Additional Scholarship Opportunites
There's no one-size-fits-all approach to funding your education, but scholarships
(free money that doesn't have to be repaid) certainly can help. We also know you
bring a variety of skills and abilities to the table beyond great academics; that's
why Wichita State also offers scholarship opportunities that are as unique and diverse
as you! Through the generous support of our Wichita State donors, we are proud to
offer these scholarship opportunities to students in Shocker Nation.
In addition to the WSU Merit Scholarship program, Wichita State has number of additional
scholarship opportunities for incoming students.
Wichita State offers a variety of scholarships open to both incoming and current
As a current WSU student, check out these scholarships available specifically to
For new, incoming students only
Distinguished Scholarship Invitational
A variety of scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen DSI participants, including three
$64,000 Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships - three of the largest scholarships in Kansas!
Linwood Sexton Endowed Scholarship
The Linwood Sexton scholarship is a full-ride scholarship geared toward minority students,
majoring in Business or Education, who demonstrate financial need and have a minimum
cumulative 3.00 GPA and a minimum 21 ACT composite score.
Osher Reentry Scholarship Program
Wichita State University is proud to be the only university in Kansas to offer the
WSU Osher Reentry Scholarship Program for returning adult students. The Osher Scholarships
are designed to help undergraduate students who have have experienced a five-year
cumulative gap in their education.
Phi Theta Kappa All-Kansas Academic Team Scholarship
The PTK Scholarship provides a one-year award of $1,000 for named PTK All-Kansas Academic
Team Members, first-time, full-time transfer with a minimum overall transfer GPA of
SigEp Building Balanced Men
Kansas Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity is offering four Balanced Man Scholarships
to outstanding freshman males attending Wichita State next fall. We are offering these
scholarships to the incoming male students who embody the principles of the Balanced
Man. Our aim is to recognize and reward men who strive to achieve balance, and all-around
excellence, as we believe it to be essential in achieving a satisfying college experience
Thomas Simpson Memorial Scholarship
Thomas was a member of the Nerd Union, a Wichita State University student organization
established to bring together individuals whose main interests often led to isolation
and the belief that they were different from everyone else. In 2014, Thomas was diagnosed
with Cancer and barely a year later, the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes and
eventually bested him. The founder of the Nerd Union established this scholarship
to honor Thomas and the impact he had on the lives of those in the organization and
to pay it forward by helping people who were like him. People who were not afraid
to admit what they were (in his case, a nerd, like all of those who banded together
in Nerd Union) and to wear the title proudly, to be who he wanted to be.
For both new and current students
Academic College Scholarships
Collectively, the academic colleges of Wichita State University award more than $2
million of available scholarships annually. Each college has its own application process
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
Recipients must be either children or grandchildren of individuals who have completed
30 credit hours or more at Wichita State University and are a dues-paying member of
the WSU Alumni Association as of January 1 of the year the recipient receives the
The Aurora Scholarship recognizes the efforts of all incoming freshmen/all students
as they strive to be leaders at Wichita State University and in the community in hopes
of establishing a new era for women empowerment. 2020 will be our third year of hosting
this scholarship competition. In the past, we were able to award two hard-working,
exceptional students who have become integrated within our university's community.
Our organization is excited to be offering two, $400 academic scholarships open to
all WSU students, including incoming freshmen.
Kurt Budke Scholarship Application
Scholarship applications for the Kurt Budke Scholarship are accepted through March
1 by the Greater Salina Community Foundation. The Scholarship was formed in memory
of Kurt Budke. Kurt was born on June 3rd 1961 in Salina, Kansas. He grew up playing
all sports. At the completion of high school he was offered a scholarship to play
basketball at Barton County Community College. He played his final 2 years of collegiate
basketball at Washburn University. He started his coaching career at Friends University
while attaining his Master's Degree at Wichita State University. He coached at Kansas
City Kansas Community College, Allen County Community College and Trinity Valley Community
College before accepting a coaching position at Louisiana Tech University. In 2005
he became the head coach at Oklahoma State University. On November 17, 2011 he was
killed in a plane crash while on a recruiting trip.
Historic Midtown Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded to incoming or current students who live in Historic Midtown
(between 21st Street North and Murdock Street, and between the Santa Fe Railroad and
the Arkansas River).
Legacy Tuition Waiver
Designed for Non-resident students paying non-resident tuition rates whose parent,
step-parent, legal guardian, grandparent or step-grandparent graduated from WSU with
an associate, bachelor, master, or doctoral degree.
There are numerous scholarships offered by entities outside of the WSU campus and
community. This page provides resources to find them.
State of Kansas Scholarships
The State of Kansas offers a variety of state-funded grants and scholarships through
the Kansas Board of Regents. For more information on State of Kansas Student Financial Aid Programs, please contact the Kansas Board of Regents.
2020-2021 Brochure: Financial Aid Sources for Kansas Students
WSU Foundation Core Values Scholarship
The WSU Foundation Core Values scholarship is open to all undergraduates of Wichita
State University and is awarded without regard to financial need. Preference will
be given to those demonstrating the core values of integrity, relationships, teamwork
and service. Recipient(s) must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester.
The recipient(s) of the WSU Foundation Core Values Scholarship will need to be willing
to have a photograph taken for use in publicizing our annual fund-raiser. Also, we
would like the recipient to attend at least one WSU Foundation staff meeting during
the school year as our guest. Submission of this application tells us you are willing
to comply with both of these requests.
WSU Dames Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1972, the WSU Dames Endowed Scholarship is intended to benefit non-traditional,
female students. The scholarship is open to both incoming and current WSU students.
WSU WIBA Scholarship
The Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) and the Kansas Independent Business
Coalition (KIBC) awards a $1,000 scholarship annually to an incoming or current full-time
student at Wichita State University.
Zach's Wishes for Miracles Scholarship
Zach's Wishes for Miracles is a non-profit organization honoring the life of Zachary
W. Mesch-- a WSU student, Sigma Phi Epsilon member, and WU himself. We are committed
to fighting the good fight one day at a time, providing "miracles" to youth ages 18-23
years old battling cancer and supporting the dreams of WSU students by providing scholarships
annually. The organization will award a one-time, $500 scholarship to one incoming
or current undergraduate or graduate student.
For current students only
Amie Montgomery Scholarship Application / Student Ambassador Society
The Amie Montgomery Scholarship was established by the Student Ambassador Society,
the Montgomery family and other private donations. The purpose of it is to provide
financial assistance to outstanding Wichita State University students completing their
Ashok and Trish Bajaj Memorial Fellowship
On February 16, 2008, Dr. Ashok Bajaj and his wife, Mrs. Trish Bajaj, died tragically
when their twin-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff. Their families established
a memorial in their name, which created the Ashok and Trish Bajaj Memorial Scholarship
and Fellowship. Applicants must be a second-year graduate student at WSU from India
and meet other criteria listed on the application.
African American Faculty and Staff Association
One of our major goals is to assist WSU students with tuition and or school supplies.
AAFSA gives away five scholarships per year in the amount of $250.00.
Council of University Women
The Council of University Women (CUW) is an organization open to all female employees
of Wichita State University. Preference will be given to women. All else being equal,
preference will be given to member of CUW or family member of CUW member.
HALA Scholarship for Community Service Application
The HALA Scholarship for Community Service is made possible through funding from the
Educational Opportunity Fund. Designed for US citizen or permanent resident students
who are enrolled full time at WSU, have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA and have a
minimum of 12 credit hours completed prior to submission of the application.
James J. Rhatigan Leadership Scholarship
The James J. Rhatigan Leadership Scholarship provides tuition assistance to eligible
Wichita State University juniors and seniors. The scholarship is meant to reward students
who have demonstrated consistent leadership, service, and academic merit within the
University and surrounding community.
James B. Pearson Fellowship
Established in 1979, the Pearson Fellowship provides assistance to graduate students
with approved study abroad programs. The average stipend awarded is $2,456. More funding
may be available depending upon the length of the projects, which normally range from
3 – 15 months. Applicants must be: a resident of the state of Kansas for a minimum
of five years; be accepted to a graduate program at an accredited Kansas college or
university; be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a program of study, preferably related
to foreign affairs. Appropriation fields of study include but are not limited to anthropology,
economics, geography, history, international relations, law, philosophy, political
science, psychology, and sociology.
Koch Discovery Scholarship Program
Koch's Discovery Scholarship Program is designed for college students who are innovative
and eager to apply their knowledge and ideas to help society.The Discovery Scholarship
is more than the $60,000 annually allocated to students. The program also provides
mentorship opportunities from global business leaders at Koch companies.
Koplik Memorial Scholarship
The Koplik Memorial Scholarship awards a $1,200 scholarship in honor of Dr. Stanley
Z. Koplik, who served as Executive Director of the Kansas Board of Regents from 1982
until 1993, when he left to become Chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher
Education. Upon his untimely death in 2000, his family and friends established the
scholarship to honor his service to the Kansas Board of Regents and the Regents institutions
as well as his advocacy of accessible and affordable high-quality public education.
The Richard D. Muma and Rick A. Case Equality Scholarship was established in 2011
because the donors felt that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning
students are often overlooked. Preference is given to members of That Gay Group!,
a WSU student organization.
SGA International Student Scholarship
The SGA International Student Scholarship is provided through the Student Government
Association for international students planning to continue their education. Applicants
must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students who have completed at least one
semester of study at WSU.
Soroptimist Scholarship for WSU Students
Preference for this scholarship is given to mature, undergraduate, degree-bound women
endeavoring to acquire or advance in a career for the benefit of themselves and children
dependent on them.
WSU Alumni Association License Plate Scholarship
The amount awarded in scholarships each year is determined by the funds generated
by the license plate program and range from $1,000 to $4,000. Recipients are awarded
based on a combination of GPA, campus involvement, community activities, leadership,
work history, financial need and overall impression. Candidates must be either a sophomore,
junior, or senior at Wichita State University to be considered.
WSU Study Abroad
A number of scholarships are available for those who wish to study abroad.
Wichita Family Crisis Center - Mansfield Memorial Fund
The Mansfield Memorial Fund scholarship, administered by the Wichita Family Crisis
Center Board of Directors, is being made available to you through the trust of Bessie
Francis Davis Mansfield. Ms. Mansfield's desire was to assist individuals attending
a public institution of higher learning who demonstrate financial need, so that she/he
may complete her/his post-secondary degree.
The Wichita Family Crisis Center operates the Women's Crisis Center, a 24-hour emergency
shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence, as well as several outreach
and education programs in the community. All services provided by the Wichita Family
Crisis Center are free and confidential. In 2012, the Wichita Family Crisis Center
marked its 36th year of providing emergency shelter and advocacy services to women
and children fleeing domestic violence. Annually, the Wichita Family Crisis Center
serves over 1,200 individuals affected by domestic violence.