An affordable quality education

For you as an Ichabod, the Washburn Advantage is excellence and affordability. You no longer need ACT or SAT scores to qualify for merit scholarships. Awards are now based only on your high school grade point average (GPA). 

Washburn also offers other scholarships that are based on your interests, career aspirations, community service and academic success. 

Freshman Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Name GPA (Based on 4.0 Scale) Amount

Ichabod

4.0+ $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
Bell Tower 3.90-3.99 $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
Top Hat 3.65-3.89 $12,000 ($3,000 per year)
Bow Tie 3.40-3.64 $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
Blue & White 3.00-3.39 $4,000 ($1,000 per year)

For students who enroll for the fall full-time immediately following their high school graduation. Award amounts vary from $1,000 to $5,000 per academic year and are based on your high school GPA. Freshman merit scholarships are renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters (renewal criteria below).

  • How to apply: Students are automatically considered, no separate application required.
  • Priority deadline: February 15

  • You must submit your official or unofficial high school transcripts to Washburn University to receive an institutional scholarship. The best way to submit them is to include them with your application for admission. Awards are withdrawn if you do not submit your transcripts. 
  • Washburn University awards merit scholarships based only upon a student’s final High School GPA.  
  • Washburn will use either the weighted or unweighted GPA — whichever benefits the student most.  
  • These scholarships are awarded to domestic students who enroll in at least 12 credit hours for both the fall and spring semester immediately following their high school graduation. Students receiving discounted tuition through Washburn Tech are not eligible.
  • You must complete the FAFSA and identify Washburn University as a recipient of your information by May 1, 2023.  Washburn University’s Federal School Code is 001949. 
  • You must register for Washburn University New Student Orientation by May 1, 2023. 
  • If you feel your application warrants additional review, please contact your admissions representative.
  • Student must maintain a 3.00 Washburn University GPA and complete at least 27 hours per academic year at Washburn University, which can include any summer coursework. 
  • Scholarships are given for a student’s first bachelor’s degree or eight semesters of enrollment, whichever comes first. 
Kansas students who complete the Kansas Scholars Curriculum, will have $1,000.00 added to their first-year award.
Kansas students who complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, will have $1,000.00 added to their first-year award.
Kansas students who are designated as National Merit Finalists and select Washburn University as their number one college choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, will have $1,000.00 added to their first-year award.

Freshman Academic Scholarship Grid

Table of scholarship amounts based on GPA and ACT scores

Transfer Academic Scholarship Grid

GPA 3.0-3.24 3.25-3.5 3.51-3.75 3.76-4.0
$500 $750 $1,000 $1,500

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Transfer Academic Scholarships

GPA (Based on 4.0 Scale) Amount
3.76 - 4.0+ $3,000 ($1,500 per year)
3.51 - 3.75 $2,000 ($1,000 per year)
3.25 - 3.50 $1,500 ($750 per year)
3.00 - 3.24 $1,000 ($500 per year)

For students transferring from a community college with at least 24 credit hours and a 3.0 GPA or higher. Award amounts vary from $500 to $1,500 per academic year and are based on GPA. Transfer academic scholarships are renewable for up to four consecutive semesters (renewal criteria below). Students who previously attended a 4 year institution are not eligible.

  • How to apply: Transfer students are automatically considered, no separate application required.
  • Priority deadline: May 1

To renew, you must successfully complete a minimum of 27 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and maintain a GPA of 3.00 if you have a $500 scholarship or a GPA of 3.25 if you have a $750-1,500 scholarship.

A one-time, non-renewable $1,000 award for transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa.

  • How to apply: No separate application required, but provide documentation of membership to your admissions counselor.
  • Priority deadline: May 1

A one-time, non-renewable $1,000 scholarship for transfer students who are named to the All-Kansas Academic team.

  • How to apply: No separate application required, but provide documentation to your admissions counselor.
  • Priority deadline: May 1

Other Washburn Scholarships

Washburn also offers specialized scholarships for full-time, undergraduate students based on their interests and achievements. Transfer students are eligible for awards marked with an asterisk (*).

  • How to apply: Some specialized scholarships require an additional application. Check with your admissions counselor for more information.
  • Priority deadline: Varies

Excellence Through Diversity

  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Details: Awarded to select students who are able to demonstrate their support of a marginalized group and/or participation in an organization representing a marginalized group. To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need through completion of the FAFSA (or FAFSA Forecaster, if unable to complete FAFSA). The priority deadline for the Excellence Through Diversity scholarship application is February 15, although we will continue to award until funds are exhausted. To renew this scholarship (up to four consecutive years), recipients must be enrolled as a full-time student at Washburn University, maintain a 2.00+ GPA, continue to demonstrate financial need, and complete a minimum of 24 credit hours each academic year.
  • Excellence Through Diversity scholarship application

Finnup* 

  • Award amount: $3,000
  • Details: Awarded to students who have graduated from a high school in one of the following Kansas counties: Clark, Comanche, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Meade, Morton, Ness, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens and Wichita (county). You must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 to receive the scholarship. To renew the Finnup scholarship, you must remain in good academic standing and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. The award amount is subject to change. The priority deadline for the Finnup scholarship application is February 15, although we will continue to award until funds are exhausted.
  • Finnup scholarship application

Garvey Competitive Exam

  • Award amount: $500 - $2,000
  • Details: Awarded to students with the highest scores on the Garvey Competitive Exam, range from $500 to $2,000. The Garvey Exam is a 200 question multiple choice test with a two hour time limit used to determine Garvey Exam Scholarships. Think of the exam as a cross between the ACT/SAT and a game of Jeopardy. You must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.25 to register for the exam, which Washburn administers in the fall of your senior year. To renew the Garvey Scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Garvey scholarship information

Glatt

  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Details: Awarded to students who have graduated from a Dickinson County, Kansas, high school, have a 2.0 cumulative high school GPA, have applied for Washburn University admission and have completed a Glatt scholarship application. The priority deadline for the Glatt scholarship application is February 15, although we will continue to award until funds are exhausted. To renew the Glatt scholarship, you must remain in good academic standing and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Glatt scholarship application

Hahn

  • Award amount: $5,000
  • Details: Awarded to select students pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Students must graduate from a high school in the northwest quadrant of Kansas, with priority given to Phillips County. Secondary consideration is extended to Smith, Rooks and Norton counties, followed by the surrounding region. The award is intended for college seniors and juniors who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and are in good standing, however sophomores and freshmen may be considered.

Hindman*

  • Award amount: $3,000
  • Details: Awarded to students who graduated from a Rooks County, Kansas, high school. You can apply for renewal with a 2.0 GPA and the successful completion of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. The award amount is up to $3,000, subject to available funds. You must apply for admission, submit a Rooks County high school transcript, and submit the Hindman scholarship application. The priority deadline for the Hindman scholarship application is February 15, although we will continue to award until funds are exhausted.

Presidential & Bryden

  • Award amount: $1,000 - $2,500
  • Details: A $1,000 scholarship awarded to select students from each Shawnee County high school or home school. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be nominated by your guidance counselor. To renew the scholarship, you must maintain a GPA of 3.25 and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. 

    Homeschool Presidential scholarship application (for home school students only)

    Additionally, one freshman who is a Presidential Scholarship recipient will be awarded a Bryden Scholarship. You must submit an essay as part of the application for this scholarship, which replaces the Presidential Scholarship. To renew the Bryden Scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. 


Richey

  • Award amount: $7,000
  • Details: Awarded to select students who achieve a high school GPA of at least 3.9, earn an ACT composite score of at least 28 and who will be living on campus. The Office of Enrollment Management invites eligible students to apply. The award replaces the Freshman Academic Scholarship. To renew the Richey Scholarship, you must maintain a GPA of 3.5 and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Richey scholarship application information

Shaw*

  • Award amount: $1,250
  • Details: Awarded to select students pursuing a pre-law or pre-medicine major. To be eligible you must have applied to Washburn, a GPA of at least 3.5, an ACT score of at least 28, and a completed Shaw Scholarship application. Community college transfer students must have a college GPA of at least 3.5 and applied to Washburn. The priority deadline for the Shaw scholarship application is February 15, although we will continue to award until funds are exhausted. Incoming freshmen can renew this scholarship for eight semesters with a GPA of at least 3.5, the successful completion of 24 hours in the fall and spring semesters, and by remaining in a pre-med or pre-law major. 
  • Shaw transfer application
  • Shaw direct from high school application

Wiseman

  • Award amount: $500
  • Details: Awarded to select students who graduate from Topeka High School, Topeka West High School or Highland Park High School with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The priority deadline for the Wiseman scholarship application is February 15, although we will continue to award until funds are exhausted. To renew this scholarship, you must maintain a GPA of 2.0, complete the FAFSA and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Wiseman scholarship application

Woodbury-Ramskill*

  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Details: Available to freshmen and/or transfer students who graduated from a Rush County, Kansas, high school. To renew this scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. The priority deadline for the Woodbury-Ramskill scholarship application is February 15, although we will continue to award until funds are exhausted.

Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship

For students whose parent, grandparent, sibling or spouse is currently attending or graduated from Washburn University or Washburn Institute of Technology. Applicants (excluding first-time freshmen) and their legacy connection must be members of the Washburn Alumni Association. Although GPA is a qualifier, recipients are chosen on the basis of financial need and a legacy connection.

Mary N. Fix Natural Sciences Scholarship

This renewable scholarship is awarded to select incoming freshmen whose primary course of study is within the sciences (physics, biology, or chemistry), and may be used for tuition, fees, books, and/or living expenses. Students who are interested in teaching science at the secondary level are also eligible. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years and a fifth if you will be teaching. You are awarded through a selection process based on GPA, ACT scores, and stated area of study. Typically six students receive the Mary Fix award each year.

  • How to apply: Complete the application and submit it by email.
  • Deadline: January 28, 2022

Minority Women in STEM (for Computer Information Science and Pre-Engineering majors)

The Minority Women in STEM Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship awarded by the Washburn University College of Arts and Sciences to incoming high school students who have been successful in high school and have an interest in studying Computer Information Science or Pre-Engineering. It provides $4,000 per year for up to four years at Washburn. Four scholarships are available.

  • How to apply: Complete the application and submit it by email.
  • Deadline: February 11, 2022

Leadership Institute Scholarship

A $500 to $2,000 renewable award for students have demonstrated leadership initiative, academic excellence and participation in extra-curricular activities during high school and college. The leadership scholarship is a commitment to participating in Washburn’s Leadership Institute and is more than just an award-based scholarship. To renew a leadership scholarship you must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0, making appropriate annual progress toward the Leadership Minor or Leadership Studies Certificate, and meeting performance and program participation criteria as determined by the Leadership Institute Director.

Brunt Honors Scholarship

A $500 to $1,000 award for incoming freshmen involved in the University Honors Program. Awards are distributed to transfer students as funds are available.

Mr. Ichabod Mascot Scholarship

A $1,000 per semester renewable scholarship for students who love Washburn and our Ichabod, to perform as the university’s mascot. This scholarship is available for students who qualify and are able to enthusiastically serve a dual role as a mascot performer (in costume) and/or a mascot assistant at home athletic events, at campus events, and community events, representing the heart of the university, as long as positions are available.

Athletics Scholarships

Washburn University is an NCAA Division II school and a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Washburn competes in 14 programs: football, basketball, baseball, track, cross country, tennis and golf (in men’s sports) and volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, track, cross country and tennis (in women’s sports). Washburn’s athletic scholarships are offered by the coach of each program.

Washburn University does not determine the recipient of these awards nor determine the awarding criteria. Questions regarding these awards should be directed to the organization providing the scholarship.

The Financial Aid Office at Washburn University will only post scholarships which it believes to be legitimate in order to protect you from any scams. Please use your personal judgment before applying for any scholarships.

When you receive an external scholarship please be sure to check out these instructions and share it with the donor. 

State of Kansas Scholarships and Grants

  • Kansas Career Technical Workforce Grant
  • Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship
  • Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance
  • Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship
  • Kansas State Scholarship
  • Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
  • Kansas Military Service Scholarship

Review the application, deadlines and eligibility requirements for State of Kansas Financial Aid Programs.

Local Scholarships

These scholarships are available annually and generally open a few months before the deadline.

Kansas Masonic Scholarships

Deadline: March 15

  • General Scholarship ($1,000) – available to all Kansas residents
  • Legacy Scholarship ($1,000) – available to legacy of a Kansas Mason. The student must be one of the following to be eligible:
    • A Kansas Mason
    • Son/Daughter of a Kansas Mason
    • Member of DeMolay International for at least 2 years
    • Member of International Order of Rainbow Girls for at least 2 years
    • Member of Job’s Daughter International for at least 2 years
  • Cynthia Ruth Russell Scholarship ($5,000) – available to all Kansas residents who have a medically approved disability.

Kansas Kiwanis Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: February 1

The Kansas Kiwanis Foundation is proud to offer scholarships to deserving students who are currently enrolled in institutions of higher education.

KCA Construction Education Foundation

Deadline: February 14

The Kansas Contractors Association is offering scholarships ranging from $500 up to $2,500 for any student enrolled or intending to enroll for the 2020-21 school year, in construction management, construction science, construction engineering technology or related field of study at an accredited Kansas university, community college or technical college.

O’Brate Foundation Traditional College Scholarship Application

Deadline: May 1

The O’Brate Foundation strives to improve opportunities for disadvantaged Kansas youth by assisting with emergency needs, providing scholarships to deserving youth, and addressing stumbling blocks lying in the path on the road to success. Our Traditional College Scholarships are based on financial need, renewable and range in size from $500 to $5,000 annually.

Scholarship Toolbox Kit

Success story: Hannah Poort

Hannah Poort arrived at Washburn as a shy freshman. She ended up spending four years as a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and currently works as a third-grade teacher after graduating with her degree in Elementary Education.

Balancing work with student-teaching would have been difficult to say the least while she was at Washburn, but a scholarship helped her focus on what matters the most.

"Student-teaching was basically a job. I'm there from 7:30 to 4:30 every day, then at night I go home and grade papers and work on my lesson plan," Poort said. "Without the scholarship, I would have been very stressed about how I'm going to pay for things. This scholarship allowed me to focus on my students, which made me a better teacher for them."

Poort received the Hahn Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship that made life much easier during her final year of college.

"The Hahn Scholarship helped by taking a financial burden off me," she said. "It helped me to focus on my education. Scholarships are important because they offset a lot of the cost of tuition."


GET IN TOUCH WITH Admissions

Washburn University Admissions
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1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
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admissions@washburn.edu

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