Test-optional scholarships for incoming freshmen

Upon admission to the university as an incoming freshman, your application will be automatically reviewed for general university scholarships that are awarded based on your GPA and ACT/SAT score achievements. However, since K-State now offers a path toward admission that does not require consideration of ACT or SAT scores, the university also offers an opportunity for test-optional scholarship consideration.

While we encourage you to still submit test scores if you are able, as that ensures the earliest notification of an award, you are also encouraged to apply for test-optional scholarships as appropriate. You may earn only one general university scholarship/award, which includes either a test-considered award or a test-optional scholarship. You will be considered for the highest award possible.

Be considered for test-optional scholarships

  • If you haven't already, first make sure you complete the application for admission . Plan to apply by the March 15 priority date.
  • Next, complete the supplemental test-optional scholarship application by the March 15, 2021 priority date for full consideration. Applications received after the March 15 priority date will only be considered as funding is available.
  • Your application will undergo a holistic review by our scholarship committee after the priority date.

Fall 2021 test-optional scholarships

All scholarships below are renewable for up to four years while maintaining general renewal requirements. Holistic application review considerations include your high school GPA, specific coursework taken and reported in the application, your school and community involvement, work experience and more.

In-state scholarships

Scholarship Annual Award Total Four-Year Award
University Scholar Award $5,000 $20,000
Royal Purple Scholarship $3,500 $14,000
Wildcat Traditions Scholarship $2,500 $10,000
Limestone Award $1,500 $6,000
1863 Landmark Award $1,000 $4,000

Out-of-state scholarships

Scholarship Annual Award Total Four-Year Award
Purple and White Scholarship $12,000 $48,000
Denison Award $8,000 $32,000
Inspiration Award $6,000 $24,000
Recognition Award $4,000 $16,000


Submitting the supplemental application does not guarantee an award, as all award amounts and criteria are pending availability of funds and are subject to change.

Please note that out-of-state tuition waiver programs, including the Midwest Student Exchange, Founders Non-Resident Merit Award and Missouri Match Program, are not part of K-State's test-optional scholarship opportunities.