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Scholarships

Paying for College at K-StateEarn part of the $21 million K-State awards each year in scholarships. They're awarded based on academics, activities, service and financial need.

Students are awarded only one academic or leadership scholarship, where the highest eligible dollar amount is given. Supplemental awards can increase these awards, but the prestigious Presidential Scholarship replaces any other award.

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To apply for the scholarships below, complete the combined admission and scholarship application by the priority deadlines and submit any additional applications requested.

Freshmen scholarships
  • Freshmen in-state
    • Academic
      • Putnam Scholarship

        $36,000 renewable scholarship over four years. Students are eligible with a minimum 32 ACT (1400 SAT CR+M) and 3.85 high school GPA, (includes National Merit semifinalists/finalists and National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholarship Program semifinalists/finalists). $9,000 per year renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA.

      • Foundation Plus Scholarship

        $12,250 renewable scholarship over four years. Students are eligible with a minimum 30 or 31 ACT (1330 – 1390 SAT CR+M) and 3.6 high school GPA. $4,750 for freshmen year, $2,500 per year renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA.

      • Foundation Scholarship

        $10,750 renewable scholarship over four years. Students are eligible with a 29 ACT (1290 SAT CR+M) and 3.6 high school GPA. $3,250 for freshman year, $2,500 per year renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA.

      • First In Class Guarantee

        Not a separate scholarship, only a guarantee of a certain amount of scholarship assistance from K-State (any combination of general university, departmental, or college level scholarships).

        • If 25 ACT (1130 SAT CR+M) or above and ranked #1 in high school class, guaranteed a minimum of $4,000 in K-State scholarship assistance.
        • If 24 ACT (1090 SAT CR+M) or below and ranked #1 in high school class, guaranteed a minimum of $2,000 in K-State scholarship assistance.
      • Fairchild Award

        $4,000 renewable scholarship over four years. Students are eligible with a 26-28 ACT (1170-1280 SAT CR+M) and 3.75 high school GPA. $1,000 for freshman year, $1,000 per year renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA.

    • Leadership
      • Leadership Scholarship

        $8,500 renewable scholarship over four years. Students are eligible with a minimum 26 ACT (1170 SAT CR+M), and strong leadership in high school, church and community. $4,000 for freshman year, $1,500 per year renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA.

      • Medallion Scholarship

        $5,000 renewable scholarship over four years. Students are eligible with a minimum 26 ACT (1170 SAT CR+M), 3.6 high school GPA, and strong involvement in high school, church and community activities. $2,000 for freshman year, $1,000 per year renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA.

      • Achievement Award

        $5,500 renewable scholarship over four years. Students are eligible with a minimum 23 ACT (1050 SAT CR+M), and strong leadership in high school, church and community activities. $2,500 for freshman year, $1,000 per year renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA.

      • Activity Scholarship

        $1,500 for freshman year. Students are eligible with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and strong leadership in high school, church and community activities.

    • Selective interview
      • 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 CR+M score: 1400 or above) 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 2015 and
        • Participate in an on-campus interview and recognition event on Monday, January 26, 2015
        Renewable

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

        Apply
      • 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.

        Scholarship winners will be selected from those accepted into the Developing Scholars Program. Through Developing Scholars, you will be matched with an academic mentor and be asked to work 10 hours per week doing research for which you will be paid (see additional earnings below). This scholarship is an addition to any other academic or leadership scholarship for which you qualify.

        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 law, public policy, education, journalism, business and ministry. 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

        $3,000

        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
        • Preference will be given to students of color and first-generation college students of any racial or ethnic background
        • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or Kansas high school graduate and
        • Attend K-State in fall 2015 or spring 2016 and
        • Apply for acceptance to the Developing Scholars Program and
        • Participate in leadership studies
        Renewable

        Renewable for up to three additional years at $3,000 with a K-State GPA of 3.0 or above.

        Apply
        Meet previous winners

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

        Learn more about this scholarship
      • 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 CR+M score: 1170 or above) 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 2015 and
        • Participate in an on-campus interview and recognition event on Monday, January 26, 2015
        Apply
      • Civic Leadership Scholarship

        This scholarship is made possible by Kansas Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services.

        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
        Ranking Award 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 2015 and
        • Participate in an on-campus interview and recognition event on Thursday, January 22, 2015
        Apply
        Meet previous winners

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

    • Supplemental
      • International Baccalaureate

        If you complete an International Baccalaureate 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.

      • Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science

        Students who participate in Fort Hays State University's Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science are eligible for a one-time supplemental scholarship in addition to any academic or leadership award. Be sure to indicate your involvement at the Academy of Mathematics and Science on the K-State Scholarship application.

        Freshman year award

        $1,000 (nonrenewable)

        Qualifications
        • Participation in the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science
    • Alumni
      • 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