Wichita State University has refocused and resized its scholarship program to expand opportunities for prospective and academically qualified students.

WSU Merit Scholarships LogoScholarships for the Freshmen Merit Program will award up to $16,000 over four years for Kansas Residents; higher for out of state students without tuition waivers. The scholarships, which span from $1,000 per year to $4,000 per year, will be offered on a weekly basis with a December 1 priority date. Awards after that date will be based on availability of funds.

“The goal of the merit scholarship program is to reward a wider range of students for their academic excellence, while helping with money to fund their educational experience at Wichita State,” said Sheelu Surender, director of financial aid at WSU.

One key change is refocusing WSU’s scholarship programs so that students can pursue a WSU education with the aid of a renewable merit scholarship during a four-year period of time.

A second change eliminates the need for students to submit a separate scholarship application. All newly admitted students who are qualified will receive an offer as long as money is available.

“With the new scholarship program, students should know within days of being admitted to WSU what they can expect to receive,” said Surender.

In addition to the Freshmen Merit Program, WSU also has a National Merit Scholarship Program, Transfer Merit Scholarship Program and Honors College Scholarship Program.

Media Contact: Sheelu Surender, sheelu.surender@wichita.edu.

WSU Freshmen Merit Scholarships

Name Kansas resident* Non-resident*
Presidential Merit Scholarship $16,000 $24,000
Morrison Merit Scholarship $14,000 $20,000
Founders Merit Scholarship $12,000 $16,000
Heritage Merit Scholarship $8,000 $12,000
Fairmount Merit Scholarship $4,000 $10,000

* Figures show scholarship amounts over a four-year period.

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WSU Transfer Merit Scholarships

Name GPA Range Amount**
Transfer Merit Scholarship 3.5 to 4.0 GPA $6,000
Transfer Merit Scholarship 3.25 to 3.49 GPA $4,000

** Figures for Transfer Merit Scholarships show scholarship amounts over a two-year period.

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WSU National Merit Scholarships

Name Amount*
National Merit Scholarship Estimated value: $50,000

* Figures show estimated scholarship amounts over a four-year period.

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WSU Honors College Scholarship

Name Amount
Honors College Scholarship Up to $1,000, over two years

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