KWU Scholarships and Other Programs

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KWU Scholarships combine academics and activities into a single, renewable award. The higher your academic standing, the larger the KWU Scholarship you can automatically receive.  (No long essay to write). Students are encouraged to participate in activities, athletics, or explore various majors without the worry of losing money. Unlike most institutions, you may also have the opportunity to increase or attain KWU Scholarships based upon your KWU cumulative GPA (your high school achievement record or transfer GPA affects your first year award only). 99% of the students who attend KWU receive financial assistance through a combination of KWU awards, State and Federal grants and scholarships, loans and work study.  Eligibility for KWU Scholarships is reviewed at the end of each Academic year (May or July) for dertmination of the next year's scholarship award.

2014-15 Academic Year (For Students Beginning Fall 2014)

AMOUNT

REQUIREMENTS/DESCRIPTION

Presidential Scholar/Activity Scholarship**

$14,000 per year
$11,000 for non-residence hall students (1)

High school senior with a KWU composite score* greater than or equal to 94.

Renewal: Cumulative KWU residential GPA of 3.20.

Upgrade: One cannot upgrade to the Presidential.  It is awarded only to incoming freshman and only students who received Presidential awards in their freshman year at KWU may renew them.

Trustee Scholar/Activity Scholarships**

$12,000 per year
$9,000 for non-residence hall students

(1)

High school senior with a KWU composite score* greater than or equal to 77.

Transfer students with GPA of 3.5 on 24 or more transferring graded credit hours

Renewal:  KWU cumulative resident GPA of 3.00

Upgrade to Trustee: KWU Cumulative Residential GPA  of 3.5 on 24 or more unites earned at KWU

Pioneer Scholar/Activity Scholarships**

$10,000 per year
$7,000 for non-residence hall students

(1)

High school senior with a KWU composite  score* greater than or equal to 63;

Transfer students with GPA of 3.0 on 24 or more transferring graded credit hours.

Renewal:  KWU cumulative resident GPA of 2.75

Upgrade to Pioneer: KWU cumulative resident GPA of 3.0 on 24 or more units earned at KWU

University Scholar/Activity Scholarships*

$8,000 per year
$6,000 for non-residence hall students

(1)

High school seniors with a KWU composite score* greater than or equal to 53;

Transfer students with a 2.75 GPA on 24 or more transferring graded credit hours.

Renewal: KWU cumulative resident GPA of 2.50.

Upgrade to University: KWU  cumulative resident GPA of 2.75 on 24 or more units earned at KWU

Kansas Wesleyan
University Awards*

$100 – $9,000 per year                (1)

First-time freshmen & transfer students who demonstrate financial need may qualify. Non-need awards may also be available.

Residence Hall
Awards**

$2,800 per year

(1)

Residential, full-time students;

High school seniors with a 2.6 GPA and a 19 ACT/860 SAT score.

Transfer students with a 2.6 GPA on 24 or more transferring graded credit hours. Renewal: KWU cumulative resident GPA of 2.5.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$1,000

KWU will award a renewable $1,000 scholarship, on top of all other aid, for any transfer student who is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. 

Alumni Dependent
Discounts

$1,000 per year

Dependent of KWU alumnus. Notify Student Financial Planning Office by March 15, 2014.

KW Award International Students

Varies

Available for full-time international undergraduate students living in the residence hall.

Students meeting criteria receive automatic award.
New international students with 24 or more transferring graded credit hours from U.S. colleges should contact the Student Financial Planning Office for additional information.

Renewal: 2.000 cumulative KWU residential GPA.

*Calculate your KWU composite by multiplying your cumulative high school GPA by your ACT score. For example, if your GPA is 3.8 and your ACT score is 26, your composite score is 98.8 GPA based on a 4.0 scale.  KWU converts SAT results to an ACT equivalent.

**  KWU Academic/Activity Scholarships are specific tuition/fees credit awards and may be

     combined with other specific tuition/fees awards up to the total of KWU tuition and fees.    

     The KWU Academic/Activity Award will be reduced so the combined total of these awards

     equals the KWU tuition + fees for the term.   

(1) Only Full –time Student are eligible for this award.

PRESS RELEASE…Make your family even more proud!

Kansas Wesleyan University wants to promote its students! If you have been awarded KWU scholarships or awards, we would like to have the information sent to your hometown newspaper. Complete a Press Release Information Form and return it with a photo to the Student Financial Planning Office at finaid@kwu.edu or within the K-Dub Hub, Pioneer Hall Room 285. Thanks!

Not only are there scholarships available from Kansas Wesleyan, the Federal and State Governments provides several scholarships and grants. See more information about Federal Student Aid programs.

AMOUNT

REQUIREMENTS/DESCRIPTION

Pell Grants

$0 – $5,550 per year

Financial need.  Also available for part-time students.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

$100 – $4,000 per year

Financial need.

Kansas Comprehensive Grants                  

Up to $3,500 per year

(1)

Kansas resident; financial need.  Must attend private college, such as KWU, and apply by March 15.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

$4,000 per year (up to $16,000 total undergraduate)

3.250 GPA; agree to teach full-time for at least four years within eight years of graduation at a school serving a high percentage of low income students (Title I schools) and in a specific field such as mathematics, science, foreign language, special education, etc.

State of Kansas Scholarship

Up to $1,000 per year    (1)

High school seniors selected as state scholars; Kansas resident. Renewal: cumulative GPA of 3.0

Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarships

Up to $1,850 per year

(1)

Minority students: African American, American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Hispanic; Kansas resident. Scholastic criteria designated by state.  Renewal:  2.000 cumulative GPA and financial need.

Kansas Nursing Service Scholarships

$3,500 per year

(1)

Kansas resident; enrollment in KWU nursing program; sponsorship from medical provider; commitment to work for sponsor for one year for each year of scholarship.

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

$5,482 per year full-time students Prorated for part-time students ($4,390 ¾; $3,288 ½; $2,194 < ½)

(1)

Kansas residents agreeing to teach full-time in hard to fill disciplines.  2013-14designations are:  Special Education, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language, and English as a Second Language; one year for each year of scholarship or
Kansas residents agreeing to teach full-time in an underserved geographic area.  For 2013-14 underserved geographic areas have been identified as: USD 501 Topeka; USD 500 Kansas City, KS; USD 259 Wichita and State Board of Education Area 5 (which includes all of the western 1/3 of the State of Kansas).

Not only are there scholarships available from Kansas Wesleyan and the Federal and State Governments, there are other organizations that demonstrate their commitment to a Wesleyan Education!

ORGANIZATION

AMOUNT

REQUIREMENTS/DESCRIPTION

United Methodist Student Loans

$5,000 per year

Interest accrues immediately; repayment begins 6 months after student leaves KWU. Co-signed application required. Member of a United Methodist Church; financial need; 5% interest rate; cumulative GPA of 2.0.

United Methodist Scholarships

Varies.

Members of a United Methodist Church. Early application is encouraged. Additional information is located at

Check with your church about scholarships that may be available through your church or your church’s central organization.

In addition:

ORGANIZATION

AMOUNT

REQUIREMENTS/DESCRIPTION

Vocational Rehabilitation Service

Varies.

Physical or emotional disability. Contact local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Social and Rehabilitation Service

Varies. Child care and other assistance.

Low income; financial need.

 Scholarships You Have Been Awarded by Outside Agencies

 I was awarded a Scholarship. What do I do with it?

Congratulations on your achievement!

The Student Financial Planning Office will be happy to assist your Outside Scholarship donor agency with the processing of your Outside Scholarship.  If you will be receiving any scholarships or assistance from other outside organizations or foundations, please send a copy of the notification you received from the Organization:

1)      Scan and email to  finaid@kwu.edu,  or

2)      Mail to:                 Kansas Wesleyan University,

ATTN:  Student Financial Planning Office, PH 285

100 E. Claflin Ave, Salina, KS  67401-6196 , or

3)      Call the Student Financial Planning Office of the  K Dub Hub (785-827-541 X 1260 or 1278 with the name, address, and amount of each award.

Scholarship Search Helpful Hints

Searching for other “Outside Scholarships” should be something you do throughout your college career.  In addition to using the Internet, brainstorm with your family about organizations, churches, clubs, social service clubs, sororities or fraternities in which your family members are involved that might offer scholarships.   Investigate Employer Tuition Reimbursement Employee Benefits from your employer or your parent’s employer(s). 

Nursing majors or Elementary/Secondary Education majors will find that some potential employers may offer “scholarships” in return for a promise to be employed there after graduation for a period of time.  This is even an inside track to employment after graduation.  Check the Employee Benefits section of these potential employers websites for more information or contact their Human Resources Office.

Safe Scholarship Search Engine Websites:

Click here to see Scholarship Advice from The U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Federal Student Aid.

REMEMBER:  Always follow good safe Internet search protocols.  Research the background of the organization that runs the scholarship search website before you give them your personal information.  That personal information could be an identity thief’s rich harvest;   some “scholarship search sites” are merely lead generators.  Beware of websites that promise scholarships for a fee.   The U.S. Dept of Education Office of Federal Student Aid offers Safe Scholarship Searching Advice.