Freshman Scholarships

Scholarships for Kansas Residents

All Kansans who meet the criteria listed below and apply by Nov. 1 receive the scholarship. There are no separate applications for these scholarships.

  Criteria Award

Chancellor

32 ACT or 1450 SAT + 3.85 GPA $20,000 ($5,000/yr)

Traditions

31 ACT or 1420 SAT + 3.75 GPA $16,000 ($4,000/yr)

Crimson & Blue

28 ACT or 1310 SAT + 3.5 GPA $8,000 ($2,000/yr)

Rock Chalk

25 ACT or 1200 SAT + 3.5 GPA $4,000 ($1,000/yr)

Jayhawk

24 ACT or 1160 SAT + 3.75 GPA $4,000 ($1,000/yr)

National Merit Finalist, National Hispanic Scholar

Must be a National Merit Finalist or National Hispanic Scholar. Must select KU as No. 1 college choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corp. $40,000 ($10,000/yr)

KU Pell Advantage

22 ACT or 1100 SAT + 3.25 GPA
Must file the FAFSA by March 1 each year and be Pell Grant eligible.
Must be admitted to KU by March 1.
Up to $43,600 ($10,900/yr) Combination of scholarships & grants to fund tuition & fees

These scholarships are offered to Kansas freshmen who enroll for the semester immediately after completing high school. Students can only receive one of these scholarships at a time.

All references to GPA are on a 4.0 scale. All references to SAT scores refer to math and evidence-based reading and writing from tests taken after March 2016. For tests taken before March 2016, please use this table to convert your score.

Renewal criteria

To renew the scholarship, you must complete 30 KU hours per year and earn a cumulative 3.25 KU GPA. Renewal criteria for the KU Pell Advantage is different and is listed here.

 

Special scholarships for Kansas residents

Follow additional instructions to apply for these scholarships

Raise.me Micro-Scholarships
For students at participating Kansas high schools who might not otherwise consider attending college.
Application Deadline: Nov. 1

Hixson Opportunity Award
For students who would otherwise not be able to attend KU.
Application Deadline: Feb. 1

J.L. Cleland GLBT Non-discrimination Scholarship
For a student who has experienced discrimination, bullying, and/or violence based on support for GLBT persons.
Application Deadline: Feb. 1

Scholarships for out-of-state residents

All out-of-state students who meet the criteria listed below and apply by Nov. 1 receive the scholarship. There are no separate applications for these scholarships.

  Criteria Award

KU Excellence

28 ACT or 1310 SAT + 3.5 GPA

$43,436 ($10,859/yr)*

KU Distinction

25 ACT or 1200 SAT + 3.5 GPA $24,000 ($6,000/yr)

KU Achievement

24 ACT or 1160 SAT + 3.75 GPA $16,000 ($4,000/yr)

National Merit Finalist, National Hispanic Scholar

Must be a National Merit Finalist or National Hispanic Scholar. Must select KU as No. 1 college choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corp. $43,436 ($10,859/yr)*

Midwest Student Exchange Program

24 ACT or 1160 SAT + 3.25 GPA and live in participating Midwest state $43,436 ($10,859/yr)*

Jayhawk Generations 
— Third tier

28 ACT or 1310 SAT + 3.5 GPA and be a KU legacy $51,436 ($12,859/yr)*

— Second tier

25 ACT or 1200 SAT + 3.5 GPA and be a KU legacy $30,716 ($7,679/yr)*

— First tier

24 ACT or 1160 SAT + 3.5 GPA and be a KU legacy $20,468 ($5,117/yr)*

* Partial tuition waiver.

These scholarships are available to out-of-state freshman who enroll for the semester immediately after completing high school. Students can only receive one of these scholarships at a time.

Visit scholarship detail pages for more specific requirements on the Midwest Student Exchange Program and the Jayhawk Generations scholarship.

All references to SAT scores refer to math and evidence-based reading and writing from tests taken after March 2016. For tests taken before March 2016, please use this table to convert your score.

Renewal criteria

To renew the scholarship, you must complete 30 KU hours per year and earn a cumulative 3.25 KU GPA.

 

Special scholarships for out-of-state residents

Follow additional instructions to apply for these scholarships.

Raise.me Micro-Scholarships
For students who might not otherwise consider attending college.
Deadline: Nov. 1