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Kansas Wesleyan University

Scholarships for Kansas Residents

Note that the following scholarships may not be combined, or “stacked”, with any other KWU scholarship or grant offer. However, the academic matrix and power awards make up a portion of each scholarship.

Ad Astra Guarantee

This is a guarantee of $60,000 in undergraduate scholarships over four years ($15,000 per year). This scholarship is open to any graduate from a Kansas high school or home school, those who transfer from a college in Kansas or state resident.

Saline County Guarantee

This is a guarantee of $70,000 in undergraduate scholarships over four years ($17,500 per year). Any high school/home school student who resides at an address in Saline County and is new to KWU is eligible.

Central Kansas Guarantee

This is a guarantee of $70,000 in undergraduate scholarships over four years ($17,500 per year). Any high school or home school student who resides at an address in the following counties: McPherson, Ottawa, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Dickinson, Marion, Reno, Cloud, Harvey or Sedgwick is eligible.

Transfer Scholarship Opportunity!

KWU has a special, significant scholarship for transfer, non-activity Nursing students! For the junior cohort classes from Spring ’23 through Fall ’24 (to include Fall ’23 and Spring ’24), junior transfer students who qualify for admission and enter KWU with a 3.5 GPA or better are guaranteed $30,000 of institutional aid for the year! Have a 3.25 GPA and want a new place to learn? You are assured of $25,000! Have a 3.0 GPA? You are guaranteed $23,0000!

Please note that students are allowed to live off campus.

Recipients are not eligible to receive aid for participation in fine arts or intercollegiate athletics, and must meet admissions standards to both KWU and the Nursing program.

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Legacy and UMC Member Scholarships

KWU welcomes students with a historical tie to the university, whether it be through our long association with the United Methodist Church or by welcoming legacy students, those whose parents and grandparents have attended the university (or others with a KWU tie) in the past. Both of the below scholarships are valid for the cost of tuition only.

50% Legacy Scholarships

This 50% tuition scholarship is available to children and grandchildren of Kansas Wesleyan University, Marymount College or St. Mary of the Plains College alumni. Recipient must be a full-time, on-ground new undergraduate student. This scholarship may not be combined with any other KWU scholarship or grant offer.

50% United Methodist Scholarship

This 50% tuition scholarship is available to all members of the United Methodist Church. The scholarship opportunity applies to full-time, on-ground new undergraduate students. This scholarship may not be combined with any other KWU scholarship or grant offer.

Valedictorian Scholarship

The KWU Valedictorian Scholarship recognizes Kansas resident graduating high school seniors that have achieved Valedictorian status (per high school counselor) with a minimum GPA of 4.0. Home school students are eligible as well. All applicants must have a minimum composite score of 25 on the ACT or SAT equivalent.

Note: Full-tuition scholarship winners are required to live on campus while receiving this scholarship. (Students receiving the full tuition and who are eligible to receive the Kansas Comprehensive Grant, those funds make up a portion of the full-tuition scholarship and are not eligible to receive any other KWU scholarship or grant.)

Stein Strings Scholarship

The Stein Strings Scholarship guarantees strings players – new to KWU from a Saline County school – at least $20,000 per year in institutional aid!

The scholarship honors the late Eric Stein, who founded the Salina Symphony and was a longtime instructor at Marymount College.

Salina Regional Health Center Employee/Dependent Scholarship

KWU has created a scholarship for employees of longtime supporter Salina Regional Health Center (SRHC) and their dependents. Anyone eligible for the scholarship is guaranteed at least $20,000 of scholarship aid per year! Learn more by contacting the KWU Admissions office at [email protected].

General Scholarships

Over 98% of our full-time students receive financial aid. Our initial financial aid calculations are based on cumulative GPA and, in the case of transfer students, the number of hours transferring in. This is true for both domestic and international students.

Trustee Scholarship

$14,000 (off-campus $11,000)
High school seniors with cumulative GPA of 3.75
Transfer students with GPA of 3.75 in 24 or more transferring graded credit hours

Presidential Scholarship

$12,000 (off-campus $9,000)
High school seniors with cumulative GPA of 3.5
Transfer students with GPA of 3.5 in 24 or more transferring graded credit hours

Dean’s Scholarship

$10,000 (off-campus $7,000)
High school seniors with cumulative GPA of 3.0
Transfer students with GPA of 3.0 in 24 or more transferring graded credit hours

University Scholarship

$8,000 (off-campus $5,000)
High school seniors with cumulative GPA of 2.5
Transfer students with GPA of 2.5 in 24 or more transferring graded credit hours

Promise Scholarship

$6,000 (off-campus $3,000)
Transfer students with GPA of 2.0 in 24 or more transferring graded credit hours

Discretionary Scholarships

Offered through activities such as: Debate and Forensics, Music (to include vocal, orchestra, band, The Howl, Rise Up! and Campus Ministry), Athletics, fine arts, or academics. Amounts vary and are determined by coaches or sponsors. Students are only eligible to receive one discretionary scholarship.

State Line Grant

Any high school or home school students from Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma qualify for a $2,000 State Line Grant.

ACT Award

Students who submit an official ACT score of 21 or higher will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Kansas Wesleyan University Award

Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for this award. In addition, this award also may be awarded to applicants whose interests or background are underrepresented at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Scholarship Competitions

Multiple scholarship competitions are held each year at Kansas Wesleyan, giving incoming students opportunities to distinguish themselves before their KWU careers even begin!

Eisenhower Scholarship Competition

This competition is designed to recognize incoming, first-time freshmen who demonstrate academic achievement, community service and leadership. Students must be in their senior year of high school to compete and meet certain GPA requirements. The scholarship will cover the full tuition cost for on-campus students for the completion of their undergraduate degree.

Dr. Rebecca Chopp Transfer Scholarship Competition

The competition is designed to recognize new transfer students who exhibit academic achievement, community service, and leadership capabilities. Only transfer students with 24 hours of transfer-eligible course work with a 2.75 GPA or better are eligible. Significant academic scholarships will be awarded to the winner(s).

Bill McMosley Music Scholarship Competition

Wesleyan’s music competition is a biannual event for students who are interested in participating in vocal and instrumental ensembles. Multiple scholarships will be presented.

Gary Harmon Scholarship Competition

The scholarship competition will focus on students entering KWU for Debate and Forensics, in honor of the school’s longtime coach. Multiple scholarships will be presented.

DECA Scholarship Competition

This scholarship competition will focus on students joining DECA. Multiple scholarships will be awarded.

Dr. Dorothy Hanna Scholarship Competition

This scholarship competition is in honor of longtime KWU professor, Dr. Dorothy Hanna. Multiple scholarships will be awarded to incoming STEM student(s).

Barbara Marshall Scholarship Competition

This scholarship competition is in honor of longtime KWU professor Barbara Marshall. Multiple scholarships will be awarded to incoming theatre student(s).

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