Additional Scholarship Opportunities

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In addition to the WSU Merit Scholarship program, Wichita State has number of additional scholarship opportunities for incoming students.  
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 Wichita State offers a variety of scholarships open to both incoming and current students.
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 As a current WSU student, check out these scholarships available specifically to you.

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 3.25.

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 and life.

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 and deadline.

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 scholarship.

Aurora Scholarship
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.

Outside Scholarships
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.

2019-2020 Brochure: Financial Aid Sources for Kansas Students

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 college education.

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.

Muma-Case Scholarship
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.