Washburn University has numerous scholarship opportunities available to undergraduate students who have not completed a first baccalaureate degree.  Each year Washburn University awards millions of dollars in scholarships. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher to qualify for Academic Scholarships and most Departmental Scholarships.  

How to Apply for Scholarships   

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen - students must submit an Application for Admission and Scholarship to the Admissions Office by December 1.  In addition you must submit 6th or 7th semester transcripts with ACT/SAT scores sent directly from your high school.  

Scholarships for Transfer Students - students must submit an Application for Admission and Scholarship to the Admissions Office. In addition, you must submit academic transcripts from all schools previously attended.  If you have completed less than 24 semester hours you must also submit a high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores (not less than 5 years old.)

Scholarships for Continuing Washburn Students - must submit a Washburn University Academic Scholarship Application  (using your MyWashburn username and password). Continuing students must reapply each year for academic scholarships; however, scholarships will be awarded based on a RENEWAL process which looks at a student's previous award/enrollment and GPA. Only full time undergraduate students working towards their first baccalaureate degree will be considered for these scholarship awards.

Departmental Scholarships - requires recommendation from the student's department. For example: Athletics, Debate, Music, and Nursing all have departmental funds available. Some departments may have scholarships available to graduate students. Please contact the specific department for additional details.


State of Kansas Financial Aid Programs

Kansas Comprehensive Grant - a need based grant for full-time undergraduate students that are residents of Kansas. You must complete the FAFSA and have the results sent to Washburn prior to April 1. The maximum award is $800 and does not have to be repaid.

The following State of Kansas Financial Aid Programs require completion of the FAFSA and most require completion of the State of Kansas Student Aid Application ($12.00 fee):

  • Kansas State Scholarship
  • Ethnic Minority Scholarship
  • Kansas Nursing Scholarship
  • Kansas Teacher Scholarship

State application not required for:

  • Vocational Scholarship  
  • Kansas Career Work Study Program 

For more information on the above programs and application procedures contact: Kansas Board of Regents (785) 296-3517 or visit their web site at Kansas Board of Regents - Student Financial Aid.


Private Scholarships & Grants  

Internet Scholarship Searches:

Clubs & Charitable Organizations: Details available through organization or high school counselor

Employer Related Assistance Program: Details available through employer or parent's employer

Hindman Scholarship - Restricted to Rooks County Kansas High School Graduates Only

Washburn University Foundation

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - Students will complete the on-line application, recommenders submit on-line recommendations, and students arrange to have all the financial information and transcripts sent directly to Jeff Mott, Institute for the Study and Practice of Leadership, Washburn University, Topeka, KS 66621. Then after reviewing all applications, Dr. Mott will nominate up to two students and forward all their application support materials to the foundation.

Hispanic College Fund - The Hispanic College Fund Scholars Program includes multiple scholarship programs which you can read about on their website. Each program has different requirements and deadlines. Once you complete your applications, HCF will match you to the scholarship program which fits you best.

ROTC Scholarships - Army & Air Force

Scholarship Deadlines

The deadline to apply for a Washburn University Freshman Academic Scholarship is December 1.

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The deadline to reapply for a previously awarded Washburn University scholarship is February 15.

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Complete the FAFSA

When completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please add Washburn University’s federal school code of 001949.

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