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Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen: 2023-2024

Compared to the tuition rates at other research universities, it’s plain to see that your dollars go further at Wichita State. For example, the $16,000 Freshmen Presidential Merit Scholarship alone will cover nearly half of your tuition and fees over four years.

Add to this the quality of Wichita State's programs and the limitless resources on campus -- and becoming a Shocker makes perfect sense.

Check out our new scholarship program updates for 2023-2024!


Freshmen Merit Scholarships: $4,000 - $24,000

  • $1,000 - $4,000 a year for Kansas residents
  • $2,500 - $6,000 a year for non-residents
  • Scholarship awarded over four years with eligibility
  • Award offers are based on high school GPA and national test score (ACT/SAT).
  • December 1 Priority Date for Merit Scholarship consideration

Honors College Merit Scholarship: $1,000

Up to $500 a year over two years for incoming freshmen and transfer students who are fully admitted to Wichita State's Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College.

WSU National Merit Scholarships: $50,000

  • Open to National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Recognition Finalists
  • Annual amount varies; scholarship awarded over four years with eligibility

Shocker Neighborhood Promise Scholarship

This scholarship represents Wichita State's commitment to offer a quality, affordable education to 2022-2023 high school graduates who come from limited-income families in our surrounding Shocker Neighborhood (Oliver Road to I-135 and Central Avenue to K-96). 

Sedgwick County Promise Scholarship

This scholarship provides last-dollar tuition and fees funding to 2022-2023 high school graduates from Sedgwick County who come from limited-income families.

Even more ways to fund your success

WSU students also have access to millions in college-specific scholarships, including some of the largest annual undergraduate scholarships in the state (worth up to $64,000), plus other forms of financial aid.