Through a generous donation of Gene and Yolanda Camarena, Wichita State University is able to offer 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 who are of Black and/or Hispanic/Latino heritage with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated financial need.

The scholarship covers tuition and fees up to 15 credit hours per semester at the Kansas resident rate. The scholarship is valued up to a total of $20,000 over four years and will be awarded as a last payee to cover tuition and fees after all other gift aid; approximately $8,000 - $20,000 for new freshmen and $4,000 -$10,000 for new transfers. This scholarship is automatically renewable as long as the student maintains a minimum 2.5 university GPA and has completed at least 30 credit hours each academic year. In addition to the scholarship, recipients will receive mentoring and tutoring services to help them succeed on their pathway to a college degree.


"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 submit an application by the deadline determined by the Office of Financial Aid each year. For eligibility requirements and details on the application process, visit the Adelante Scholars scholarship page.

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.