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Freshman scholarships for domestic, out-of-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.

Scholarship Program Update

The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which was previously available only for select academic programs, is now applicable to all majors of study at K-State for eligible students entering in fall 2019.

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.

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AwardTotal ValueAnnual ValueEligibility
Purple and White Scholarship for non-Kansas residents $48,000 renewable four-year scholarship.Eligible students receive $12,000 per year. Renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 K-State GPA. General renewal requirements also apply.Awarded to out-of-state graduating seniors with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and 24 ACT OR 1160 SAT.
Denison Award for non-Kansas residents$32,000 renewable four-year scholarship. Eligible students receive $8,000 per year. Renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 GPA at K-State. General renewal requirements also apply.

Awarded to out-of-state graduating seniors in one of the following two achievement brackets:

  1. minimum 3.4 high school GPA and minimum 24 ACT OR 1160 SAT,

    OR


  2. minimum 3.5 high school GPA and 20-23 ACT OR 1020-1150 SAT. 
Inspiration Award for non-Kansas residents$24,000 renewable four-year scholarship.Eligible students receive $6,000 per year. Renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 GPA at K-State. General renewal requirements also apply.

Awarded to out-of-state graduating seniors in one of the following two achievement brackets:

  1. 3.2-3.49 high school GPA and 22-23 ACT OR 1100-1150 SAT,

    OR

  2. 3.2-3.39 high school GPA with a minimum 24 ACT OR 1160 SAT. 
Recognition Award for non-Kansas residents$16,000 renewable four-year scholarship.Eligible students receive $4,000 per year. Renewable for up to 3 additional years with a 3.5 GPA at K-State. General renewal requirements also apply.

Awarded to out-of-state graduating seniors in one of the following two achievement brackets:

  • 3.1-3.49 high school GPA and 20-21 ACT OR 1020-1090 SAT,

    OR

  • minimum 3.1 high school GPA with a minimum 22 ACT OR 1100 SAT.

 

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, including the Missouri reciprocal or Midwest Student Exchange Program.

Total value

$80,000

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.

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.

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

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.

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 award

This award can be stacked onto other award categories.

AwardDescriptionAnnual ValueEligibility
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.

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 graduated from K-State.

AwardTotal ValueAnnual ValueEligibility
Heritage Scholarship for non-Kansas residents

$48,000 renewable four-year scholarship.

Eligible students receive $12,000 per year.

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. 
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 provides scholarships for high school seniors, who plan to attend K-State. Must be a high school senior from the following areas:

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.

 
 

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Students eligible for the Midwest Student Exchange Program pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition. 

AwardDescriptionValueEligibility
Midwest Student Exchange Program

The Midwest Student Exchange (MSEP) is for residents of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio or Wisconsin. More information is available on the MSEP website.

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.

Renewable
  • 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).

Awarded to students with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and 24 ACT OR 1160 SAT in eligible states.

Missouri Reciprocal

Qualified Missouri residents have access to in-state tuition and fee rates through this agreement.

AwardDescriptionValueEligibility
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 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.