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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.

Freshman year award

$5,000 (fall 2016 class)


Renewable for up to three additional years at $5,000 (fall 2016 class) with a K-State GPA of 3.25 or above.

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 maximum of $7,000 in additional earnings.

  • High school GPA: 3.5 or above and
  • Have a strong record of community service 
  • 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 2016 or spring 2017 and
  • Apply for acceptance to the Developing Scholars Program and
  • Participate in leadership studies
Previous recipients

Leader Spotlights

Noe Nunez, senior in Chemical Engineering, recently received an Extraordinary Student Award for his resilience and accomplishments.

Sahiba Grover, sophomore in Biochemistry, was recently selected as a member of Silver Key, a sophomore honor society. 

Michael Zuniga, senior in Biology, was recently selected as a member of Mortar Board, a senior honor society, and elected as President.

Yubisela Toledo, Spring 2017 graduate in Biology, received numerous awards in her final semester including the Commerce Bank Presidential Student Award for Distinguished Service in Enhancing Multiculturalism at K-State, a Robinson Family Multicultural Leadership award, and a Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

Navanté Peacock, Spring 2017 graduate in Psychology/Anthropology, received the K-State Award for Distinguished Undergraduate in Research and he was the winner of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Undergraduate Student Poster Award. He was recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Alumni Spotlight

Derrik Wiggins (Summer 2012)

Wiggins was the first graduate of the Edgerley-Franklin program. After graduating from K-State with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Japanese, Wiggins entered the Teach for America program where he served as a 3rd grade English and Science teacher for two years at Carver Dual Language school in Kansas City. He also earned a Master's degree in Elementary Education in August 2015 and is taking courses to learn Spanish so he can better communicate with his students and their families. While he is finished with Teach for America, Wiggins continues to teach English and Science at Carver Dual Language school. Wiggins was recently honored as the KCMO School District Teacher of the Year! Read more.