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.

Renewal of your KWU 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

Residential Award /Dorm Grant

2.50 KWU CGPA

KWU Discretionary Performance  Scholarships

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

Phi  Theta Kappa Scholarship

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

Talent Scholarships

2.00 KWU CGPA

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 Activity Scholarship for the 2014-15 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 /Activity Scholarship has been renewed at the Pioneer level.  Jason’s KWU Academic/Activity Scholarship will be $10,000 for 2015-16.   Congratulations, Jason!

Example #2:

Julie was awarded the Trustee Academic Activity Scholarship for the 2014-15 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.  Julie’s KWU Academic/Activity Scholarship will be $12,000 for 2015-16.   Congratulations, Julie!  Keep up the good work!

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/Activity 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

Residential Award /Dorm Grant

2.60 KWU CGPA

KWU Discretionary Performance  Scholarships

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

Phi  Theta Kappa Scholarship

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

Talent Scholarships

2.00 KWU CGPA but are only available to students who commenced regular full time enrollment in the 2015-16 Academic year.

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:

Maria was awarded the Pioneer Academic Activity Scholarship for the 2014-15 Award Year.  At the end of May, after Spring grades are posted, Maria is proud to see that her KWU CGPA is 3.57.  Maria is pleased when she receives her award letter, her KWU Academic /Activity Scholarship has been upgraded from the Pioneer level to the Trustee Level.  Maria’s KWU Academic/Activity Scholarship will be $12,000 for 2015-16.   Congratulations, Maria!

Example #2:

Leland was awarded the University Scholarship for his first year at KWU (2014-15).  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 2.75 necessary to renew his University Scholarship for next year (2015-16). 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 2015-16.  His Scholarship will increase from $8000 in 2014-15 to $10,000 in 2015-16.  He resolves to repeat this hard work in 2015-16 for the 2016-17 year.   He hopes there is a Trustee Scholarship next year. Keep up the good work, Leland!

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:

  1. Check with each of your professors; ask them for guidance on how to improve your grade in their course.   Get specific instructions.
  2. Check with the Albert Nelson Student Success Center in the Memorial Library.  Ask them for help on student skills, time management…or tutoring help.
  3. 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 on-line in Summer School, so you can even 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.

Example #1:

Fred was awarded the University Scholarship for his first year at KWU (2014-15).  At mid-term, he reviews his grades and uses the GPA estimator on his MyKWU and is worried because it looks as though his KWU Residential CGPA will not be at least the 2.75 necessary to renew his University Scholarship for next year (2015-16).  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.  Fred works hard but his Spring KWU CGPA is 2.69.  He decides to take classes on line at KWU for the Summer Term of 2015.  At the end of Summer School, Fred is relieved when he receives his revised award letter from the Student Financial Planning Office.  His summer grades at KWU improved his KWU Residential CGPA to at least 2.75, his University Scholarship is renewed.   Congratulations, Fred!  

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


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. 

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.