The following list contains questions often asked regarding scholarships and fellowships awarded by the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Additional questions may be directed to the LAS Scholarship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: The scholarship statement is your chance to tell the scholarship committee about you and why you would be a good investment for the college. Use specific examples with a tight focus and a clear voice as opposed to vague generalities and common clichés. It is also expected that proper grammar, punctuation and syntax be used when composing your scholarship statement. Some other DOs and DON'Ts are -- DO: Concentrate on one theme, keep a tight focus, be unique, start by grabbing attention, read and follow directions, answer all questions, show rather than tell, give specific examples, show your personality, be straightforward and confident, show your strengths, have someone else look it over; DON’T: Appear too scattered, start with “I was born”, make it a sob story, make it a resume, repeat your activities list, be general, use clichés or chronological lists and histories, use humor unless confident of response, focus too much on other people unless they were a big influence in your degree choice/career path, forget to proofread.
A: Yes, all scholarship and fellowship recipients are expected to re-apply each year in order to remain eligible for renewable awards. Re-application ensures that we have your up-to-date information and helps the scholarship committee easily determine if you are still eligible for specific LAS scholarships. Re-application does not guarantee that your current award(s) will be renewed; that determination is still based on continued compliance with scholarship requirements.
A: Most likely, no. Current students and new students, who have already submitted copies of their high school and/or other college and university transcripts to WSU, do not need to submit a transcript when applying for LAS scholarships and fellowships. If you are a new student and have not submitted a copy of your transcripts to the university, you need to have these sent to the Office of Admissions.
A: No, by submitting the LAS Scholarship/Fellowship Application, you will be applying for all scholarships or fellowships offered by LAS for which you meet all the requirements.
A: No, one application per student each academic year is all that's needed. If a student is not awarded a scholarship during the initial awarding process, the application will be kept and considered if any awards re-open.
A: The Financial Information portion of the application is optional. However, if an applicant wishes to be considered for a scholarship or fellowship that is awarded with regard to financial need, the financial information section on the LAS Scholarship Application must be completed and a FAFSA must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.
A: Yes, up to October 1st. Please fill out the LAS scholarship application for the appropriate academic year. Late applications will be held and considered for scholarships that must be re-awarded and for which the applicant is eligible. The Office of Financial Aid does not accept applications after the deadline. Outside scholarships will not usually accept late applications; be sure to check the deadlines listed on outside scholarship forms as they often have a deadline earlier than February 1st.
A: Letters of recommendation should be written in a typical business letter format, no longer than one page, with a greeting of "Dear Scholarship Committee" or "To Whom It May Concern". Letters should address your worthiness as a possible scholarship recipient including supporting information regarding your academic accomplishments, work ethic, character and so on.
A: Letters of recommendation should come from individuals who know you and your academic work well, preferably from an instructor. An employer, community leader, or religious leader would also be suitable writers; a family member is not an appropriate reference.
A: Yes, letters of recommendation may be submitted separately. Students should not wait to submit their application because they are waiting on letters of recommendation. It is in a student's best interest to submit the application as early as possible, with or without letters of recommendation. Letter authors should send their letters via email, in which case students certainly don't want to postpone submitting their applications. Letters can always be attached to the appropriate application by the Scholarship Coordinator later.
A: While email is preferred, letters of recommendation may also be submitted via the U.S. mail to Scholarship Coordinator, Office of the Dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita KS 67260-0005; or hand-delivered to the LAS Dean’s Office, Lindquist Hall 200.
A: The scholarship committees meet to decide awards during February and March of each spring semester, so generally recipients will be notified during the month of April about their award(s) for the following academic year.
A: Once all recipients have been chosen, we will send an email to our applicants notifying them that scholarship and fellowship decisions have been made.
A: The main reason a student may not be awarded a scholarship is limited funds. At this time, there are not enough scholarship funds to make awards to each student who applies. Other common reasons are low GPA, ineligibility based on guidelines, or an incomplete application.
A: All scholarships and fellowships will be automatically applied to any tuition and fees and/or remaining balance on your financial aid account. If there are any funds left over after this balance is paid, recipients will receive this money in one of two ways. Recipients with direct deposit from the university will see extra funds credited to their corresponding bank account. Students without direct deposit will receive a check from Accounts Recievable for the amount of the remaining funds. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION ARE ACCURATE AND UP-TO-DATE! Inaccurate contact information may result in a delay in the disbursement of these funds.
A: In order to accept your scholarship you need to go to www.wichita.edu/las/acceptanceform (NOT myWSU) to complete the LAS Student Acceptance Form. When scholarship awards are entered on the system, they are automatically "accepted" to prevent any problems with disbursement during fee payment each semester; especially for scholarship awards that may be entered later than normal. So, the LAS College requires our recipients to complete a separate acceptance form as a way to be sure of a student's acceptance and to make students aware of their responsibilities as a scholarship recipient.
A: It is occasionally possible for a recipient to receive their full award in one semester. However, this depends on factors such as fund guidelines, the size of the award, and the awarding department's preference. Students in this situation must contact the LAS Scholarship Coordinator at 316-978-6659 to make arrangements.
A: All continuing students should apply using the application(s) on this site. You may also want to view the Financial Aid website for more information on other WSU organizational and outside scholarship opportunities.
A: In general, we do not offer scholarships for the summer sessions. Any LAS scholarships offered in the summer are usually only for specific summer programs.