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First Scholars

First Scholars® Eligibility Criteria

First Scholars seeks to attract students who will be incoming first-time, full-time freshmen whose parents did not attend more than two years of college. Students participating in First Scholars receive a four-year renewable scholarship up to $5,000.


  • Must be a first-generation college student (neither parent/guardian earned more than two years of education beyond high school and no post-secondary degree).
  • Be an incoming first-time, full-time freshman.
  • Must be admitted to K-State for Fall 2019.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 22, 2019.
  • Achieve an ACT score between 21-26 and an average cumulative GPA of a 3.0.
  • Be eligible for in-state student tuition.
  • Reside in the Living Learning Community for First Scholars® during the freshmen year
  • Agree to participate in the program including developing and implementing an Individual Strategic Plan and participating in and attending social, cultural, academic, leadership, and service opportunities.
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA as a K-State student and complete all program requirements.