With six state universities, 19 community colleges, 11 technical schools, and a municipal university within its borders representing some of the best educational opportunities in the Midwest, scholarships in Kansas are crucial for pursuing a degree at these top-notch institutions.

Since students need to avoid being saddled with loan debt for untold decades after graduation, there are luckily many financial aid options without repayment offered in the “Sunflower State.” Whether you have been born and raised or are moving to the state to reach your college dreams, the following are 25 excellent scholarships specifically for students in Kansas.

1. Allene Nelson Henderson Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

In memory of Allene Nelson Henderson who graduated from the Halstead Hospital School of Nursing and worked in anesthesiology until she was almost 70 years old, Wichita State University offers the Allene Nelson Henderson Memorial Scholarship annually to undergraduate students attending the university full-time. Since selection for the non-renewable scholarship is based wholly on academic merit, it is required that all applicants have at least a 3.2 GPA.

Contact

Allene Nelson Henderson Memorial Scholarship
1845 Fairmount St.
Wichita, KS 67260
(316) 978-3456
[email protected]

2. Alma Olson and Michael T. Olson Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st

Each year, the Greater Salina Community Foundation offers the Alma Olson and Michael T. Olson Scholarship to undergraduate students who are enrolled on a full-time basis at the North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit, Kansas. In order to be eligible for the $500 scholarship award, candidates must be majoring in the building trades, such as electrician, bricklayer, heating, air conditioning, and plumbing.

Contact

Alma Olson and Michael T. Olson Scholarship
113 North 7th St. Suite 201at
P.O. Box 2876
Salina, KS 67402
(785) 823-1800
[email protected]

3. Amie Montgomery Student Ambassador Society Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

In honor of the founding member of the Student Ambassador Society (SAS) who was tragically murdered from an endowment created by her family, Wichita State University offers the Amie Montgomery Student Ambassador Society Endowed Scholarship annually to undergraduate students. With the selection for the nonrenewable scholarship based on academic merit, it is required that all candidates be members of the Student Ambassador Society with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Contact

Amie Montgomery Student Ambassador Society Endowed Scholarship
1845 Fairmount St.
Wichita, KS 67260
(316) 978-3456
[email protected]

4. Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Scholarship

Deadline: January 20th

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas offers youth camp and event scholarships to financially needy campers who would not have the opportunity to experience a faith-based camp without the financial support extended from generous donors. With no one being turned away because of finances, the scholarship is designed to provide Roman Catholic high school and college students with the funds to cover one-third of the event cost.

Contact

Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Scholarship
12615 Paralle Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66109
(913) 721-1577
[email protected]

5. Austin and Arline Rising Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

In memory of Austin and Arline Rising who spent their entire adult lives in Wichita with very active ties to the community, Wichita State University offers the Austin and Arline Rising Scholarship to undergraduate students who are enrolled at the university on a full-time basis with a strong dedication towards community service. In order to be eligible for this non-renewable award, students must submit an application and an essay detailing how they have given back to the Kansas community.

Contact

Austin and Arline Rising Scholarship
1845 Fairmount St.
Wichita, KS 67260
(316) 978-3456
[email protected]

6. Boylan Scholar Scholarship

Deadline: March 14th

Created by a special fund drive to honor the Dean of Graduate Studies from 1958 to 1966 Dr. Laurence C. Boylan, Emporia State University offers this scholarship to graduate students who are outstanding scholars. In order to be eligible for one of two awards available for $2,125 each, applicants must be admitted into a graduate program, have completed one year of study with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, demonstrate financial need, and submit a letter describing how their education relates to future goals.

Contact

Boylan Scholar Scholarship
1200 Commercial St.
Emporia, KS 66801
(620) 341-1200
[email protected]
http://www.emporia.edu/grad/scholarships-awards/laurence-c-boylan-scholarship-award.html

7. Burnadette Long Scholarship

Deadline: Varies

Endowed from a generous fund created by the USM Legacy Society Member Burnadette Long, the University of Saint Mary offers undergraduate students attending the university on a full-time basis the opportunity to achieve the $1,000 Burnadette Long Scholarship annually. Although the due date varies each year, applicants must always have good academic achievement with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good standing with the university.

Contact

Burnadette Long Scholarship
Mead Hall Room 208
4100 South 4th St.
Leavenworth, KS 66048
(913) 682-5151
[email protected]

8. Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship

Deadline: Last Friday of November

As the newest addition to the scholarship program from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship is granted in honor of the founder of Executive Beechcraft. In order to be eligible for the $2,500 scholarship for primary flight training costs, candidates must be currently enrolled in a college aviation program, have a 3.0 GPA or better, be a resident of Kansas or Missouri, and be recommended by an aviation professional.

Contact

Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship
4226 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 845-9000
[email protected]
http://www.nata.aero/Scholarships/Dan-L.-Meisinger,-Sr.-Memorial-Scholarship.aspx

9. Hatton W. Sumners Law Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th

As a prestigious nationally recognized scholarship program, the Oklahoma City University School of Law offers the Hatton W. Sumners Law Scholarship to qualified graduate students interested in pursuing law at the university who are residents from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Nebraska, or Louisiana. Eligible applicants for the renewable full-tuition award with an annual book allowance and small living stipend must demonstrate scholarly excellence through high LSAT scores and community service.

Contact

Hatton W. Sumners Law Scholarship
325 North Saint Paul St. Suite 3920
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 220-2128
[email protected]

10. Jellison Benevolent Society Inc. Scholarships

Deadline: June 20th and November 20th

The Jellison Benevolent Society Inc. provides semi-annual awards for both the fall and spring semesters to students in the Geary County area who demonstrate financial need to cover the costs of earning a higher education within Kansas. Along with the fully completed application, candidates are required to submit high school transcripts, copies of ACT and SAT test scores, at least two teacher recommendations, and parent/student tax returns.

Contact

Jellison Benevolent Society Inc. Scholarships
819 North Washington St.
Junction City, KS 66441
(913) 762-2210
[email protected]

11. KAA Airport Scholarship

Deadline: November 5th

Annually, the Kansas Association of Airports (KAA) offers a $1,500 Fred A. Tupper Airport Scholarship to students who are attending college or other postsecondary institutions with the goal of obtaining an education in aviation as well as airport personnel pursuing continuing education training. Only offered to Kansas residents over the age of 18 who are U.S. citizens, the application must be accompanied by a personal essay, letter of recommendation from sponsor, and evidence of entry into an accredited aviation program.

Contact

KAA Airport Scholarship
P.O. Box 1008
McPherson, KS 67460
(620) 241-0684
[email protected]
http://www.kansasairports.org/scholarships.html

12. Kansas All-State Academic Team Scholarship for Transfer Students

Deadline: February 13th

The Kansas Association of Community College Trustees grants the Kansas All-State Academic Team Scholarship for Transfer Students to students graduating from area community colleges who wish to continue their education by transferring to a four-year institution. Offered in varying amounts depending on transfer university, all candidates must be members of the Phi Theta Kappa All-Kansas Academic team for consideration.

Contact

Kansas All-State Academic Team Scholarship for Transfer Students
700 Southwest Jackson St. Suite 1000
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 357-5156
[email protected]

13. Kansas City Art Institute Scholarships

Deadline: February 1st

The Kansas City Art Institute provides a vast selection of scholarships to incoming freshmen who show immense promise for achievement with their talents in art and/or design. Designed to be renewed annually for a maximum of four years based on good academic standing, there are numerous scholarships that are solely awarded to students who are residents of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Nebraska.

Contact

Kansas City Art Institute Scholarships
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 802-3337
[email protected]

14. Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 1st

With the goal of helping financially needed and academically competitive students who are identified as members of any minority group, the Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship Program grants up to $1,850 each to freshmen undergraduate students who are attending a Kansas community college, private college, or state university. Candidates must have an ACT score or 21 or SAT score of 990 and higher, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and a high school rank of at least the upper 33 percent.

Contact

Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship Program
100 Southwest Jackson St. Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-3421
[email protected]

15. Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st

Offered by the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship is designed to provide partial scholarship funding and provide employment opportunities upon licensure to students who are interested in practicing as an LPN or RN within Kansas. In exchange for the scholarship, recipients must sign an agreement to practice nursing in a psychiatric hospital, medical care facility, home health agency, or local health department for one year per year of financial support.

Contact

Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship
100 Southwest Jackson St. Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-3421
[email protected]

16. Kansas State Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st

The Kansas State Scholarship program is structured to provide financial funding to assist needy students who are in the top 20 to 30 percent of their Kansas high school class and have been designated as state scholars during their senior year. To be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship, candidates must have received a certificate stating the completion of required curriculum or letter stating designation by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Contact

Kansas State Scholarship
100 Southwest Jackson St. Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-3421
[email protected]

17. Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st

Also sponsored by the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship is a merit-based service program that provides financial support to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education and currently licensed teachers pursuing master’s degrees in hard-to-fill education disciplines. In exchange for the scholarship, recipients are required to sign an agreement to teach in an underserved Kansas geographic area one year per year of support.

Contact

Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
100 Southwest Jackson St. Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-3421
[email protected]

18. Kansas Technical Workforce Grant

Deadline: May 1st

Formerly known as the Vocational Education Scholarship, the Kansas Board of Regents grants the Kansas Technical Workforce Grant to students who are enrolled in an eligible technical education program at a technical college, community college, or public four-year university within the state of Kansas. With preference placed on candidates with financial need, all applicants must be accepted into a program that offers a technical certificate or associate of applied science degree in a critical industry field.

Contact

Kansas Technical Workforce Grant
100 Southwest Jackson St. Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-3421
[email protected]

19. Karen Schuvie Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: October 31st

Designed to provide financial funding to student members of the Kansas Health Information Management Association, the Karen Schuvie Memorial Scholarship is granted to students who are enrolled in their last year of an accredited HIA or HIT program at select colleges with the goal of beginning a career as a Health Information Manager. Selection for the award is based on academic achievement, leadership potential, social consciousness, knowledge of the profession, and three letters of recommendation.

Contact

Karen Schuvie Memorial Scholarship
215 East 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 825-7340
[email protected]

20. Margaret Peck Scholarship

Deadline: January 15th

Granted by the Kansas Amateur Softball Association (ASA), the Margaret Peck Scholarship is awarded annually for $750 to students who are enrolled full-time in undergraduate studies within the jurisdiction of the association. With the promise that recipients will attend the awards banquet, eligible applicants for the non-renewable funds must have participated in the Kansas ASA as a player, umpire, scorekeeper, or coach.

Contact

Margaret Peck Scholarship
4525 West 140th St.
Leawood, KS 66224
(816) 914-4938
[email protected]

21. Midwest Student Exchange Program

Deadline: Varies

Through the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), over 100 higher education institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each others’ students at a reduced tuition rate. As the largest multi-state tuition reciprocity program in the Midwest, participating students can realize savings between $500 and $5,000 each year from lowered out-of-state tuition at both public and private universities in the program.

Contact

Midwest Student Exchange Program
100 Southwest Jackson St. Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612
(612) 677-2777
[email protected]
http://msep.mhec.org/about

22. New Theatre Guild Scholarship Endowment Fund

Deadline: Varies

The New Theatre Guild Scholarship Endowment Fund has been established to provide scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Kansas, University of Central Missouri, or University of Missouri. In order to be eligible for this award based on merit and financial need, candidates must be accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited program related to the theatrical arts industry at one of these universities in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Contact

New Theatre Guild Scholarship Endowment Fund
1055 Broadway St. Suite 130
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 842-0944
[email protected]
http://www.gkccf.org/scholarships/new-theatre-guild-scholarship-endowment-fund

23. OU Club of Kansas City Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

Sponsored by the official University of Oklahoma Club of Kansas City, the OU Club of Kansas City Scholarship has the goal of offering financial support to local Kansas City students who wish to attend the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma. Eligible applicants for the $1,000 scholarship must be entering freshmen from the Kansas City area who demonstrate financial need for covering the costs of chasing higher education dreams.

Contact

OU Club of Kansas City Scholarship
11440 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66221
(913) 626-4341

24. Sigma Phi Epsilon – Kansas Theta Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Varies

With the mission to provide scholarship funding to assist one or more eligible senior graduates from Shawnee Mission North High School, the Sigma Phi Epsilon – Kansas Theta Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity members who will be or are attending Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Eligible applicants for the $1,000 scholarship may be undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled full-time in their studies at PSU.

Contact

Sigma Phi Epsilon – Kansas Theta Scholarship Fund
1055 Broadway St. Suite 130
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 842-0944
[email protected]
http://www.gkccf.org/scholarships/sigma-phi-epsilon-kansas-theta-scholarship-fund

25. Sue A. Malone Scholarship

Deadline: October 31st

Established in honor of Sue A. Malone in 1995, the Kansas Health Information Management Association offers this scholarship to Health Information Management professionals who need financial support to advance their career with continuing education enhancement studies within Kansas. With selection based on commitment to the industry, the scholarship is only granted to RHIA students who will be pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in public health, law, business administration, public administration, or any other related degrees for the HIM profession.

Contact

Sue A. Malone Scholarship
215 East 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 825-7340
[email protected]

As the costs of attending higher education institutions continue to rise in Kansas and nationwide, it is becoming more important than ever before for students to seek out as many scholarship opportunities as possible to lessen the financial burden. Therefore, it is highly recommended that residents or students further investigate these 25 great scholarships in Kansas to cover the costs of affording their college dreams.