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Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

K-State students with documented disabilities are encouraged to apply for Student Access Center (SAC) scholarships.  Educational Opportunity Funds and private scholarship funds support scholarships available through SAC.  These scholarships are not automatically renewed and students are encouraged to apply each year.

How to Apply

1.  Complete and submit an application form each year through the K-State Scholarship Network (KSN).  You MUST check the box that reads “I am a student with a disability.”

2.  Upload an essay to KSN (requirements below).

3.  Submit documentation of your disability to the SAC office (requirements below).

*For assistance with accessing and using KSN, go to https://www.k-state.edu/sfa/aid/scholarships/ksn/.

Deadlines for Scholarship Application and Essay

  • Application is due February 1 for ALL students, including new freshman, transfer, and current students
  • Essay is due March 1 and should be submitted to SAC

Essay Requirements

An essay including the following information is REQUIRED and MUST be submitted by March 1:

  • Describe your disability and how it impacts you
  • Explain any unique circumstances
  • Detail the need for financial assistance
  • Specify your future goals

The essay should be a minimum of 1 page and a maximum of 2 pages in length.  Pages beyond the second page will not be reviewed.  Essays should be submitted to SAC via mail, email, or fax. 

Disability Documentation Requirements

Students currently registered with our office who have their disability documentation on file do not need to send additional documentation; however, an essay is still required.

Those who are not registered must provide documentation of a disability from an appropriate professional.

Available Scholarships

  • Educational Opportunity Funds
  • James K. Shaver Scholarship
  • Mary Ann Walker Scholarship
  • Positive Lifestyle Scholarship
  • Powell Family Memorial Scholarship

Selection Process

A Scholarship Committee comprised of K-State faculty/staff, graduate students, and SAC staff screens all applications.  The Committee reviews each student's essay, grade point average, the individual scholarship requirements, and financial need to determine the best candidates for each scholarship.