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Time for Change

2017–18 Scholarships—Stay tuned for more updates

2016-17 Scholarships

An Update from President Matthew Thompson
Re: Change in KWU Scholarships Policy for 2016-17:

  • We believe deeply in the residential experience. Therefore, we are increasing institutional scholarship aid for those living on campus by transitioning the Residential Award ($2,800) into the Talent Scholarship and adding $200.
  • Please see the below chart that explains how we have redefined the scholarships, which will benefit students who live on campus.
  • In addition, we are continuing the Coyote Timeliness Award, now valued at $1,000, which rewards any returning student who provides all necessary enrollment, on-campus housing and financial aid and financing processes by May 1. For more information, call our team in the K-Dub Hub at (785) 833-4319.
  • The K-Dub Hub also offers links to a host of external scholarship opportunities.

Matthew R. Thompson,
President/CEO

Kansas Wesleyan University

Change in Scholarship Definitions for Academic Year 2016-17

SAMPLE:  Full Time (on Ground) student who first enrolled as a regular student at KWU in 2014-15 or earlier.1

On Campus Resident Student

Off-Campus Resident Student

2015-16

2015-16

Trustee* Academic Scholarship        $10,000

Trustee* Academic Scholarship               $7,000

Residential Award                               $2,800

Total KWU Award                                $12,800

Total KWU Award                                        $ 7,000

2016-17

2016-17

Trustee Academic Scholarship          $8,000

Trustee Academic Scholarship                  $5,000

Performance Scholarship                   $ 5,000

Performance Scholarship                           $2,000

Total KWU Award                                $13,000

Total KWU Award                                        $7,000

SAMPLE:  Full Time (on Ground) student who first enrolled as a regular student at KWU in 2015-16.1

On Campus Resident Student

Off-Campus Resident Student

2015-16

2015-16

Trustee* Academic Scholarship        $8,000

Trustee* Academic Scholarship               $5,000

Talent Scholarship                               $2,000

Talent Scholarship                                      $2,000

Residential Award                               $2,800

Total KWU Award                                $12,800

Total KWU Award                                        $ 7,000

2016-17

2016-17

Trustee* Academic Scholarship        $8,000

Trustee* Academic Scholarship                 $5,000

Performance Scholarship                   $ 5,000

Performance Scholarship                           $2,000

Total KWU Award                                $13,000

Total KWU Award                                        $7,000

* The example above is receiving the KWU Trustee Scholarship.  Click on the 2016-17 KWU Scholarships link to the right to learn more about the KWU Scholarships and renewal requirements.  These are examples.  For more information about your individual financial aid, please call our Student Financial Planning Team in the K Dub Hub at 785-833-4319.

Coyote Timeliness Award ($1,000) : Rewards returning students who complete all processes for Fall 2017 enrollment, housing and financial arrangements by May 1, 2017.

KWU Scholarship Policies

Effective Fall 2016-17:

  1. KWU Academic and Performance scholarships are awarded automatically. No long essays to write. See the 2016-17 KWU Scholarships link to the right to learn more about the Academic Scholarships for which you may qualify, and what is required to renew them from year to year. 
  2. At KWU, you may be able to improve your Academic Scholarship. If at the end of the Academic Year (end of term in May or in July) , you have completed 24 semester hours and your KWU Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) meets the criterion for a new student to receive the higher scholarship, the new higher scholarship will be automatically added to your 2016-17 Award. For example:  If in 2015-16 you received the Pioneer Academic Scholarship (the most frequently awarded Academic Scholarship at KWU), AND if in May 2016 at the end of the Spring term your cumulative KWU GPA is 3.5 for at least 24 credit hours completed at KWU, for the 2016-17 academic year your Academic Scholarship would be the Trustee Scholarship…an increase of $2000. 
  3. What happens at the end of the Spring term if your KWU Cumulative GPA is not high enough to renew your Academic Scholarship? Using the example above, if you received the Pioneer Academic Scholarship in 2015–16 and you did not meet the 2.75 cumulative KWU GPA requirement at the end of the Spring term, your Academic Scholarship will be reduced one level to a University Scholarship, providing your GPA made you eligible to remain in school. (See the Academic Catalog section titled Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for that information. For the 2015-16 catalog, this is located on pages 29-30.
    1. But…you have some options:
      1. If you attend Summer School at KWU either on ground or on line, AND your grades in these classes improve your KWU Cum GPA to the level to requalify for your Academic Scholarship, we will upgrade it in time for school to start in August! Automatically.
      2. Study harder next year and look forward to the return to your higher scholarship for the following year. Scholarships are not changed mid-year.
      3. NOTE: If you attend Summer School at a different college, those grades will not improve your KWU Cum GPA so they will not affect your KWU scholarship. But doing this may help you graduate earlier, so get the transcripts from those courses to the Registrar’s Office as quickly as possible.
  1. On-Line Versus On-Ground Classes

University policy requires you to be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in “on ground classes” per term. 

  • If you wish to participate in University Athletics programs, and/or
  • Are awarded any Institutional Scholarships or Grants (Academic Scholarships such as the Pioneer, Residential Awards, Talent Scholarships, or Athletic or Music or other Discretionary Awards).

Effective starting the 2015-16 Academic Year, students may enroll in one or more on-line courses, IN ADDITION to the 12 credit hour “on- ground” requirement. Effective 2015-16, all on-line courses are subject to an (additional) Technology Fee of $30.00 per on-line credit hour. Therefore, On-Line courses which will bring your enrollment to a total of 13-18 units, (in addition to the fulfillment of the 12 credit hour “on ground” requirement), will be subject to the Technology Fee of $30 per credit hour. On-line courses which take your total credit hour load to greater than 18 units will also be subject to the $130 per credit hour overload fee + the $30.00 per on-line credit hour fee. For example: See the cases of two sisters (Mary and Martha) below:

Mary

Martha

Enrolled in  Credit Hours“On-Ground”

“On-Line”

12 credit hours

3 credit hours

15 credit hours total

11 credit hours

4 credit hours

15 credit hours total

Eligible to participate/practice with her athletic team.

Yes. 

No.  Due to fewer than 12 units “On Ground”.

Eligible to receive KWU Academic, Performance Scholarships and Discretionary Athletic Scholarships and other KWU Institutional Financial Aid

Yes, if otherwise eligible.

No.  Due to fewer than 12 hours “On Ground”.

Eligible to receive  Federal Financial Aid

Yes:

As a Full-Time student.

Yes:

As a Full-Time student.

Will be charged Tuition at the rate of:

At the regular Full time rate for 12-18 credit hours.

At the hourly tuition rate for all 15 credit hours.

Will be charged the $30 Technology Fee per On Line Credit Hour

Yes:    

($30.00 X 3 On Line credit hours = $90)

Yes :   

($30.00 X 4 On Line credit hours = $120)

  1. Renewal of your KWU Academic Scholarships:

Eligibility for renewal of KWU Scholarships is reviewed at the end of each Academic year after grades have been posted for the year (end of Spring Term in May or end of Summer Term in July) for determination of the next year's scholarship award. Renewal is based upon your Kansas Wesleyan University Cumulative Residential GPA. That means only classes you take at KWU, and the Grade Point Average you earn for classes taken at KWU are considered. It is cumulative of all work taken “in residence”… in other words, all classes taken at KWU. 

Academic/Activity Scholarships:

Minimum KWU GPA to Renew

Presidential

3.20 KWU CGPA

Trustee

3.00 KWU CGPA

Pioneer

2.75 KWU CGPA

University

2.50 KWU CGPA

Performance  Scholarships

Must Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress – see catalog for more details.

KWU Discretionary  

Phi  Theta Kappa Scholarship

Kansas Wesleyan Award

Does not guarantee renewal.   Contact the Office of Student Financial Planning after your awards have been offered to you if you have further questions.

Example #1:

Jason was awarded the Pioneer Academic Scholarship for the 2015-16 Award Year. At the end of May, after Spring Term grades are posted, Jason is proud to see that his KWU CGPA is 2.79.  Jason is pleased when he receives his Financial Assistance Award Letter, his KWU Academic Scholarship has been renewed at the Pioneer level. Jason’s KWU Academic/Activity Scholarship will be $8,000 for 2016-17. Congratulations, Jason!

Example #2:

Julie was awarded the Trustee Academic Scholarship for the 2015-16 Award Year for her freshman year at KWU. At the end of May, after Spring grades are posted, Julie is proud to see that her KWU CGPA is 3.2. Julie hopes to be awarded the Presidential Scholarship for her sophomore year in 2015-16. Julie is surprised when she receives her award letter, her KWU Academic /Activity Scholarship has been renewed at the Trustee Level. Then, Julie remembers, no one can upgrade to the Presidential Level, it is only awarded to first-time freshman and renews each year that they maintain a KWU cumulative GPA of 3.2. Julie’s KWU Academic Scholarship will be the Trustee for $10,000 for 2016-17. Congratulations, Julie! Keep up the good work!

  1. Upgrade of your KWU Scholarships:

Eligibility for upgrade of KWU Scholarships is reviewed at the end of each Academic year after grades have been posted for the year (end of Spring Term in May or end of Summer Term in July) for determination of the next year's scholarship award. Upgrade of KWU Scholarships does not occur at the end of Fall Term.  Renewal is based upon your Kansas Wesleyan University Cumulative Residential GPA. That means only classes you take at KWU, and the Grade Point Average you earn for classes taken at KWU are considered. It is cumulative of all work taken “in residence”… in other words, all classes taken at KWU. 

Academic Scholarships:

Minimum KWU GPA to Upgrade

Presidential

N/A – Presidential Scholarships are only awarded to incoming Freshman who met the original eligibility criterion upon admission.

Trustee

3.50 KWU CGPA

Pioneer

3.00 KWU CGPA

University

2.75 KWU CGPA

Example #1:

Maria was awarded the Pioneer Academic Scholarship for the 2015-16 Award Year. When Maria received her 2016-17 award letter in March, she was surprised. She thought she had done well enough in school to upgrade her Scholarships. Then, to her surprise, at the end of May, after Spring grades are posted in May, Maria is proud that her KWU CGPA is 3.57. Maria is thrilled when she receives her REVISED award letter, her KWU Academic Scholarship has been upgraded from the Pioneer level to the Trustee Level. Maria’s KWU Academic Scholarship will be $10,000 for 2016-17. Congratulations, Maria!

Example #2:

Leland was awarded the University Scholarship for his first year at KWU (2015-16). At mid-term, he reviews his grades and uses the GPA estimator on his MyKWU. Leland is relieved because it looks as though his KWU Residential CGPA will be at least the 2.50 necessary to renew his University Scholarship for next year (2016-17). But, Leland wants to upgrade his scholarship. He talks with his teachers and goes to the Student Success Center and visits the Registrar’s office in the K Dub Hub in PH285. He follows their advice and works hard in class and on homework. After Spring grades are posted, Leland is thrilled to see that his KWU Residential CGPA is 3.0. He has qualified for upgrade to the Pioneer Scholarship for 2016-17. His Scholarship will increase to $8,000 in 2016-17. He resolves to repeat this hard work in 2016-17 for the 2017-18 year. He hopes there is a Trustee Scholarship next year. Keep up the good work, Leland! We hope you will do it too!

Hints?

1)      Mid-Term grades are posted in early October for Fall term and in Late February/Early March for Spring Term. That same week, check your grades. On your MyKWU Student Portal, use the GPA estimator. If the KWU Cumulative Residential GPA will not be high enough for you to be able to renew your scholarship, do three things:

  • Check with each of your professors; ask them for guidance on how to improve your grade in their course.  Get specific instructions. Follow the instructions!
  • Check with the Albert Nelson Student Success Center in the Memorial Library. Ask them for help on study skills, time management…or tutoring help. It’s all free of charge!
  • Follow through on the help you have been offered!

2)      Summer School. Classes you take in Summer School at KWU are counted in your KWU Cumulative Residential GPA. Many classes are offered online during summer sessions, so you can take them from home without incurring the expense of dorm rooms etc. After Summer School Grades have been posted, the Office of Student Financial Planning will re-evaluate your KWU Cumulative Residential GPA to see if you qualify for renewal or even upgrade.

3)      Why think just “renew”?  Why not work to upgrade your scholarship? At KWU, students do it every year! See the information above on Upgrading your KWU Scholarship.