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Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship


Read about the Scholars' recent trip to Boston.

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 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

$5,000 (fall 2016 class)


Renewable for up to three additional years at $5,000 (fall 2016 class) with a K-State GPA of 3.0 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 total 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 winners
Learn more about this scholarship

Leader Spotlights

Jonathan Bernard, senior in Biology, received the 2015 Anderson Senior Award for Outstanding Service. This is a campus-wide award given annually to one K-State student who has given time and energy to community and/or campus service projects. Jonathan will be attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the fall. 

Navanté Peacock, sophomore in Psychology/Anthropology, received a Dudley Williams Sophomore Book Prize, awarded annually by the Beta of Kansas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to two or three outstanding sophomores. The organization seeks to "recognize sophomores whose transcripts reflect not only excellence but also intellectual curiosity and diverse academic interests."

Michael Zuniga, freshman in Biology, was recently published as a contributing author on a research article published in the Pharmaceuticals journal. His research mentor is Dr. Mark Weiss. 

E-F Newsletter 2015