2024-2025 Scholarship Applications Are Now Open!

Now is the time to apply for a School of Business scholarship for next year.  School of Business scholarships do not automatically renew, so if you received one this year, it is important that you re-apply for next year.  If you did not get an award this year, that’s okay, you can still apply for an award next year.  To be eligible for an award, you must:

  • Be declared as a Business student and be making normal progress towards a BBA (all majors) or BA in Economics degree
  • Maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.25 or higher (the higher the GPA, the better the award)
  • Submit this year’s School of Business Scholarship Application Form no later than February 15, 2024


In recognition of the quality of School of Business programs, many alumni, community leaders, and organizations have given generously to support academic excellence with financial aid for students. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to offer scholarships to both incoming and current business students who meet the requirements.

Student Awards Matrix

Overall GPA

Award Amount

4.00 (or higher) $2,500
3.75 $2,000
3.50 $1,500
3.25 $1,000


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Must have officially declared a major within the School of Business in one of the following:
    • Accounting
    • Business Data Analytics
    • Economics
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • Finance
    • General Business
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
  • Award amounts based on full-time status (12 credit hours or more)
  • For first consideration, apply by February 15
  • Students must renew their application every year
  • Award amount is divided between Fall and Spring semesters
  • This scholarship can be "stacked" on top of other scholarships
Kelli Coldiron Photo


"It has been an honor to be the recipient of Business Scholarships throughout my pursuit of a BBA in Economics and Finance.  I have used the financial stability offered by the scholarships to pursue my passions for people, academics and building a stronger community.  I am grateful for the generosity of others who have allowed me to gain an education and will soon be able to return the favor for the future generation of proud Ichabods!"

– Kelli Coldiron, BBA Economics and Finance, 2012

How to Apply for School of Business Scholarships

It is our hope to provide a scholarship to each and every student that has an interest in a Business program who satisfies the eligibility requirements. Scholarships from the School of Business are awarded in different tiers:

  1. Academic Awards – The first tier is based solely on academic achievement and looks at a student’s status and cumulative GPA.  The award follows the matrix tables posted above
  2. Marcoux Awards – Second-tier scholarships also take into account a students’ extracurricular activities and how they are using those experiences to build leadership skills. 
  3. Pollak Awards – Third-tier scholarship in which the Dean selects from the cream-of-the-crop of Marcoux applicants for a full-ride scholarship (12 hours in Fall, 12 hours in Spring).  This award is typically only given to one or two students, dependent on funds.
  4. Excellent 8 Awards – Fourth-tier scholarship in which faculty nominate a student from each major program within the School of Business (currently eight programs: Accounting, Business Data Analytics, Economics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance, International Business, Management and Marketing) This award is not dependent on GPA, but rather is awarded to the student the faculty believes best represents the core values of that program for the Washburn University School of Business.

The School of Business scholarship application for the 2024-2025 academic year will be available beginning December 2023. Applications are due February 15 each year.

In addition to our traditional department awards, students who will be participating in a study abroad program may receive financial assistance through our Study Abroad Scholarship. This award may be granted for short-term or long-term programs with deadline dates as follows:

  • April 1 for Summer and Fall study
  • December 1 for Spring study

Most students who qualify for a School of Business scholarship will also qualify for a Washburn University Academic scholarship. For more information about scholarships outside of the School of Business, please contact our admissions office at 785-670-1030, toll free at 1-800-332-0291, or email Admissions and ask for the brochure "Introduction to Financial Aid & Scholarships." Every student who visits Washburn should be given this brochure as part of their new student packet or you may pick one up at the Student One Stop in Morgan Hall. Students who need to renew their Washburn University Academic Scholarship should do so with the Financial Aid Office located in the Student One Stop in Morgan Hall.

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