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Tradition. Family. The #WildcatWay

Becoming a part of the K-State family and achieving your educational goals is now more accessible than ever. Earn your piece of the $36 million scholarship pie awarded annually to K-State students.

High school seniors and transfers

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Nonresident scholarship opportunities

Explore our out-of-state scholarship opportunities below. Additionally, you could be eligible for a $3,000 housing scholarship that when combined with academic awards can reduce your cost of attendance to that of an in-state resident!

Academic
Purple and White Scholarship for non-Kansas residents

$48,000 renewable four-year scholarship. Awarded to out-of-state graduating seniors with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and 24 ACT (1160 SAT, taken March 2016 or after). Eligible students receive $12,000 per year. Renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA.

Denison Award for non-Kansas residents

$32,000 renewable four-year scholarship. Awarded to out-of-state graduating seniors with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and an ACT of 21-23 (1060-1150 SAT, taken March 2016 or after). Eligible students receive $8,000 per year. Renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 GPA at K-State.

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Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship, the largest and most selective scholarship award made by Kansas State University, recognizes students who have been truly outstanding, both academically and as student leaders, during their high school career. Two Presidential Scholarships are awarded each year.

This award seeks to attract top students who demonstrate the potential to make exceptionally strong contributions to the K-State student body, both in the classroom and in the extracurricular life of the campus.

Finalists will be selected by a committee of campus and community leaders and are required to participate in an on-campus interview. The interview and recognition event will include a luncheon and other special activities. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend.

Freshman year award

$20,000

Other benefits

Recipients have the opportunity to work with our Assistant Dean for Prestigious Scholarships to apply for the Truman Scholarship and additional prestigious scholarships.

Qualifications
  • ACT score: 32 or above (SAT ERW+M score: 1450 or above if taken after March 2016 OR SAT CR+M score: 1400 or above if taken before March 2016) and
  • High school GPA: 3.85 or above and
  • Display extraordinary leadership and
  • Be a high school senior and
  • Be admitted to K-State and
  • Attend K-State in Fall 2018 and
  • Participate in an on-campus interview and recognition event on Monday, January 22, 2018. 
Renewable

Renewable for up to three additional years at $20,000 with a K-State GPA of 3.5 or above.

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Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship and Developing Scholars Program

The Edgerley and Franklin families support this scholarship to promote future engagement with the challenges facing urban communities and families. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in addressing these challenges. Up to five students receive this award annually.

The Urban Leadership Scholars Program seeks to shape the next generation of great American urban leaders. Urban Leadership Scholars will have the knowledge to make sound judgments, the character to flourish under the pressures of leadership, and the vision to bring new solutions to our nation's most pressing urban needs. They will influence and inspire future generations to value education, hard work, and achieve academic and career success.

The Urban Leadership Scholars Program is not a typical scholarship competition. In addition to a monetary award, scholars will have access to academic and social experiences to encourage successful careers in any field offered at K-State. Scholars will be inspired to become exemplary citizens for life who will shape all aspects of American urban society.

Finalists will be selected by a committee of campus and community leaders and are required to participate in an on-campus interview. The interview and recognition event will include a luncheon and other special activities. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend.

Freshman year award

$5,000

Other benefits

Developing Scholars are paid to do 10 hours of research per week. Research hours allow students to earn $1,000 per semester in their first year and $1,250 per semester in their second and third years for a total of $7,000 in additional earnings.

Qualifications
  • High school GPA: 3.5 or above and
  • Have a strong record of community service and
  • Be a high school senior
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or Kansas high school graduate and
  • Attend K-State in fall 2018 and
  • Apply for acceptance to the Developing Scholars Program and
  • Participate in leadership studies and 
  • Participate in an on-campus interview and recognition event on Monday, March 12, 2018.
  • Low-income, first generation students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply
Renewable

Renewable for up to three additional years at $5,000 with a K-State GPA of 3.25 or above.

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To learn more about the scholarship, program components and meet students who have excelled in this prestigious competition, visit our Developing Scholars Program page.
Nancy Landon Kassebaum Scholarship

The Kassebaum Scholarship is named in honor of Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, who served the state of Kansas in the U.S. Senate from 1978-1997. To honor her long and respected career in the public sector, the Kassebaum Scholarship seeks to recognize students who aspire to careers in public service. Up to five students receive this award annually.

For the purpose of this award, we define careers in public service as professional work for nonprofit organizations and/or for government at any level. This award seeks to attract outstanding students, regardless of major, whose academic and extracurricular achievements reflect the potential for and desire to make a difference through energetic leadership in the public service arena.

Finalists will be selected by a committee of campus and community leaders and are required to participate in an on-campus interview. The interview and recognition event will include a luncheon and other special activities. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend.

Freshman year award

$5,000 (nonrenewable)

Other benefits

Recipients have the opportunity to work with our assistant dean for prestigious scholarships to apply for the Truman Scholarship and additional prestigious scholarships.

Qualifications
  • ACT score: 26 or above (SAT ERW+M score: 1240 or above if taken after March 2016 OR SAT CR+M score: 1170 or above if taken before March 2016) and
  • Have a minimum 3.6 High School GPA weighted or unweighted and
  • Demonstrate commitment to public service and
  • Have a strong desire to continue work in the public service realm and
  • Be a high school senior and
  • Be admitted to K-State and
  • Attend K-State in fall 2018 and
  • Participate in an on-campus interview and recognition event on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. 
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Civic Leadership Scholarship

The objective for the K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship competition is to identify and reward exceptional high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others in their community, school or place of worship.

This competition rewards students who are making a difference and demonstrating creativity by developing projects and programs with a lasting impact on those they serve.

Finalists will be selected by a committee of campus and community leaders and must participate in an on-campus interview and recognition event. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend.

Freshman year award
Award amounts for Civic Leadership Scholarship winners
RankingAward Amount
First place:$4,000
Second place:$2,500
Third place:$2,000
Other benefits

Recipients have the opportunity to participate in civic leadership activities and Introduction to Leadership Concepts class.

Qualifications
  • Have an exemplary record of community service and
  • Be a high school senior and
  • Be admitted to K-State and
  • Attend K-State in fall 2018 and
  • Participate in an on-campus interview and recognition event on Thursday, January 25, 2018. 
Apply
Meet previous winners

Learn about students who have excelled in this prestigious scholarship competition.

Supplemental
International Baccalaureate and AP Capstone

If you complete an International Baccalaureate or AP Capstone diploma upon graduation, you may be eligible for an additional $1,000 scholarship award. Provide diploma documentation to Student Financial Assistance at finaid@k-state.edu.

Alumni
Heritage Scholarship for non-Kansas residents

$48,000 renewable four-year scholarship. One parent or grandparent (biological or adopted) must have graduated from K-State. Awarded to out-of-state graduating seniors with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Eligible students receive $12,000 per year. Students earning a 3.5 or higher K-State GPA renew at $12,000 per year for up to 3 additional years. Student earning a 3.0-3.49 K-State GPA renew at $8,000 per year for up to 3 additional years. 

Alumni Association Club

Regional alumni clubs and Catbacker clubs offer many scholarships. Scholarship money raised by alumni clubs and Catbacker clubs is supplemented with contributions from the Alumni Association and the Col. Gayle Foster Scholarship fund.

Alumni Association Wabash CannonBall

The Wabash CannonBall Scholarship is an option for Kansas City-area students. Twenty-five scholarships will be announced this spring.

Freshman year award

Half of the scholarship monies ($1,250) at the start of each semester with the requirement to maintain a 3.0 GPA to qualify to earn the second half ($1,250) your second semester.

Qualifications
  • High school GPA: 3.25 or above and
  • Be a high school senior living in the greater Kansas City area (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas; Jackson, Cass, Clay and Platte counties in Missouri) and
  • Be admitted to K-State and
  • Enroll in 12 or more credit hours per semester
Renewable

Recipients have the opportunity to apply for renewal of this scholarship for up to three additional years.

Apply

Complete the supplemental Wabash application in addition to the K-State scholarship application

  • Applications due by Dec. 1.
Alumni Association Legacy

For students whose parent, step-parent, grandparent or legal guardian is a K-State graduate, the university scholarship committee awards a limited number of Alumni Association Legacy Scholarships. Preference is given to students who have an eligible family member who is an Alumni Association member.

Freshman year award

$1,000 (nonrenewable)

Qualifications
  • Not applicable to summer school
  • Have a parent, step-parent, grandparent or legal guardian who is an graduate
  • Preference given to students whose qualified parent, step-parent, grandparent or legal guardian is an active, dues-paying annual or life member of the Alumni Association
  • High school GPA: 3.0 or above and
  • Be admitted to K-State
Midwest Student Exchange

The Midwest Student Exchange is for residents of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio or Wisconsin. Awarded to students with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and 24 ACT (1160 SAT), and enrolled in one of the qualifying curricula. Eligible students pay 150% of in-state tuition. Students earning the Midwest Student Exchange are eligible for an additional award of $2,500 per year, making the total award approximately $12,000 per year. Students earning a 3.5 or higher K-State GPA renew both the Midwest Student Exchange Award (paying 150% of in-state tuition) and the $2,500 per year award. Students earning a 3.0-3.49 K-State GPA renew only the Midwest Student Exchange portion of the award (paying 150% of in-state tuition).

Eligible curricula include:

  • agribusiness
  • agricultural communications and journalism
  • agricultural economics
  • agricultural technology management
  • agricultural education
  • agronomy
  • animal science and industry
  • architecture
  • bakery science
  • biological systems engineering
  • construction science and management
  • feed science
  • food science and industry
  • horticulture
  • horticulture therapy
  • industrial engineering
  • interior architecture and product design
  • landscape architecture
  • architectural engineering
  • mechanical engineering (nuclear engineering concentration)
  • milling science
  • nutrition and kinesiology
  • park management and conservation
  • regional and community planning
Missouri Reciprocal

Awarded to students who are Missouri residents and are enrolled in one of the eligible curricula. Qualified students will be charged Kansas resident tuition and fees. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Eligible curricula include:

  • architectural engineering
  • architecture
  • interior architecture and product design
  • landscape architecture
College and departmental

In February the General Scholarship Committee forwards all names to colleges and departments for additional scholarship consideration. If you did not meet the scholarship priority deadline, be sure to apply before the Feb. 1 deadline to make this list.

Apply for fine arts scholarships in art, dance, music and theatre.

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Traveling to K-State

K-State is located in Manhattan, KS, which is:

  • 2 hours from Kansas City
  • 2 hours from Wichita
  • 2 hours from Lincoln, NE
  • 6 hours from St. Louis, MO
  • 8 hours from Denver, CO
  • 8 hours from Dallas, TX
  • 10 hours from Chicago, IL
Airports
  • Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) is 5 minutes from campus by car, and direct flights to MHK from Dallas and Chicago are available.
  • Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is 2 hours away by car.
  • Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport (ICT) is also 2 hours away by car.

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