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Scholarship Information

  1. Scholarship Eligibility
  2. Scholarship Availability
  3. Common Scholarship Questions
  4. Scholarship Application (PDF File)

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY

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.

REGULATIONS FOR ADMINISTRATION

I. Scholarships are offered on a semester basis.

  1. All scholarship applicants must have a scholarship application on file.  Applications are available in the Shocker Bowling Program Office.
  2. Non-scholarship, actively participating applicants (with a scholarship application on file) need only fill out a scholarship renewal sheet to reapply each semester for scholarship aid. Renewal sheets are available in the Bowling Program Office.
  3. Both new applicants and non-scholarship, actively participating applicants must have the appropriate paperwork back to the Bowling Program Office or postmarked by May 1 or December 1 of each calendar year in order to be considered for the fall and spring semesters of the next academic year, respectively.
  4. Unless they are dropped from the scholarship program, current bowling scholarship recipients will not need to submit paperwork each semester.  Recipients will automatically be considered for scholarship aid, unless they express a desire to not be considered.
  5. Each scholarship recipient, prior to receiving assistance must read and sign a binding scholarship contract.  By signing this document, the recipient agrees to know and abide by all policies and procedures of the scholarship program.

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.


SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABILITY

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.


COMMON SCHOLARSHIP QUESTIONS

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?

  • In short, these are skills needed to compete at the collegiate level and beyond. The following list (although not complete or detailed) provides a few examples:
  • Lane Play
  • Complete control of:  laydown (board 1 to 39), target area (15 ft., board 1 to 30) and break point; controlled lofting; ball placement (at pindeck, board 1 to 39).
  • Ball Dynamics
  • Ability to recognize crosswise and lengthwise lane conditioner pattern(s) and lane surface characteristics so as to quickly match a bowling ball to a lane - this is accomplished by working with a 5 to 8 ball set, designed with different surfaces, and imbalances.
  • Team Play
  • Teammate communication (quality vs. quantity), conflict resolution skills, social support skills, role playing skills, goal planning and implementation skills.
  • Sports Psychology
  • Demonstrable skills in mental practice and rivaling the time commitment of physical practice. These include stress management skills, psychic energy management skills, attention skills, imagery/visualization skills, self-confidence and goal setting skills. Detailed written plans, which include personal precompetition plans, event focus plans, and event re-focusing plans.
  • Desire to Improve/Learn
  • Work Ethic/Commitment
  • Loyalty

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
Enthusiasm                                                      Prioritization
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 and carries a $380.00 per semester award.
  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 and carries a $2,390.00 per semester award.
  3. The Skip Wilson Scholarship is given to an in-state resident with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and carries a $250.00 per semester award.
  4. The Robert Harris Scholarship is given to an out-of-state student-athlete with a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA and carries a $480.00 per semester award.
  5. The Patricia Lewis Scholarship is given to an in-state or out-of-state student. The scholarship carries a $305.00 per semester award.
  6. The Gordon and Cindy Vadakin Honorary Scholarship is given to an in-state or out-of-state student and carries a $710.00 per semester award.
  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). Each recipient receives a spring semester scholarship of $1800.00.
  8. 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 and carry a spring semester scholarship of $500.00.
  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. This scholarship awards $500.00 each semester.
  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 and carries a spring semester scholarship of $500.00.
  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 and carries a spring semester scholarship of $500.00.
  12. The Don and Maggie Blecha Scholarship is awarded annually to an in-state or out-of-state student and carries a $1,000.00 award.
  13. The Josh Blanchard Scholarship is awarded annually to an in-state or out-of-state student and carries a $500.00 award.
  14. The Barb Edwards Scholarship is awarded in the spring to an in-state or out-of-state student and carries a $225.00 award.
  15. The WSU Student Government Association/Shocker Bowling Scholarship is awarded in the spring to an in-state or out-of-state student and carries a $365.00 award.
  16. The Walt and Mink DeLozier Memorial Scholarship is given to an in-state or out-of-state student and carries a $345.00 per semester award.
  17. The Jean and Vernon Gensch Scholarship is awarded annually to an in-state or out-of-state student and carries a $500.00 award.
  18. The Chip Aki Scholarship is awarded annually to an in-state or out-of-state student and carries a $250.00 award.


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.

BOOK LOAN POLICIES

  1. Only REQUIRED class textbooks will be covered by the Book Loan scholarship.
  2. Non-returnable workbooks, study guides and some course packets are not covered in the book loan program. Student-athletes will be responsible to pay for these personally.
  3. Athletes can enroll in no more than seventeen (17) credit hours for one semester, and the book loan scholarship will only pay for a maximum of seventeen (17) credit hours per semester. Coach approval is required to exceed this credit hour limit.
  4. Textbooks may be picked up at the RSC Bookstore. Take all of the books required for your classes up to the RSC Bookstore Service Counter. Simply tell the bookstore staff you are a ‘Bowling Scholarship recipient.’
  5. Scholarship recipients must return all of their books (and everything else given to them by the RSC Bookstore) to the bowling office by noon on the last day of finals.  Students will be responsible for payment of those books (or other item(s)) not returned.  Any workbooks that were not paid for initially must be paid for at that time as well.
  6. All scholarship recipients are required to pre-enroll for their following semester's classes as soon as pre-enrollment opens for the next semester.
  7. The Head Coach must be notified immediately in the event a student drops or adds a class.
  8. Textbooks – that were initially required by the class professor – but are not going to be used in the class, must be immediately returned to the bowling office at the beginning of the semester.
  9. Students wishing to keep their textbooks may purchase them at the regular selling price listed on the sales voucher plus tax.
  10. Lost or damaged textbooks must be paid in full for by the scholarship recipient at the regular selling price listed on the sales voucher plus tax.
  11. The Book Loan scholarship is available for the fall and spring semesters only.
  12. The scholarship will be offered on a semester-to-semester basis and both non-scholarship, actively participating applicants and new applicants must complete and return a renewal application by December 1 and May 1 of each year to be considered for the following spring and fall semesters, respectively.  Current bowling scholarship recipients will not need to submit paperwork each semester.  These recipients will be automatically considered for scholarship aid, unless they do not wish to be considered.
  13. All scholarships recipients must read and sign a scholarship contract, binding them to abide by all policies and procedures of the scholarship program.