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OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID - SCHOLARSHIPS

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to the Wichita State University Merit Scholarship program, Wichita State has number of additional scholarship opportunities.  You can learn more about the requirements and deadlines for each of these scholarships by clicking their names below.

» Scholarships for incoming students only
» Scholarships for both incoming and current WSU students
» Scholarships for current WSU students only


For incoming students only

Distinguished Scholarship Invitational
A variety of scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen DSI participants, including two $60,000 Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships - two 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. 

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. To qualify, applicants must be attending Wichita State University in the fall of 2016 and complete and return the enclosed application, along with a copy of their official high school transcript by June 31, 2016.

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 incoming and current WSU 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 Jan. 1 of the year the recipient receives the scholarship.

Kurt Budke Scholarship Application

The Kurt Budke Scholarship Foundation 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.

WSU University Support Staff (USS) & The USS Senate Shocker Employee and Dependent Scholarship
The Shocker Employee and Dependent Scholarship is granted to current WSU employees, spouses or dependents of WSU employees. The scholarship is open to both incoming and current WSU students.

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 WSU 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.

Budke Scholarship
The Kurt Budke Scholarship Foundation 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.

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.  Eligibility includes:

1. United States of America citizen or permanent resident status
2. Students enrolled at Wichita State University on a full-time basis
3. Students with at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average
4. Students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours prior to submission of an application

For more information, contact Larry Ramos at 316-978-6753 or at larry.ramos@wichita.edu.

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
Applications are now being accepted for the James B. Pearson Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. 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.

Deadline: April 17, 2017

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.

Zachary W. Mesch Legacy Scholarship
This scholarship was created in memory of SigEp member Zach Mesch who passed away from Leukemia in 2010. Afterwards, his family and friends started Zach's Wishes for Miracles, which funds a college age student with cancer an experience to bring a little light to such a dark time. They are also able to fund two scholarships: one for a SigEp member and one for a general Wichita State student. This particular scholarship is meant for a Sigma Phi Epsilon outstanding male student who is living out the legacy that Zach left behind. Through service, leadership and unconditional brotherly love, Zach left behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. Deadline: May 5th, 2017