Undergraduate Scholarships  

College of Education Scholarship Video

The College of Education awards over $500,000 in academic scholarships each year.  

The deadline for this scholarship has been extended for 2015-2016. Please see the information below. One of the College of Education scholarships is the Doris and Ralph Klose Scholarship.  Each year the Klose Scholarship offers a scholarship competition to high school seniors who declare a major in math or science education at Wichita State University.  Winners of the competition receive merit scholarships their freshman and sophomore years. Students who continue to meet the Klose scholarship guidelines during their junior and senior years at WSU will receive the Klose scholarship.  This scholarship covers the average cost of tuition, books and fees, but does not include housing costs. Students may apply and submit their essays electronically by clicking the link in the grey box above. 

The essay should be about why you want to become a teacher and any teaching or related experience. 

The Klose Scholarship Essay Competition application must be completed independently of all other scholarship applications.  This competition includes an interview with the student on campus or; if the student can't come to campus a Skype interview can be set up. If you would like assistance filling out the application contact the Scholarship Coordinator at johny.Buchanan-spachek@wichita.edu to make an appointment.

To be eligible to compete, students must:

  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.50
  • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or a 1090 on the SAT (critical reading and math sections only)
  • Declare a major in a math or science education program

Klose Essay Competition Application and Essay Materials Deadline is Extended to December 15, 2015. Competition Interviews will be January 15, 2016. Winners will be announced January 18, 2016.

Other College of Education Scholarships
The College of Education awards 85 scholarships to an average of 200 students each year. The guidelines differ for each scholarship. Students' qualifications are matched to the appropriate scholarships for final selection of awards.

  • Application
    In order to be considered for College of Education scholarships, go to the link listed below. Only one application is necessary to apply for all scholarships available to students in the College of Education.
  • Priority Deadline 
    Priority dates for submitting an application are Aug. 1 to Feb. 1.
  • How to Apply
    1. Current Students, Incoming Students and Transfer Students
      •  College of Education Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarship .  This will take you to the electronic application.
      • This application includes a one-page, single-spaced personal statement highlighting academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.  Include special interests, short and long range goals and how a scholarship will assist you in achieving academic success.   

For questions or concerns contact: 

Johny Buchanan-Spachek, College of Education Scholarship Coordinator/Alumni Relations Liaison at:

Wichita State University,
1845 Fairmount, Box 131
Wichita, KS 67260-0131
(316) 978-6653

Read about all College of Education Scholarships and Guidelines

Scholarship Donor Biographies
Many outstanding individuals have donated scholarship funds for not only students in the College of Education but other colleges within the university.

 Read Donor Biographies
GIF Image Read about gift from Klose estate


Financial Aid Office - Wichita State University:  
Beginning Fall 2014, high school seniors who are fully admitted to WSU as degree bound students, will automatically be considered for Freshman Merit Scholarships on a "funds available" basis, with information contained in their admission application.  A separate scholarship application is not required.  Awarding begins in October and continues on a monthly awarding cycle as long as funds remain.  It is important to be admitted early to be considered for maximum awards.

 WSU Office of Financial Aid Website

Additional Scholarships


 Student Aid on the Web (http://studentaid.ed.gov/)

Ways to improve your scholarship options:

Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. This may improve your chances for need-based scholarships.


  • Research scholarship options using various venues, including online and through your university or local library
  • Complete all scholarship applications accurately and thoroughly
  • Proofread any required essays for correct grammar and syntax
  • Meet all required deadlines
  • Promptly return acknowledgements of award packages with all requested information.