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Congratulations on being named a National Merit or National Hispanic Recognition finalist! Your commitment to academic excellence is something Wichita State University recognizes and holds in high regard. With a shared commitment to excellence, we believe it is of the utmost importance that you receive the opportunity to interact personally with experienced faculty who share similar values.


WSU offers highly competitive scholarships to National Merit finalists and National Hispanic Recognition finalists in order to afford students the opportunity to pursue on-campus research, involvement and other interests.

  • Estimated value of $50,000 over four years, with eligibility
  • Good for four years with eligibility
  • Open to National Merit finalists and National Hispanic Recognition finalists

These scholarships can be applied to the following direct costs:

  • $10,000 toward tuition and fees per year
  • $10,000 toward on-campus room and board for your Freshman year
  • $1,250 stipend for books at $625 per semester


What are the requirements to receive the WSU National Merit scholarship?

  • Become a National Merit Finalist or a Finalist Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program
  • Submit an application for admission to WSU by April 1
  • National Merit Finalists: Designate WSU as your number one school of choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 1
  • National Hispanic Recognition Finalists: Provide a copy of your certificate / notification letter from College Board to the Office of Financial Aid by May 1
  • Become fully admitted to WSU in a degree-bound program by May 1 of your senior year
  • Enroll at Wichita State University as a new freshman student for the fall semester by May 1


What are the renewal requirements for the WSU National Merit Scholarship?

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 at the conclusion of each semester of the academic year
  • Enroll in, and successfully complete, at least 15 credit hours each semester (Fall and Spring)
  • Note: If you have fewer than 24 hours remaining in your degree program, enrollment exceptions may be granted on an individual review based on a written request
  • Participate in one organization with your major or academic college and one organization through Student Involvement
  • Pre-register for classes for each fall semester by July 1, and each spring semester by December 1 of each year

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Why Wichita State?

Located in the educational, economic, health care and cultural center of Kansas, Wichita State provides endless opportunities for real-world training. WSU partners with the community to provide more cooperative education and internship opportunities than all other schools in Kansas--combined.

  • Challenging Honors curriculum
  • New residential Honors College
  • Hands-on research and creative opportunities
  • WSU graduates working in Kansas had highest rate of job placement and income in the state
  • Job placements include employers such as NASA, Spirit AeroSystems and Wesley Hospital's Pediatric Center
  • National Student Exchange and International Study Abroad offer opportunities to study near ancient ruins, experience fascinating cultures and enhance your college career by gaining a new perspective of the world

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Blake Molina
National Merit Liaison


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