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Freshman scholarships for in-state students

Fall 2019 awards

Please review the scholarships below to help determine your eligibility for individual awards. Many awards require only the successful submission of the combined application for admission and scholarships by the Nov. 1 priority deadline for full consideration, though some do require additional supplemental information and/or interviews. Additionally, please make sure you're aware of the general freshman scholarship renewal requirements that apply to all renewable awards.

Please note that meeting the eligibility requirements for a scholarship does not guarantee an award, as all award amounts and criteria are pending availability of funds and are subject to change.

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Academic merit scholarships

The scholarships below are awarded based on academic merit. High school GPA and ACT/SAT scores anchor the eligibility requirements.

AwardTotal ValueAnnual ValueEligibility
University Scholar Award$20,000 renewable scholarship over four years.
  • $5,000 for freshman year

  • $5,000 per year renewable for up to three additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA

Students are eligible with a minimum 32 ACT OR 1450 SAT AND 3.85 high school GPA.

Students are also eligible if they are National Merit semifinalists/finalists and/or National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholarship Program semifinalists/finalists.

Foundation Plus Scholarship$14,500 renewable scholarship over four years.
  • $4,750 for freshmen year

  • $3,250 per year renewable for up to three additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA
Students are eligible with a minimum 30-31 ACT OR 1390-1440 SAT AND 3.6 high school GPA.
Foundation Scholarship$13,000 renewable scholarship over four years.
  • $3,250 for freshman year

  • $3,250 per year renewable for up to three additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA
Students are eligible with a 29 ACT OR 1350 SAT AND 3.6 high school GPA.
Fairchild Award$4,000 renewable scholarship over four years.
  • $1,000 for freshman year

  • $1,000 per year renewable for up to three additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA

Students are eligible with a 26-28 ACT OR 1240-1340 SAT AND 3.75 high school GPA.

First In Class GuaranteeNot a separate scholarship, only a guarantee of a certain amount of scholarship assistance (either $2,000 or $4,000 for one year) from K-State. This award can be any combination of university, departmental, or college-level scholarships.  
  • If 25 or above ACT OR 1200 or above SAT AND ranked #1 in high school class, guaranteed a minimum of $4,000 in K-State scholarship assistance.

  • If 24 or below ACT OR 1160 or below SAT AND ranked #1 in high school class, guaranteed a minimum of $2,000 in K-State scholarship assistance.

Leadership and involvement scholarships

The scholarships below are awarded based on a combination of academic merit and leadership and/or involvement in high school, church and community.

AwardTotal ValueAnnual ValueEligibility
Leadership Scholarship$8,500 renewable scholarship over four years.$4,000 for freshman year, $1,500 per year renewable for up to three additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA. General renewal requirements also apply.Students are eligible with a minimum 26 ACT OR 1240 SAT AND strong leadership in high school, church and community.
Medallion Scholarship$5,000 renewable scholarship over four years.$2,000 for freshman year, $1,000 per year renewable for up to three additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA. General renewal requirements also apply.Students are eligible with a minimum 26 ACT OR 1240 SAT, 3.6 high school GPA, and strong involvement in high school, church and community activities.
Achievement Award$5,500 renewable scholarship over four years.$2,500 for freshman year, $1,000 per year renewable for up to three additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA. General renewal requirements also apply.Students are eligible with a minimum 23 ACT OR 1130 SAT and strong leadership in high school, church and community activities
Activity Scholarship$1,500 one-year award.$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.

Competitive scholarships

Competitive scholarship awardees are selected by committees who review additional supplemental application materials and/or administer a selective interview process.

AwardDescriptionValueEligibility

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.

Please note that this prestigious scholarship replaces any other university award.

 
Total value

$80,000

Freshman year award

$20,000

Renewable

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

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.

To view the complete eligibility qualifications and application requirements, please visit the Presidential Scholarship.

Distinguished University
Scholar Award

Students who have earned the University Scholar Award may be eligible to upgrade their scholarship to this distinguished award with the completion of supplemental application materials and selection by the awarding committee.

 
Total value

$30,000

Freshman year award

$7,500

Renewable

$7,500 per year renewable for up to three additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA. General renewal requirements also apply.

Students are eligible with a minimum 32 ACT OR 1450 SAT AND 3.85 high school GPA, meeting the requirements of the academic merit University Scholar Award.

This competitive scholarship considers activities, honors and leadership as provided on the combined admission and scholarship application for the selection process.

Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship

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.

 
Total value

$20,000

Freshman year award

$5,000

Renewable

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

To view the complete eligibility qualifications and application requirements, please visit the Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership 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.

To view the complete eligibility qualifications and application requirements, please visit the Nancy Landon Kassebaum Scholarship.

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.

Meet previous winners

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

 
Freshman year award
  • 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.

To view the complete eligibility qualifications and application requirements, please visit the Civic Leadership Scholarship.

 

Supplemental awards

These awards can be stacked onto other award categories.

AwardDescriptionValueEligibility
International Baccalaureate and AP CapstoneStudents who complete an International Baccalaureate or AP Capstone diploma upon graduation may be eligible for consideration. Additional $1,000 scholarship award.

Students are eligible for consideration with proof of completion of an International Baccalaureate or AP Capstone diploma upon graduation.

Provide diploma documentation to Student Financial Assistance at finaid@k-state.edu.

Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science

Students who participate in the 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.

$1,000 for freshman year (nonrenewable).

Participation in the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science

Alumni and legacy scholarships

These are awards offered through K-State alumni clubs and programs, as well as an award specifically for students who have an eligible family member who is a K-State Alumni Association member.

AwardDescription
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 CannonBallThe Wabash CannonBall Kansas City Scholarship provides scholarships for Kansas City-area high school seniors who plan to attend Kansas State University.
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. Legacy Scholarships are funded through the K-State License Plate Program.

College and departmental awards

Many academic colleges and departments also offer several unique scholarship awards.

Award typesDescription

Academic college and departmental scholarships

Make sure to ask your academic department(s) of interest about the scholarships they offer, as well as the scholarships offered by your academic college.

  

Fall 2020 awards and beyond

Please check back in spring 2019 for the most up-to-date scholarship information.