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Competitive awards | Manhattan campus

Competitive scholarship awardees are selected by committees who review additional supplemental application materials and/or administer a selective interview process. The awards below are specific to the Manhattan campus, but there are also Polytechnic campus competitive awards available.

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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.

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 (four years, eight semesters total) at $20,000 per year with a K-State GPA of 3.5 or above. 
  • Must also maintain full-time enrollment (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester (fall/spring)) of K-State coursework leading toward degree completion. 
  • Must also maintain continuous enrollment at K-State for the duration of the scholarship.

This award is available to both in-state and out-of-state students.

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

 

Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Scholarship

The Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Scholarship is the largest and most selective scholarship award made by Kansas State University’s College of Business. The Vanier family recognizes students with this scholarship who have been truly outstanding, both academically and as student leaders, during their high school career. This scholarship is awarded each year.

This award seeks to attract top students who demonstrate the potential to make exceptionally strong contributions to the College of Business Administration, both in the classroom and in the extracurricular life of the campus.

Total value

$80,000

Freshman year award
$20,000

Renewable

  • Renewable up to three additional years (four years, eight semesters total) at $20,000 per academic year provided the student maintains a 3.5 GPA or higher and remains enrolled in the College of Business.
  • Must also maintain full-time enrollment (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester (fall/spring)) of K-State coursework leading toward degree completion. 
  • Must also maintain continuous enrollment at K-State for the duration of the scholarship.

This award is available to in-state students only.

To view the complete eligibility qualifications and application requirements, please visit the Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Scholarship.

 

Edgerley-Franklin Leadership Scholarship

The Edgerley and Franklin families support this scholarship to promote future engagement with the challenges facing communities and families. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in addressing these challenges. Up to five students receive this award annually.

The Leadership Scholars Program seeks to shape the next generation of great American leaders. 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 needs. They will influence and inspire future generations to value education, hard work, and achieve academic and career success.

The 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.

 

Total value

$20,000

Freshman year award

$5,000

Renewable

  • Renewable for up to three additional years (four years, eight semesters total) at $5,000 with a K-State GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Must also maintain full-time enrollment (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester (fall/spring)) of K-State coursework leading toward degree completion. 
  • Must also maintain continuous enrollment at K-State for the duration of the scholarship.

This award is available to both in-state and out-of-state students.

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

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.

This award is available to both in-state and out-of-state students.

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.

 

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.

This award is available to both in-state and out-of-state students.

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