Passage Scholars

Passage Scholars

The Passage Scholars program is designed to provide additional aid that will help students reduce the number of hours they work each semester and provide an opportunity to engage fully in a variety of on-campus activities and organizations.

This is a special award for at least ten first-generation students with financial need. In addition, recipients of this scholars program will be required to be actively engaged and participate in Passage 2 Success, a week-long retreat for incoming freshmen from diverse backgrounds to help in their transition to Wichita State University. Awards are dispersed in the amounts ranging from $2,000-$5,000 per academic year.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to compete, you must:

  • Be an admitted student of Wichita State University (otherwise, be a high school graduate and submit application materials to Wichita State University)
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)
  • Students who are ineligible to complete a FAFSA will be contacted to provide a separate statement describing their financial need
  • Be a registered participant in Passage 2 Success, while actively participating and engaging in the program

How to Apply?


  1. Scholarship recipients will be expected to devote and record time each week for studying and tutoring. Students are advised to spend two to three (2-3) hours outside classwork per week for each unit of credit they carry, with eight to ten (8-10) hours of required structured tutoring.
  2. Recipients will be required to meet bi-weekly with an assigned mentor.
  3. Recipients will also be required to be actively involved in one on-campus student organization.
  4. Recipients must meet with the Office for Student Money Management to complete a financial plan by the end of the first semester.
  5. Renewable undergraduate scholarships are automatically considered for renewal so long as funds remain available and the student: retains a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above (or that required by a particular scholarship's criteria) and successfully completes a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year.

Kiah Nesbitt, 2017 Passage Scholar

From a Passage Scholar

As an Overland Park resident, coming to Wichita State University was definitely a change. I had to learn to acclimate myself to a whole new city. While I was attending Passage 2 Success, I was able to have a better forecast of my collegiate journey.

This program affected me in many ways, as I received a scholarship from attending the program, networking with faculty and staff, and utilizing more resources on campus. As to this very day, I still communicate with other students on campus who attended Passage 2 Success with me.

- Kiah Nesbitt
2017 Passage Scholar

Become a Passage Scholar

The deadline to complete the Passage Scholars application is Friday, July 1, 2022. Don't miss out on this opportunity to become a Passage Scholar during your journey in Passage 2 Success!