Since the primary 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 primary 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. Only those bowlers who are chosen to be on the overall team roster are eligible to apply for spring semester 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. Scholarship recipients with in-state residency are awarded either $750 or $1,000 each semester based upon that recipient's designation as a ‘dependent’ (student-athletes from the local area) or ‘independent’ (in-state student-athletes attending WSU from outside the local area) student. Recipients with out-of-state residency are awarded either $700, $1,400, $2,100, or $2,800 based upon the coaching staff’s perceptions of the athlete’s bowling skills, skill development, and budgetary constraints. Scholarship money is automatically applied toward tuition and fees expense. 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 a 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 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. Supplies and some books may not be covered on the plan (i.e., a workbook that is a supplemental text that features tear-out pages for assignments). 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 $500 or more in savings per semester.
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 25 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?
In-state scholarship recipients are awarded:
$750.00 and above
Out-of-state scholarship recipients are awarded:
$700.00 and above
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 $100,000 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:
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 no. 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. However, if an entering freshman displays a high skill level, they will be considered for scholarship support.
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.