. For reference, I had a 32 ACT/3.9 GPA. The two application essays and the interview are the most influential factors in the decision, since Singletary Scholars aren't just top academic students, but are also ambassadors for the University. They are heavily involved in recruiting, so they're looking for someone poised, personable, etc. (Not that I'm proclaiming myself to be perfect at any of this, I'm still in shock that I got it!)
  • tdkennedytdkennedy Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    Yeah I just received the Singletary Scholarship this year. My stats are almost identical to ckellen. 32 ACT, 3.97 GPA, Almost all Honors and AP Classes. One thing I think helped me though is that I go to one of the local schools in Lexington. They're really big on recruiting local kids. I hope everything goes well.
  • NaperMomNaperMom Posts: 129Registered User Junior Member
    Congratulations to both of you. May I ask if either of you were NMF and if you were accepted into the Honors Program? I am wondering if the students who were eligible to receive the Patterson scholarship were not considered / interviewed on an equal proportion, as they were already getting such a fabulous scholarship offer from UK.
  • OhDad3OhDad3 Posts: 53Registered User Junior Member
    @NaperMom - 2012 Singletary class totaled 51. 38 were KY residents. Of the 51, 5 were NMF, but note also that singletaries are also all in honors by design. 2012 Patterson totaled 66 and 40 were KY residents.
  • celesterobertscelesteroberts Posts: 1,647Registered User Senior Member
    What is the difference between the awards?They seem very similar. It looks like NMFs might get an extra $500/yr for Singletary? Are there other benefits?
  • OhDad3OhDad3 Posts: 53Registered User Junior Member
    @celesteroberts - financially no difference when you add $2K college sponsored NMF award for Patterson recipients. Singletary is otherwise competitive whereas Patterson is auto for NMF, therefore considered the higher level award and automatic honors program.
  • celesterobertscelesteroberts Posts: 1,647Registered User Senior Member
    edited March 26
    OhDad3, thanks. So the only tangible benefit is not having to worry about honors acceptance? From your earlier post looks like not many NMFs receive SIngletary. Where do you find your numbers? You don't happen to know what % NMF applicants are accepted to honors, do you? I see honors had 400 spots for 2400 applicants overall according to a FAQ response. But they must admit more than that since not everyone attends.
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  • OhDad3OhDad3 Posts: 53Registered User Junior Member
    edited March 26
    @celesteroberts - my posts were based on the following:

    http://uknow.uky.edu/content/greatest-young-minds-campus
    http://www.uky.edu/financialaid/content/academic-scholarships-freshmen
    http://www.uky.edu/Scholars/

    The first of these says, "Students who are awarded the Singletary Scholarship are also automatically enrolled in the Honors Program at UK." Regardless of the order stated, I'm really not sure which comes first; i.e., if honors acceptance is one of many hurdles for Singletary applicants to first complete just like the interview, etc. The 2nd and 3rd posters to this thread would have that timeline in-hand and could verify the process fully.

    At merit weekend it was announced that well over 3,000 (maybe 3,400?) applications to honors were received for Fall '14 and that something over 400 were awarded. Unlike at some other schools (Cinci, Alabama) where honors comes automatically (or nearly so) with the NMF type awards, it is not a guarantee at UK where it remains highly competitive. {Read the "Honors College Nonsense" thread.} My son applied to 9 schools and used common app wherever he could. Unfortunately, on UK's supplement for "Competitive Scholarships and Honors", it appears there were two separate blocks to check (one for each) and in the fog of doing everything, he apparently only checked the first. So even though he wrote the essays, it appeared to admissions he was only seeking the scholarships and not honors, so he didn't even get referred for the honors competition. His fault and a useful lesson in paying attention to details and accepting consequences. He is in the separate engineering honors program (SEAM) in any case and one can't really meet the requirements of both easily anyway. Engineering says they expect UK to streamline and merge the different honors programs in the coming year to keep up better with their recent growth and popularity in attracting ever more qualified applicants..

    The second of the above states, "The Patterson Scholarship is in addition to the UK National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship of $2,000, which is awarded through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation." I too noticed the $500 difference in stipend but given that the Patterson excludes UK's $2000 one time NMF award, I think that paid out over 4 years that is the difference. Again, Singletary recipients have had to compete for their awards and are obviously "measured-up" in both objective and subjective ways that sets them apart for what the university most wants of scholars who will represent UK. My son's Patterson award was obviously based mostly on a test score and the little extra that NMSC looks at to advance from NMSF to NMF. Very grateful for the good fortune in my house!

    The third of the above gives numbers and resident demographics for both scholarships over the years and through 2012. I could not find data on Fall 2013 entering classes though I'm sure it is available somewhere. I also would not know how to determine the NMF-among-honors ratio.
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  • celesterobertscelesteroberts Posts: 1,647Registered User Senior Member
    ^thanks. That's a lot of info. Appreciate it.
  • tdkennedytdkennedy Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    Just to respond to some of the previous questions, I was not a National Merit Finalist nor eligible for any of the Diversity Awards. I received admission to the Honors Program before being notified about Singletary. As mentioned above, Patterson and Singletary Scholarships are essentially equal in monetary value. Only thing specific I've found is that there are some HON 100 classes that are exclusive to Singletary Scholars and are mandatory. Congrats to all the other students and families on receiving any and all of these awards!
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