Paying For College

Scholarships At Washburn University

Paying for college may seem like a challenge, but Washburn University offers a number of scholarships to keep your education affordable. Most freshmen are eligible to receive academic scholarships, and the Office of Admissions also awards scholarships to transfer students.  Special scholarships are available according to students’ interests and achievements. Many academic departments offer scholarships to undergraduates, too.  

Washburn University makes applying for scholarships easy.  Simply complete your application file by December 1.

For freshmen, a complete application file includes the application for admission; a one-time, $20 application fee; official high school transcript; and official ACT scores. Once you have been admitted, you can complete the Scholarship Application.

For transfer students, a complete application file includes the application for admission; a one-time, $20 application fee; and official transcripts from EACH post-secondary school the student has attended.     

Keep in mind: Meeting all criteria does not guarantee a scholarship. The following charts provide guidelines for scholarship consideration. 

Admissions Scholarships

Freshman Academic Scholarships

For freshmen, a complete application file includes the application for admission; a one-time, $20 application fee; official high school transcript; and official ACT scores. Once you have been admitted, you can complete the Scholarship Application.

If a student is awarded a Washburn University Freshman Academic Scholarship, he or she must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters excluding Washburn Tech courses, graduate courses and summer semester. These scholarships are reserved for undergraduate students only. Scholarships are awarded in the fall unless otherwise stated, and amounts range from $500 to $5,000 per year for students enrolled full time. Awards may be renewed for up to eight (8) semesters.  Students must complete a scholarship application renewal each year by February 15th and maintain a specified GPA based on the scholarship amount awarded.  

Meeting these criteria does not guarantee a scholarship. The following charts provide guidelines for scholarship consideration: 

ACT

GPA: 3.0-3.20

3.21-3.40

3.41-3.60

3.61-3.80

3.81-4.0

21-22

$500

$750

$1,000

$1,250

$1,500

23-24

$750

$1,000

$1,250

$1,500

$2,000

25-26

$1,000

$1,250

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

27-28

$1,250

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

29-30

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

31-32

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

33-34

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

$4,500

35-36

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

$4,500

$5,000

Transfer Academic Scholarships

A student is eligible for a Transfer Academic Scholarship if he or she has at least 24 credit hours, a 3.25 cumulative GPA or higher from a Kansas community college or specific Missouri community college and who has not previously attended a four-year institution. Transfer scholarships do not include Washburn Tech courses, graduate courses and summer semesters.  The Transfer Academic, Phi Theta Kappa, and All-Kansas Academic Team scholarships do not require an separate application form but make sure you provide your admissions counselor with documentation of your Phi Theta Kappa and/or All-Kansas Academic Team status.

Transfer scholarships are awarded to students starting at Washburn in the fall term only, and the amounts listed below show the scholarship awarded per year. Transfer scholarships are awarded for four consecutive semesters excluding summer. Transfer scholarships are based on funding available.

Transfer Academic Scholarships and Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are renewable for up to four (4) semesters, providing the student maintains a GPA of 3.25 or higher and successfully completes 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.Transfer students who are named to the All-Kansas Academic Team are eligible for a one-time $1,000 scholarship based on funding available. The $1,000 scholarship will be dispersed over the fall and spring semesters.  Students must complete a scholarship application renewal each year by February 15th and maintain a specified GPA based on the scholarship amount awarded.  

The following details Transfer Academic Scholarship award guidelines:

Cumulative college GPA

3.25-3.5

3.51-3.75

3.76+

Award Amount

$750

$1,000

$1,200

Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa are also eligible for the PTK scholarship.

Cumulative college GPA

3.6-3.69

3.7-3.79

3.8-3.89

3.9+

Award Amount

$1,000

$1,100

$1,200

$1,300

Specialized Scholarships

The Office of Admissions also awards scholarships according to students' interests and achievements.  Transfer students are eligible for awards marked with an asterisk (*). 

Bryden
The Bryden Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship awarded to one freshman who is a Presidential Scholarship recipient. Students submit an essay in partial application for this scholarship, which replaces the Presidential Scholarship. To renew the Bryden Scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.25 and successfully complete 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. 

Finnup* 
The $3,000 Finnup Scholarship is awarded to students who have graduated from a high school in one of the following Kansas counties: Clark, Comanche, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Mead, Morton, Ness, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens and Wichita. Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 to receive the scholarship. To renew the Finnup Scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 and successfully complete 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. The award amount is subject to change.

First-Generation Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is available to a high school graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA who is a first-generation college student (defined as the first person in the student’s family to attend college). To renew the scholarship, the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and successfully complete 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.

Garvey Competitive Exam
Garvey Scholarships, awarded to students with the highest scores on the Garvey Competitive Exam, range from $500 to $2,000. Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25 to register for the exam, which Washburn administers in the fall of students’ senior year. To renew the Garvey Scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.25.

Garvey Scholarship Information

Glatt
The $1,000 yearly, renewable Glatt Scholarship is awarded to students who have graduated from a Dickinson County, Kan., high school, have a 2.0 cumulative high school GPA, have applied for Washburn University admission and have completed a Glatt Scholarship application online by February 15. To renew the Glatt Scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 and successfully complete 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.

Hindman*
The Hindman Scholarship, ranging from $4,000 to $6,000, is awarded to students who graduated from a Rooks County, Kan., high school. Students can apply for renewal with a 2.0 GPA. The award amount is subject to change depending on available funds.

Hull
The Hull Scholarship is awarded to full-time, first-time freshmen properly enrolled and in good standing in the School of Business program at Washburn University. The student must be Pell Grant-eligible and a graduate from Highland Park High School or Topeka High School. This award may be renewable for four years if funding is available and the student maintains an overall GPA of 2.5 and successfully completes 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. The award may be used for tuition, fees, books and/or living expenses.

Kissinger
The Kissinger Scholarship is a $5,000 annual, renewable scholarship given to incoming students. The scholarship is awarded to select students from rural, western Kansas, with preference given to students from Jewell County, Kan. The scholarship is not available every year. Please check with the Office of Admissions to determine eligibility. To renew the Kissinger Scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.0.

Presidential
Awarded to select students from each Shawnee County high school, the Presidential Scholarship is a $1,000 award. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be nominated by their guidance counselor by February 15. To renew the scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.25 and successfully complete 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.

Richey
The $6,000 Richey Scholarship is awarded to select students who achieve a high school GPA of at least 3.9 and earn an ACT composite score of at least 28. The Office of Enrollment Management invites eligible students to apply. The award replaces the Freshman Academic Scholarship. To renew the Richey Scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 and successfully complete 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.

Shaw*
The Shaw Scholarship, a $1,250 award, is awarded to select students pursuing a pre-law or pre-medicine major. To be eligible, freshmen must have a complete admissions file, a GPA of at least 3.5, an ACT score of at least 28, and a completed Shaw Scholarship application. Community college transfer students must have a cumulative college GPA of at least 3.5 and have a completed admissions file. The priority deadline for this award is February 15. Incoming freshmen can renew this scholarship for eight semesters with a GPA of at least 3.5.

Valedictorian
Students who ranked academically highest in their graduating class are eligible for a one-time, $1,000 Valedictorian Scholarship. The student’s application file must be complete by February 15 and the Office of Admissions must receive the student’s final high school transcript by June 15.

Wiseman
This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to select students who graduate from Topeka High School, Topeka West High School or Highland Park High School with a minimum GPA of 2.0. To renew this scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 and successfully complete 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.

Woodbury-Ramskill
A $1,000 scholarship is available to freshmen and/or transfer students who graduated from a Rush County, Kan., high school. To renew this scholarship, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 and successfully complete 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.

Athletic, Alumni, Leadership and Honors Scholarships

Athletics Scholarships
Washburn University is an NCAA Division II school and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Washburn competes in 14 programs: football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, tennis and golf (in men’s sports) and volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, track, cross country and tennis (in women’s sports). Washburn’s athletic scholarships are offered by the coach of each program.

Alumni Association Scholarships
If the student’s parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse is currently attending or graduated from Washburn University or Washburn Institute of Technology, the student is considered a legacy student and is encouraged to apply for an Alumni Association Scholarship. Established in 1944, the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund has been a source of financial assistance for many Washburn students. Applicants and their legacy connection must be members of the Washburn Alumni Association in addition to the required materials to be eligible. Although GPA is a qualifier, recipients are chosen on the basis of financial need and a legacy connection. For more information on this scholarship, visit Washburn.edu/alumni-friends.

Leadership Institute Scholarships
A leadership scholarship commits a student to participate in Washburn’s Leadership Institute and is more than just an award-based scholarship. Annual renewal of a leadership scholarship is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, making appropriate annual progress toward the Leadership Minor or Leadership Studies Certificate, and meeting performance and program participation criteria as determined by the Leadership Institute Director. Eligibility requirements and scholarship responsibilities should be understood before applying for an award. These requirements and responsibilities are assessed and revised annually, so please visit the Leadership Institute website at Washburn.edu/leadership for the most current information.

University Honors Program

Brunt Honors Scholarship
Awarded to incoming freshmen involved in the University Honors Program, Brunt Honors Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1,000. Awards are distributed to transfer students as funds are available.

Departmental Scholarships

College of Arts and Sciences

Mary N. Fix Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student in good standing at Washburn University whose primary course of study is within the sciences, and may be used for tuition, fees, books and/or living expenses.

Art

Approximately 20 student scholarships are awarded to new and returning art students, as well as to outstanding transfer art students. The application deadline is February 15, but some scholarships may be awarded during fall enrollment. Work-study, studio assistant positions and internships are also available. Art scholarships are awarded to full-time art majors only.

Barbara L. Buzick Art Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a highly qualified freshman and renewed each year with the student’s satisfactory progress toward an art degree and sustained achievement. The scholarship pays for tuition, books, fees, art supplies and on-campus housing. To apply, students must provide a digital portfolio, an application letter, a transcript and two letters of recommendation. Only one scholarship is awarded annually.

Biology

The scholarships listed below may be awarded to students who select a major offered through the Biology Department. Students complete a single scholarship application (usually available in December on the Biology Department website) and do not apply individually for these scholarships. The Biology Department Scholarship Committee then determines who should be awarded scholarships and from which Scholarship Fund the monies are awarded.

Charles S. & Doris F. Joss Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to pre-medicine students with a GPA over 3.5.

Dr. Glenn S. Millice Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to pre-medicine students.

Dr. Robert H. Glazier Sciences Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded to chemical and/or biological sciences majors.

Jane Ayers McAleavey
This scholarship is awarded to women studying botany or biology.

Sarah Lu Carter
This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering and who are taking pre-engineering courses.

Shawnee Sportsmen Inc. Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to biology majors interested in wildlife, conservation or environmental protection.

Sheldon & Virginia Cohen Fund for Excellence in the Sciences
Funds for this award are divided equally for scholarships in biology and chemistry according to academic ability.

Topeka Audubon Society Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded to biology majors, with preference to students preparing for careers in ecology and wildlife biology.

Chemistry

The Chemistry Department awards scholarships to freshmen majoring in chemistry with an ACT composite score of 25 or above. Scholarships are renewable according to a student’s cumulative GPA and GPA in chemistry courses.

Dr. Janice S. Barton Biochemistry Scholarship Fund
Award(s) from this academic scholarship fund shall be made to a qualified student(s) majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, with a preference given to female biochemistry majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA in chemistry, or entering freshman students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry with a minimum 29 ACT score (or comparable score on national standardized exam).

Carswell Memorial Scholarship Fund
Awards from this fund shall be made to any qualified student(s), with preference given to women who are working part time. This fund is to provide financial assistance for a student(s) to apply toward tuition, books, and fees who is/are properly enrolled in chemistry/biochemistry at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.

Sarah Lu Carter Scholarship Fund
Award(s) from this fund shall be made to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the field of science or students working toward a degree in engineering and who are taking their pre-engineering courses at Washburn University.

Sheldon and Virginia Cohen Fund for Excellence in the Sciences
The fund will benefit equally the chemistry and biology departments. Half of the income will be divided equally for scholarships in biology and chemistry for student(s) who are properly enrolled at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, to apply toward tuition, books and fees based on academic ability. The remaining one half of the income will be used to support undergraduate student research in the Biology and Chemistry departments including such things as the purchase of needed research supplies, expenses for student to present papers at scientific meetings and summer student salary funds. Award(s) from this fund shall be made to any qualified student(s) who is (are) properly enrolled at Washburn University based on academic ability.

Walter W. Deschner Chemistry Scholarship Fund
Award(s) from this fund shall be made to any chemistry student properly enrolled for academic study at Washburn University.

Dr. Robert H. Glazier Sciences Scholarship Fund
Award(s) from this fund shall be made to any qualified student(s) who is/are properly enrolled as majors in the chemical and/or biological sciences.

Joann and Herbert Klemmer, M.D. Memorial Chemistry Fund
Award(s) from this fund shall provide financial assistance to a student(s) properly enrolled and in good standing in the Department of Chemistry (or successor) at Washburn University. This award may be used for tuition, fees, books and/or living expenses.

Robert M. Newman Science Scholarship Fund
Award(s) from this fund shall provide financial assistance to a student(s) properly enrolled and in good standing at Washburn University majoring in chemistry. This award may be used for tuition, fees, books and/or living expenses.

Tom and Fay Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund
Award(s) from this fund shall be made to student(s) as determined by the full faculty of the Chemistry Department.

Susan J. Snyder Chemistry Scholarship Fund
Award(s) from this fund shall be made to any qualified student(s) who is/are enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences at Washburn University with preference given to females majoring in chemistry and making satisfactory progress toward their degree objective.

Chi Che Wang Scholarship Fund
Earnings to be used to award scholarships to students who are majoring in chemistry.

Computer Information Sciences

The Computer Information Sciences Department offers a variety of competitive scholarships. A scholarship may be awarded to qualified incoming freshmen planning to major in computer information sciences; they should apply by February 15. Current students who are declared majors in computer information sciences may apply for scholarship consideration for the following year by February 15. Contact the Computer Information Sciences Department for more information.

Mass Media

Zula Bennington Green Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a mass media major with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Thad M. Sandstrom Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a mass media major with at least a 3.0 GPA. Freshmen who plan to major in mass media may also apply for a scholarship from this fund.

Oscar S. Stauffer Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a mass media major with at least a 3.0 GPA.

David C. Beeder Mass Media Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a mass media major with at least a 3.0 GPA.

DoGood Mass Media Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a mass media major with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Dick Snider Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is a mass media major with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Topeka Branch—National League of American Pen Women
This scholarship is awarded to a woman who is a full-time student majoring in mass media. The student must be of junior standing, have a GPA of at least 3.0 and be recommended by a faculty member.

Mathematics and Statistics

Kinzer Mathematical Scholarship
The Kinzer Scholarship, minimum $500, is awarded to qualified students who major in mathematics. Scholarship recipients will be selected from applicants who satisfy the following criteria: a “B” average in all completed high school work, desired ACT math score of 28 or an SAT math score of 640, and the intent to major or minor in mathematics or a related field (chemistry, economics, pre-engineering, physics, etc.) at Washburn University.

Laura Green Scholarship
The Laura Greene Scholarship, minimum $1,000, is awarded to exceptionally qualified students majoring in mathematics at Washburn University. Scholarship recipients will be selected from applicants who satisfy the following criteria: a 3.33 GPA in all completed high school work, desired ACT math score of 30 or an SAT math score of 710, and the intent to major in mathematics at Washburn University.

Music

The Department of Music offers generous scholarships to music majors as well as non-majors. For more information, contact the Washburn University Department of Music at 785.670.1511. All students wishing to be considered for music scholarships and admission to the department must present an audition.

Physics

Scholarships up to $2,000 per year are available for the study of physics at Washburn University. Award amounts vary according to ACT scores. Scholarship recipients will be selected from applicants who satisfy the following criteria: a “B” average in all completed high school work, a “B” average in all completed college work for transfer students, and a combined ACT score of 25 or above.

Theatre

The Theatre Department offers a number of student scholarships based on audition/interview and grade point average. Auditions are held each year in early February and are open to majors and non-majors. Contact: Theatre Department, 133 Garvey Fine Arts Center, 785.670.1639.

School of Business

The School of Business receives scholarship funds from numerous alumni and other distinguished supporters. We award approximately $350,000 to over 250 students annually. Scholarships from the School of Business are guaranteed to all new students, both freshmen and incoming transfer students, who submit an application prior to the February 15 deadline and satisfy our eligibility requirements.

To qualify, freshmen must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and ACT composite score of 23. Transfer students must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.25. Priority is given to students who apply before the February 15 deadline; however, late applicants may still receive awards if funds are available. To maintain eligibility, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and declare a major in business by the end of their first semester at Washburn. Applications are available on the School of Business website. An application must be submitted each year; scholarships do not automatically renew.

Marcoux Leadership Scholarship
Incoming freshmen with a GPA of 3.0 and an ACT score of 26 may be considered for this scholarship, which replaces the general business scholarship for new students. Current students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 will also be considered. Paper applications for this scholarship must be received by the School of Business by February 15. Applications are available on the School of Business website. An application must be submitted each year; scholarships do not automatically renew.

 

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing accepts applications for scholarship each semester, with deadlines of February 15 for the fall and October 15 for the spring. Applications are available on the School of Nursing homepage.  Students must re-apply for scholarships by February 15 each year.

School of Applied Studies

Mark/Lucille Bennett
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time SAS undergraduate.

Urilla/Graydon Bowman
This scholarship is awarded to SAS majors. Preference is given to women with at least a 2.5 GPA who are enrolled in at least 6 hours of general course study.

Dr. James Young
This scholarship is awarded to a student in the School of Applied Studies, with preference given to non-traditional students enrolled in a minimum of 5 hours in Applied Studies.

PEO
This scholarship is awarded to an SAS student, with preference given to women.

SAS Leadership in Office Administration
This scholarship is awarded to an office administration major.

SAS Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to SAS majors.

Allied Health

Mary Carswell Lempenau Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a radiation therapy major, with preference given to women.

Sharron Sue Parks
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in radiation therapy.

Charles/Margaret Pollak
This scholarship is awarded to an allied health major.

Kenneth/Irene Rowley
This scholarship is awarded to an allied health major.

Dr. Phillip Sisk Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in radiation therapy or radiologic technology.

Susan L. Wright
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in an area of allied health or a medical field other than general nursing. Preference is given to women.

Allied Health Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student of good standing in an allied health program.

Altrusa Club Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students studying in the areas of allied health or office, legal and technology. Preference is given to women with a 2.5 GPA.

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Radiation Therapy
This scholarship is awarded to enrolled radiation therapy majors.

Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

Richard/Marcia Barta
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time criminal justice major.

Boyles Family Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a degree in social work or criminal justice.

Bart Chavez
This scholarship is awarded to criminal justice majors.

Ted Heim Leadership in Criminal Justice
This scholarship is awarded to criminal justice majors.

Dana/Louise Hummer
This scholarship is awarded to criminal justice majors.

Karl Menninger
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in criminal justice.

Cliff Roberson
This scholarship is awarded to criminal justice majors.

Criminal Justice
This scholarship is awarded to criminal justice majors.

Quinby/Ann Henderson
Awarded to a full- or part-time upperclassman majoring in criminal justice or social work (alternates between CJ/SW – 2-year cycle).

Legal Studies Leadership Scholarship
Awarded to two-year legal studies students.

Human Services

Bart Allen Lewis
Awarded to junior or senior human services majors, with preference given to addiction counseling majors.

Newell and Virginia Feeley
This scholarship is awarded to students in human services or social work. Preference is given to students in gerontology.

Don Pedroja
This scholarship is awarded to human services majors with a concentration in addiction counseling.

Washburn Walkers
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in human services/gerontology and enrolled in at least 6 hours.

Social Work

Boyles Family Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a degree in social work or criminal justice.

David Powell
Awarded to a junior or senior social work major.

Dr. Eugene Connelly
This scholarship is awarded to social work majors, with preference given to undergraduates.

Elaine Duffens Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate social work student.

Jan Estes
This scholarship is available to social work majors.

Newell and Virginia Feeley
This scholarship is awarded to students in human services or social work. Preference is given to students in gerontology.

Dr. David Lee
This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate social work majors, with preference given to minority students.

Fannie and Samuel Wisman
This scholarship is awarded to part-time students majoring in social work.

Quinby/Ann Henderson
Awarded to full- or part-time upperclassman majoring in criminal justice or social work (alternates between CJ/SW – 2-year cycle).

Vernon Yazzie
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in social work, with a preference given to Native Americans.

Social Work Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in social work.