In 1944, a time when few African-Americans were permitted to attend college, let alone play collegiate sports, Linwood Sexton enrolled at Wichita State University on a full-ride football scholarship offered by maverick football coach, Mel Binford. He was named to the All-Missouri Valley team for three consecutive seasons (1945-47). Despite being barred from playing several away games by the hosting schools, he piled up impressive yardage as a Shocker running back. In his senior year, Sexton finished sixth in the nation with 1,014 total yards. His number, 66, was retired at the end of the season. After graduating, Sexton began his career as a teacher and later joined the Steffens Dairy Foods Co. in Wichita. Sexton worked as public relations director and area sales manager. A tireless advocate for equal opportunity and social justice, he has been honored with numerous awards for his efforts in promoting understanding and respect among people of different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
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.
The scholarship covers tuition and fees up to 15 credit hours per semester, on-campus housing for a double room with an unlimited plan and $300 Shocker Dollars and a $500 stipend per semester for books and will be automatically renewable as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress.
Scholarship Application Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m., CST