Scholarships for Incoming First-Year Students

Honors College Merit Scholarship

The Honors College Merit Scholarship awards $500 a year for up to four years to new incoming freshmen and up to two years for new incoming transfer students who are admitted to Wichita State University and are accepted to the Cohen Honors College by the December 1 priority date for consideration. After December 1, merit scholarships will be awarded on a funds available basis. 

To apply for the Cohen Honors College Merit Scholarship, students must submit:

Lenora McGregor Endowed Scholarship

The Lenora McGregor Endowed Scholarship awards up to $26,000 for up to four years of study to an incoming freshmen student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the past, has an academic vision for the future and who expresses an interest in advancing knowledge through individual learning. 

To be eligible to compete, you must:

  • Be a current high school senior
  • Have a minimum unweighted 3.7 GPA, or
  • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 27, or
  • Have a minimum SAT composite of 1280

To apply for the McGregor Scholarship, students must submit:

Koch Scholars Scholarship Program

The Koch Scholars scholarships award up to $30,000 (in-state) or $45,000 (out-of-state) for up to four years of study to incoming Honors freshmen students declaring a major in computer engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, accounting, economics, finance or management information systems.

To be eligible to compete, you must:

  • Be a current high school senior
  • Have a minimum unweighted 3.7 GPA, or
  • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 27, or
  • Have a minimum SAT composite of 1280

To apply for the Koch Scholarship, students must submit:

Koch Scholars must remain in good standing in the Cohen Honors College and participate in 3-4 Koch Scholars events or workshops organized by the Honors College each academic year. Koch Scholars are expected to live in the residence halls their freshman year.

Koch Scholars Program Activities

The Cohen Honors College plans numerous activities throughout the year to strengthen the Scholars' relationships with one another and with staff from Koch Industries. Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Scholars’ Fall Picnic – for incoming and current Scholars and Honors faculty
  • Scholars and Mentors Brunch – for graduating seniors
  • Community Service opportunities
  • Social events such as game night, ice cream social and lunch
  • Leadership: students may attend leadership workshops on campus and have the option of pursuing the Honors leadership track
  • Mentors: students are expected to apply to shadow or intern with representatives from the company
Renewal Requirements

To remain in good standing in the Cohen Honors College and continue receiving your Merit, Koch and McGregor Scholarships you must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and complete at least 3 Honors credits each year or complete a 12-credit Honors track
  • Enroll in and successfully complete at least 30 credit hours each academic year. If you are not receiving a scholarship, you must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester (fall and spring).

NOTE: If students have fewer than 24 hours remaining in their degree program, enrollment exceptions may be granted on an individual review based on a written request.

Scholarships for Current Honors Students

Cohen Enhancement Scholarships

A generous gift from Dorothy and Bill Cohen allows the Cohen Honors College to fulfill its mission of joining knowledge and innovation to grow visionaries. Cohen Enhancement Scholarships of up to $4000 support current Honors students in activities such as study abroad, National Student Exchange, unpaid internships, national conferences, undergraduate research or service learning

Apply for Cohen Enhancement Scholarship 

Application deadlines: June 15, October 15, and Feb 1

Additional review on March 15 if funds are available. 

Applicants will be notified of results two weeks after the deadline. 

National Scholarships and Fellowships

The Cohen Honors College advises all WSU students, including Honors students, applying for competitive National Scholarships such as the Rhodes, Truman and Fulbright. Read through the general information sheet and make an appointment with the Cohen Honors College to talk about your application.