Linwood Sexton Scholarship

About the Scholarship

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Mr. Linwood Sexton

In 1944, a time when few African-Americans were permitted to attend college, let alone play collegiate sports, Linwood Sexton enrolled at Wichita State University on a full-ride football scholarship offered by maverick football coach, Mel Binford. He was named to the All-Missouri Valley team for three consecutive seasons (1945-47). Despite being barred from playing several away games by the hosting schools, he piled up impressive yardage as a Shocker running back. In his senior year, Sexton finished sixth in the nation with 1,014 total yards. His number, 66, was retired at the end of the season. After graduating, Sexton began his career as a teacher and later joined the Steffens Dairy Foods Co. in Wichita. Sexton worked as public relations director and area sales manager. A tireless advocate for equal opportunity and social justice, he has been honored with numerous awards for his efforts in promoting understanding and respect among people of different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

What is the Linwood Sexton Scholarship?

The Linwood Sexton scholarship is a full-ride award geared toward minority students, majoring in business or education, who demonstrate financial need. 

The scholarship covers tuition and fees up to 15 credit hours per semester at the Kansas resident rate, on-campus housing up to the Housing allowance in an on-campus Cost of Attendance with an unlimited meal plan and $625 per semester for books.  This scholarship is automatically renewable as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress.


To be eligible to compete, you must:

  • Be a 2021 high school graduate
  • Submit Wichita State application materials by the deadline
  • Be majoring in either Business or Education

Meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a minimum unweighted 3.00 GPA, and
  • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 21, or minimum SAT composite of 1060.*

*Due to delayed testing opportunities in response to the COVID-19 crisis, students admitted by December 1 may submit later ACT/SAT scores, but final scores must be on file with Wichita State no later than March 1.


Linwood Sexton scholarship applications are due Dec. 1, 2020.

Scholarship Competition Application