The purpose of student life on campus is academic achievement and progress; a certain standard must be maintained for all recipients of bowling scholarships. The awarding of a bowling scholarship is an occurrence that each recipient should view with great pride. The purpose of each scholarship is to supplement the cost of a college education, while secondarily allowing each recipient to participate in a quality bowling program. All scholarship recipients must meet or exceed the Shocker Bowling eligibility requirements at all times.
I. Scholarships are offered on a semester basis.
II. Any bowling student-athlete who is in good standing with the Shocker Bowling Program (fees paid, fundraising minimum met, completed tryouts, etc.) is eligible to apply for spring scholarship aid. The only exception to this policy would be for freshmen, who shall remain on scholarship both semesters, regardless of whether or not they make the overall team rosters.
III. Scholarship decisions will be made by the Head Coaching Staff.
IV. Recipients who drop all of their classes before final class refund dates or withdrawal dates will be obligated to repay the scholarship fund the full amount of their scholarship. Recipients who drop under a class load of 12 hours will also be obligated to repay their scholarship stipend. A player can be dropped from the scholarship program if the program’s Code of Conduct is not upheld. A player may also be dropped at the discretion of the Head Coach. The awarding of a scholarship to a student-athlete is a privilege to give and should be perceived by the players as a privilege to receive. Therefore, it is expected that the player do everything in their power to remain in good scholarship standing. The Head Coach may grant an exception based on extraordinary circumstances.
V. Coaches reserve the right to make decisions or changes in policies at their discretion regarding all aspects of the scholarship program.
The first WSU bowling scholarship was offered in 1978 as a means to offer a better total support package to our student-athletes. One of the WSU bowling program’s trademarks - innovation - is clearly evident in the scholarship program. It is one of the most important keys to the past and continuing success of the Wichita State University Bowling Program. There are currently two types of scholarship aid available to WSU Shocker bowlers: tuition scholarship and book loan.
I. BOWLING SCHOLARSHIP: Each year the scholarship program is in effect, the WSU bowling scholarship fund can support a predetermined number of partial scholarships on a semester to semester basis. Scholarships are awarded based upon the coaching staff’s perceptions of the athlete’s bowling skills, skill development, and budgetary constraints. Scholarship money is automatically applied towards tuition and fee expenses. Application deadlines are May 1 and December 1 for fall and spring semesters, respectively. Fall semester scholarship decisions will be announced no later than May 15 and applicants will be notified by postal or electronic mail. Spring scholarship decisions will be announced as soon as possible after fall semester eligibility is determined.
II. BOOK LOAN SCHOLARSHIP: The Shocker Bowling Head Coaching staff, working through the University Bookstore, provides a textbook loan program for recipients of this scholarship. In short, the recipient will be provided required class textbooks on a “loan” basis for a semester. There are some books and supplies that are not covered on the plan (i.e. workbooks, supplemental text that features "tear out" pages for assignments, etc.). These workbooks or other school supplies must be paid for by the student. Depending on the number of credit hours taken, this plan could represent around $600.00 in savings per semester. For more information please review the book loan policies on the following pages.
1. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A BOWLING SCHOLARSHIP?
Any person, male or female, either in-state or out-of-state who will be an entering freshman, transferring from another university, or who is currently enrolled at WSU, may apply.
2. HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE GIVEN OUT?
There is no established number of scholarships given because the primary basis for awarding a scholarship is based on the amount of funding available and the talent of the bowlers. An average number of annual recipients of some form of scholarship aid is usually between 15 and 20 students.
3. HOW DO I GET BOWLING SCHOLARSHIP AID?
Bowling scholarship aid, simply said, is given to our BEST student-athletes. These are the people who have shown us elite skills both as bowlers and students.
a. What are elite bowling skills?
b. What are elite student skills?
In short, these are the academic (and in some cases life) skills needed to be successful at the college level and beyond. The following is a partial list of some of these skills.
Desire to Improve/Learn Good Note Taking
Work Ethic/Commitment Self-Discipline
Time Management Proficiency Planning/Goal Setting
Superior Study Habits Practice
Overachieving/Overlearning Attention to Details/Preparation
4. ONCE ON BOWLING SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE, HOW DO I KEEP RECEIVING IT?
Simply said, assistance will continue being received by the student-athlete overachieving and rising to new, higher levels in each area listed in number 3 above. Awarding of a bowling scholarship is not a reward for past work; rather it is a challenge to the recipient of the work yet to be done.
5. HOW MUCH ARE THE SCHOLARSHIPS?
Scholarship amounts are at the discretion of the coaching staff.
6. WHERE DOES SCHOLARSHIP MONEY COME FROM?
Money flows into the scholarship fund from corporate and individual contributions, various team fundraising activities and a dollar amount allocated from WSU’s Rhatigan Student Center and Financial Aid Department. We currently expect to award roughly $130,000 each year in bowling scholarships.
7. ARE THERE ANY OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
Yes. The team has been honored in recent years by the inception of fifteen memorial and/or honorary scholarships. These very special remembrances flow in to our General Scholarship fund; the coaches honor bowlers by naming them as recipients of these scholarships:
1) The Sidney L. Brick Memorial Scholarship is given to either an in-state or out-of-state student-athlete with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for preferably a one-year (two semester) period.
2) The Gary Armstrong Scholarship is given to an out-of-state student-athlete with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for preferably a one-year (two semester) period.
3) The Skip Wilson Scholarship is given to an in-state resident with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.
4) The Robert Harris Scholarship is given to an out-of-state student-athlete with a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA.
5) The Patricia Lewis Scholarship is given to an in-state or out-of-state student.
6) The Gordon and Cindy Vadakin Honorary Scholarship is given to an in-state or out-of-state student.
7) The Coach K Three-Peat Scholarship is given to three members of the selected WSU bowling team with the highest GPA for the fall semester (male, female, international student).
8) The Jake Peters and Joshua McBride New Player Scholarship are awarded to a new player on the selected team with the highest GPA from the previous fall semester.
9) The Anita Manns Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a selected team member, who achieves a cumulative 3.5 GPA (or better) for all of their college course work and demonstrates outstanding leadership, following the bowling program philosophy by working, learning, and being loyal.
10) The Bowers Family Ambassador Scholarship is awarded annually for the spring semester to a selected team member who represents the sport of bowling with the highest character and integrity.
11) The Clyde R. Johnson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Women will be awarded annually for the spring semester to a selected women’s team member who embodies the bowling program philosophy of learning, working, and loyalty to the highest degree.
12) The Don and Maggie Blecha Scholarship is awarded annually to an in-state or out-of-state student.
13) The Josh Blanchard Scholarship is awarded annually to an in-state or out-of-state student.
14) The Barb Edwards Scholarship is awarded in the spring to an in-state or out-of-state student.
15) The WSU Student Government Association/Shocker Bowling Scholarship is awarded in the spring to an in-state or out-of-state student.
16) The Walt and Mink DeLozier Memorial Scholarship is given to an in-state or out-of-state student.
17) The Jean and Vernon Gensch Scholarship is awarded annually to an in-state or out-of-state student.
18) The Chip Aki Scholarship is awarded annually to an in-state or out-of-state student.
19) The Leslie and Chrissie Beamish Women’s Bowling Scholarship is annually awarded to an out-of-state female with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This female must demonstrate outstanding team play skills.
20) The Donna and Debbie DiTrani Women’s Bowling Scholarship is awarded in both the fall and the spring to a female who embodies the bowling program philosophy of learning, working and loyalty to the highest degree.
21) The Karma and Gary Mason Bowling Scholarship is annually awarded to a women’s selected team member who demonstrates the program’s philosophy of learning, working and loyalty.
8. DO I HAVE TO HAVE BOWLING SCHOLARSHIP AID TO PLAY FOR WICHITA STATE?
Absolutely not. Most of the student-athletes who both tryout and are selected for our teams are not initially on bowling scholarship assistance.
9. IS IT UNUSUAL FOR ENTERING FRESHMAN TO BE AWARDED ABOWLING SCHOLARSHIP?
Yes. It is unusual to see a student-athlete with a substantial quantity of the skills needed (both academically and athletically) to compete at this level of bowling as partially listed on #3. More often, student-athletes come into our program with a commitment to work hard and learn. In time, these athletes establish a track record of working, learning and loyalty that leads to not only scholarship support, but success as well.
10. HOW DO I APPLY FOR A BOWLING SCHOLARSHIP?
Bowling scholarship applications can be obtained from the Shocker Bowling program office or online at www.wichita.edu/bowling. You send your application to: Shocker Bowling Program, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, Kansas 67260-0056. Scholarship applications should be completed and returned to the Bowling Program Office by May 1 or December 1 to be considered for aid for the following fall and spring semester, respectively. Recipients will be notified by postal or electronic email.