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About the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

My office advises K-State students as they seek to identify and compete for major scholarships, fellowships and other academic prizes, including those that require candidates to be nominated by the University before they can compete nationally.  What we do breaks down into four core areas:

1. We publicize upcoming competitions and help students discover whether any of the major scholarship programs might be a good fit for their goals and interests.

2. We advise students regarding how to build a competitive resume and academic record, one that will serve their longer term goals, whether they are successful in the scholarship arena or not.

3. We run the campus process for most of the awards that require campus nomination or institutional endorsement.  

4. We serve as a resource during the application process.  This includes clarifying rules and procedures, providing advice regarding personal statements and resumes, organizing mock interviews, etc.

Many K-State students have been successful at the national level, and win or lose, most students share that they benefit from the application process.  Please look around the website and contact the office if you think we might be able to assist you. The office is open 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Just call 785-532-3422 to set an appointment.  

We look forward to working with you.  

Jim Hohenbary
Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Kansas State University
204 Leadership Studies Building
Manhattan, KS 66506

About the Director:

Jim Hohenbary earned a BA in English Literature from Truman State University and an MA in English Literature at Kansas State University, both with an emphasis in Creative Writing.  He continues to write when time permits, and his first novel, Before the Ruins, was published in the fall of 2019. 

He started his career at K-State as an Open Option advisor before moving into a scholarship advising role in 2000.  He is also, currently, the Associate Director of the University Honors Program

In each of these roles, Jim has enjoyed helping students refine their goals for the future and find meaningful ways to enhance their college experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. 

Jim Hohenbary

Jim preparing to attend Truman Scholars Leadership Week in Liberty, MO in May 2014.  Photo courtesy of his daughter.