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A Washburn student works in a science lab. Many departments, including biology, offer departmental scholarships.

Scholarships

An affordable education

Washburn University awards millions of dollars in scholarships each year. Scholarships are based on your interests, career aspirations, community service and academic success. Many can be renewed each year by completing the General Scholarship Renewal Application by December 1. Please check this page in upcoming weeks for a link to the renewal application.

Freshman Academic Scholarship Grid

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

For students graduating from high school in 2019 with a GPA of 3.0 or better and at least a 21 ACT. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee a scholarship, but the chart above provides guidelines for scholarship consideration. Students receiving discounted tuition through Washburn Tech are not eligible.

  • How to apply: Submit your transcripts and test scores and a Freshman Academic Scholarship Application
  • Priority deadline: December 1
  • Renewal criteria: To renew an award you must successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer) and maintain a 3.0 GPA if shaded in orange, a 3.25 GPA if shaded in green and a 3.5 if shaded in blue in the chart above. Academic scholarships may be renewed for up to four consecutive years by completing the Scholarship Renewal Application by December 1 each year. The application will be available online during the fall semester. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • RaiseMe: RaiseMe funds are integrated into academic scholarships. RaiseMe is an online platform where you can stack accomplishments to ensure that you qualify for scholarships when you graduate and attend college. Learn more on Washburn's RaiseMe page.

Transfer Academic Scholarship Grid

GPA 3.0-3.24 3.25-3.5 3.51-3.75 3.76-4.0
$500 $750 $1,000 $1,500

For students transferring in the fall from a Kansas community college or specific Missouri community college with at least 30 credit hours and a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students who previously attended a 4 year institution are not eligible.

  • How to apply: Transfer students are automatically considered, no separate application required.
  • Priority deadline: February 15
  • Renewal criteria: To renew you must maintain a GPA of 3.25 and successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer). Academic scholarships may be renewed for up to two consecutive years by completing the Scholarship Renewal Application by December 1 each year. The renewal application will be available online at a later date. Late applications will not be accepted.

PTK Scholarship

A one-time, non-renewable $1,000 award for transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa.

  • How to apply: No separate application required, but provide documentation of membership to your admissions counselor.
  • Priority deadline: February 15

All-Kansas Academic Team

A one-time, non-renewable $1,000 scholarship for transfer students who are named to the All-Kansas Academic team.

  • How to apply: No separate application required, but provide documentation to your admissions counselor.
  • Priority deadline: February 15

Washburn also offers specialized scholarships for full-time, undergraduate students based on their interests and achievements. Transfer students are eligible for awards marked with an asterisk (*).

  • How to apply: Some specialized scholarships require an additional application. Check with your admissions counselor for more information.
  • Priority deadline: Varies
  • Renewal criteria: Eligible scholarships can be renewed for four consecutive years by freshmen, or two consecutive years for transfer students, by filing out the Scholarship Renewal Application by December 1 each year. The renewal application will be available at a later date.
Scholarship Details Award Amount
Bryden Awarded to one freshman who is a Presidential Scholarship recipient. You must submit an essay in partial application for this scholarship, which replaces the Presidential Scholarship. To renew the Bryden Scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer). $2,500
Finnup*  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. You must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 to receive the scholarship. To renew the Finnup Scholarship, you must remain in good academic standing and successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer). The award amount is subject to change. $2,000
Garvey Competitive Exam
Awarded to students with the highest scores on the Garvey Competitive Exam, range from $250 to $2,000. You must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25 to register for the exam, which Washburn administers in the fall of your senior year. To renew the Garvey Scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer).

Garvey Scholarship Information

$250-$2,000
Glatt

Awarded to students who have graduated from a Dickinson County, Kansas, high school, have a 2.0 cumulative high school GPA, have applied for Washburn University admission and have completed a Glatt Scholarship application by February 15. To renew the Glatt Scholarship, you must remain in good academic standing and successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer).

Glatt Scholarship Application

$1,000
Hahn Awarded to select students pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Students must graduate from a high school in the northwest quadrant of Kansas, with priority given to Phillips County. Secondary consideration is extended to Smith, Rooks and Norton counties, followed by the surrounding region. The award is intended for college seniors and juniors who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and are in good standing, however sophomores and freshmen may be considered. $5,000
Hindman*

Awarded to students who graduated from a Rooks County, Kansas, high school. You can apply for renewal with a 2.0 GPA and the successful completion of 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer). The award amount starts at $2,000 and is subject to change depending on available funds. You must apply for admission, submit a Rooks County high school transcript, and submit the Hindman Scholarship Application by February 15 for consideration.

Hindman Scholarship Application

$2,000
Presidential A $1,000 scholarship awarded to select students from each Shawnee County high school. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be nominated by your guidance counselor by February 15. To renew the scholarship, you must maintain a GPA of 3.25 and successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer). $1,000
Richey Awarded to select students who achieve a high school GPA of at least 3.9, earn an ACT composite score of at least 28 and who will be living on campus. The Office of Enrollment Management invites eligible students to apply. The award replaces the Freshman Academic Scholarship. To renew the Richey Scholarship, you must maintain a GPA of 3.5 and successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer). $7,000
Shaw*

Awarded to select students pursuing a pre-law or pre-medicine major. To be eligible you must have applied to Washburn, 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 college GPA of at least 3.5 and applied to Washburn. 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, the successful completion of 30 hours in an academic year (fall through summer), and by remaining in a pre-med or pre-law major.

Shaw Transfer Application


Shaw Direct from High School Application

$1,250
Wiseman

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, you must maintain a GPA of 2.0 and successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer).

Wiseman Scholarship Application

$500
Woodbury-Ramskill Available to freshmen and/or transfer students who graduated from a Rush County, Kansas, high school. To renew this scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and successfully complete 30 credit hours in an academic year (fall through summer). $1,000

Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship

For students whose parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse is currently attending or graduated from Washburn University or Washburn Institute of Technology. Applicants (excluding first-time freshmen) and their legacy connection must be members of the Washburn Alumni Association. Although GPA is a qualifier, recipients are chosen on the basis of financial need and a legacy connection.

Leadership Institute Scholarship

A $500 to $2,000 renewable award for students have demonstrated leadership initiative, academic excellence and participation in extra-curricular activities during high school and college. The leadership scholarship is a commitment to participating in Washburn’s Leadership Institute and is more than just an award-based scholarship. To renew a leadership scholarship you must maintain a 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.

Brunt Honors Scholarship

A $500 to $1,000 award for incoming freshmen involved in the University Honors Program. Awards are distributed to transfer students as funds are available.

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.

Academic departments across Washburn University offer a wide array of scholarship opportunities for new and continuing students. View the department scholarship pages listed below for details on scholarships offered by each major.

  • How to apply: Contact the department or follow the link to application information.
  • Deadline: Varies

College of Arts and Sciences

Mary N. Fix Memorial Scholarship

This renewable scholarship is awarded to select incoming freshmen whose primary course of study is within the sciences (physics, biology, or chemistry), and may be used for tuition, fees, books, and/or living expenses. Students who are interested in teaching science at the secondary level are also eligible to renew the scholarship for up to five years. You are awarded through a selection process based on GPA, ACT scores, and stated area of study.

  • How to apply: No application is required, but contact your admissions counselor for more information.
  • Deadline: December 1

Art

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Information Sciences

Education

English

History

Kinesiology

Mass Media

Math & Statistics

Music

Philosophy/Religious Studies

Physics and Astronomy

Political Science

Psychology

Public Administration

Theatre

School of Applied Studies

School of Applied Studies Scholarship

Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

Human Services

Social Work

School of Business

Business

School of Nursing

Nursing

The following State of Kansas Financial Aid Programs require completion of the FAFSA and completion of the State of Kansas Student Aid Application. Most have a priority deadline of May 1, but please note Washburn’s FAFSA priority date is November 15.

  • Kansas Comprehensive Grant
  • Kansas State Scholarship
  • Ethnic Minority Scholarship
  • Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship
  • Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
  • Kansas Military Service Scholarship
  • Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant

For more information on the above programs and application procedures contact the Kansas Board of Regents at 785.430.4255 or visit their website.

The Financial Aid Office at Washburn University receives a variety of notifications regarding private scholarships which are made available from private organizations. Theses scholarships are posted online to our blog regularly.

Washburn University does not determine the recipient of these awards nor determine the awarding criteria. Questions regarding these awards should be directed to the organization providing the scholarship.

The Financial Aid Office at Washburn University will only post scholarships which it believes to be legitimate in order to protect you from any scams. It is also advised that you use your personal judgment before applying for any scholarships.

Success story: Hannah Poort

Hannah Poort arrived at Washburn as a shy freshman. She ended up spending four years as a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and currently works as a third-grade teacher after graduating with her degree in Elementary Education.

Balancing work with student-teaching would have been difficult to say the least while she was at Washburn, but a scholarship helped her focus on what matters the most.

"Student-teaching was basically a job. I'm there from 7:30 to 4:30 every day, then at night I go home and grade papers and work on my lesson plan," Poort said. "Without the scholarship, I would have been very stressed about how I'm going to pay for things. This scholarship allowed me to focus on my students, which made me a better teacher for them."

Poort received the Hahn Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship that made life much easier during her final year of college.

"The Hahn Scholarship helped by taking a financial burden off me," she said. "It helped me to focus on my education. Scholarships are important because they offset a lot of the cost of tuition."


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