Through a generous donation of Gene and Yolanda Camarena, Wichita State University offered over 20 renewable, high-impact scholarships to underrepresented students.

Shocker Adelante Scholars

The Shocker Adelante Scholars program is a tuition and fees gap scholarship geared toward incoming freshmen students and new transfer students entering Wichita State University. Preference will be given to students  with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated financial need, who would have difficulty attending college without financial support.

The scholarship is worth up to $40,000. These packages include the Adelante Scholarship and other WSU scholarship. To be eligible students must:

The scholarship is awarded as a last payee to cover tuition and fees after all other aid. Scholars also receive required mentoring and tutoring services as a resource.

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"Our goal is to provide students of color a level pathway to a college degree and the ability to participate equally in all the opportunities our country has to offer."

- Yolanda Camarena
Adelante Scholars Founder and Wichita State Graduate

Gene and Yolanda Camarena

Eligibility & Application

High school graduates or new incoming transfer students (with at least 12 transfer credit hours) who are interested in the Shocker Adelante Scholars program must apply by April 1, 2024. Start now by setting up an account on the WSU scholarship platform, ScholarshipUniverse. Login and answer questions to be matched to the Adelante Scholarship application.

Adelante - to move forward; to get ahead

Meaning of Adelante

Adelante is a Spanish word that means "to move forward" or "to get ahead."

The Camarenas chose the name "Shocker Adelante Scholars" to describe the scholarship recipients from their gift, in hopes that these students will receive the mentoring and tutoring services, while overcoming financial and cultural barriers that students can encounter during the educational process.