Scholarships & Grants


This page will provide information on various scholarships and grants from Emporia State University and other organizations for new and continuing students. Please note the various application deadlines.

Emporia State University

Presidential Scholarships

New Freshmen/Transfer Students  

Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends provide high levels of financial support to recruit and retain outstanding Hornets!  Since January 2012 the Emporia State University Foundation has raised more than $18M in scholarship support through Now and Forever:  The Campaign for Emporia State University, with more than $9M being designated for the Presidential Scholarship program.  It is not necessary to complete a separate application if you qualify for these scholarships as your admission application is used to determine your eligibility.  In order to be eligible for these scholarships, you must:

Students who complete 30 hours between the summer, fall and spring semesters (must be enrolled in at least 12 hours each for fall and spring) will be considered for their remaining Presidential Scholarship eligibility.
Transfer students who first attend during the spring semester and complete 15 credit hours will be considered for their remaining Presidential Scholarship eligibility.

Emporia State University

General Scholarships

All Students  

These scholarships are supported by alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of Emporia State University.  Students who are not eligible for the ESU Hornet, ESU Foundation, ESU Presidential, and the ESU Transfer Scholarship are invited to complete the ESU General Scholarship application. 

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The Jones Foundation

Coffey, Lyon, and Osage County Students

The Walter S. & Evan C. Jones Foundation provides an educational grant program as well as a tuition voucher program for residents of Coffey, Lyon, and Osage counties.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities (May Require Separate Application)

Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority Iota Chapter Alumni Scholarship
Capitol Federal Savings Scholarship
University Support Staff Dependent/Child Scholarship
Clegg Scholarship
Departmental Scholarships
The Dirty Kanza Academic Scholarship
Disability Scholarship
Educ. Opportunity Fund Grant
Elberta Harris Scholarship
Emporia Connection Legacy Scholarship
Endly Memorial Scholarship
Graduate Students
Headrick Scholarship
James Patterson Education Scholarship
Jones Foundation Grant
Kansas County Clerks' and Election Officials' Association (KCCEOA)
Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation Health Care Scholarships
Latino Legacy Scholarship
Moon Title & Escrow Scholarship 
Non-Institutional Scholarships (Including Scholarship Search Sites)
Phi Theta Kappa Membership Scholarship
Scholarships for Minority Students
Shepherd Scholarship
Single Parent With Children Scholarship
State of Kansas Scholarships
Tuition Assistance Programs for ESU Employees, Spouses, and Eligible Dependents
Undocumented Students Scholarships
Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship

Activity Scholarships and Talent Awards (To Top)

(may require audition or portfolio submission)


Derek Wilkinson



Jacob Stutzman



Allan Comstock



James Bartruff


Please check with the appropriate department regarding audition dates.

Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority Iota Chapter Alumni Scholarship (To Top)

The Alumni of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority at Emporia State University are looking for outstanding students who exemplify excellence in leadership, academics, and community involvement to award $1,000 scholarships for the 2015 - 2016 academic school year. The application requirements are:

  • The student must be a full-time student enrolled in a minimum of twelve credit hours.
  • The student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The student must complete and submit an application form postmarked no later than April 29, 2015
  • The student must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Be an active member in good standing in the Iota chapter of Alpha   Sigma Tau at Emporia State University,
    • Be a relative of an alumnus of the Iota Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau,
    • Be an education major at Emporia State University
The application is now closed. 

Athletic Scholarships (To Top)

ESU is a member of Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). All scholarship policies are governed by the regulations and policies of the NCAA and of the MIAA. The NCAA's Guide to the College Bound Student Athlete (PDF) may be useful to individuals interested in participating in ESU athletics.

• Football: Garin Higgins, Head Coach -
• Volleyball: Bing Xu, Head Coach -
• Men's Basketball: Shaun Vandiver, Head Coach -
• Women's Basketball: Jory Collins-
• Baseball: Robert Fornelli, Head Coach -
• Track and Field/Cross Country: Steve Blocker, Head Coach - 
• Tennis: John Cayton, Head Coach -
• Softball: April Huddleston, Head Coach -
• Soccer: Bryan Sailer, Head Coach - 
• Cheerleading: Angela Blaufuss Nunley -

For additional information, visit the ESU Sports Information page or call the Athletics Office at 620.341.5354.

Capitol Federal Savings Scholarship (To Top)

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students who graduated from Kansas high schools, are pursuing a degree from the School of Business and have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA. First preference will be given to students from Emporia, Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan, Topeka and Wichita. 

  • Freshman = $2,300
  • Sophomore = $2,500
  • Junior = $2,800
  • Senior = $3,000
  • Graduate = $3,300

Contact the School of Business 620.341.5225 for more information.

University Support Staff Dependent/Child Scholarship(To Top)

This scholarship's purpose is to provide children and/or dependents of Emporia State University University Support Staff personnel access to a scholarship, regardless of their dependency.

The application is closed.

Stephen & Karen Kohler Clegg Scholarship (To Top)

The Stephen and Karen Kohler Clegg Scholarship was established to support students who are pursuing a secondary education degree in mathematics or science.  To be considered for this scholarship applicants must:

  • Be classified as a junior at the beginning of the 2015 fall term
  • Have a minimum 3.25 cgpa
  • Be pursuing a secondary education degree in math or science
  • Have financial need
  • Be a graduate of a Kansas high school
  • Submit application along with required essay of why the applicant has chosen teaching as a profession
The application period is currently closed. 

Departmental Scholarships (To Top)

Scholarship eligibility requirements are determined by the individual departments. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to the appropriate department.

Derek Wilkinson 
Biology Eric Yang
Stephen Catt
Counselor Education
James Costello
Debate Jacob Stutzman
Disability Services Dodie Davis

Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education

Undergraduate Programs

Adaptive Special Education

Gifted Special Education

Sharon Brown (Undergraduate programs)

Sharon Pittman (Adaptive Special Education)

Connie Phelps (Gifted Special Education) 

English, Creative Writing, Journalism
Amy Sage-Webb
Graduate Studies
Kathy Ermler
Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Shawna Shane
Honors College
Brenda Wiggins
Instructional Design & Technology
Zeni Colorado
International Education Neucasha Greene
Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Economics
Joe Yanik
Modern Languages
William Clamurro
Allan Comstock
Nursing Linda Adams-Wendling

Physical Sciences Kim Simons
Psychology Jim Persinger 
School of Business
John Rich
School of Library and Information Management
Candace Kitselman
Social Sciences

Michael Smith

Ellen Hansen 

Sociology and Anthropology Debbie Roether
Jim Bartruff

The Dirty Kanza Academic Scholarship (To Top)

Applications for the Dirty Kanza Academic Scholarship are now available.

To be eligible students must:

  • Completed application
  • Be a full time student
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Letter of reference
  • Essay describing what a healthy lifestyle means to you and explain as a professional how you intend to impact others to lead healthier lifestyles
  • 1st preference to health promotion and recreation majors

Deadline: 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Applications are available here or in the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services, Plumb Hall Room 103.

Email for more information.

Disability Scholarship (To Top)

Please visit the Disability Services website for more information.

Educational Opportunity Fund Grant (To Top)

Applications for the Educational Opportunity Fund Grant program are available November 10th through February 12th in Financial Aid, 103 Plumb Hall or the Center for Student Involvement office, Memorial Union.

The application is closed.

Elberta Harris Scholarship (To Top)

Deadline of November 15.  For incoming freshmen and continuing undergraduate students who have graduated from Johnson County, Kansas, high schools and are pursuing teaching degrees. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, application, essay, letters of recommendation, transcript, and application for admission to ESU.  Contact the Dean of The Teachers College for more information at 620.341.5367.

The application is now closed.

Emporia Connection Legacy Scholarship (To Top)

The Emporia Connection is the official alumni chapter designed to strengthen ties between African American alumni, current and prospective ESU students and the University. The group is comprised of six decades of alumni who live throughout the U.S. The Alumni Association had challenged chapters to create a “legacy” – therefore the Emporia Connection Scholarship was born. Applicants must be a entering freshman or new transfer student and have minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. All majors are welcome to apply.

The application is now closed.  

Endly Memorial Scholarship (To Top)

H. Merle Endly, whose family has a long history with Emporia State University dating back to early 1900s when ESU was Kansas State Normal School, established this scholarship to honor his sister Virginia Endly. The scholarship will be equal to current undergraduate in-state tuition and fees, the current Resident Hall fee (double room) including the full meal plan, and the current average cost of books for a full-time student in good academic standing. Recipients are eligible to reapply.  Graduate and undergraduate students may apply.  Current ESU students may submit an unofficial transcript from BuzzIn.

The application is closed.

Graduate Students (To Top)

Qualifying graduate students are eligible for Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships, and Endowed Funds For Graduate Student Support.

For more information visit Graduate Studies.

Headrick Scholarship (To Top)

The Headrick Scholarship was established at the Emporia State University Endowment Association with a generous gift from the estate of Mary Frances Headrick after her death in November, 2000.  This gift was left for the descendants of her parents, Richard Byron and Mary Frances Barnett Headrick, to provide scholarship funds for higher education. 

Persons eligible to receive distributions of the earnings shall be descendants of Richard Byron and Mary Frances Barnett Headrick --  either by blood relation or by legal adoption -- and shall include the legal spouses of such descendants. 

For more information visit  The Headrick Scholarship website:

James Patterson Education Scholarship (To Top)

Author James Patterson (, has created a new $6,000 scholarship for incoming freshman teacher education majors. To be considered for the James Patterson Education Scholarship, an application and the corresponding materials (as outlined on the application) must be submitted as an email with the files titled to include your name to by midnight, Monday, June 23.  Applicants selected as finalists will be notified and interviewed by the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship Selection Committee and eight recipients will be chosen.

The application is closed.

Jones Foundation Grant (To Top)

Residents of Coffey, Lyon, or Osage counties in Kansas for 1 year or more may apply for this educational grant. This does not include those moving to these counties for post-secondary educational purposes.

Visit the Jones Foundation website or contact their office at 620.342.1714 for more information.

Jones Foundation Tuition Voucher (To Top)

Residents of Coffey, Lyon, or Osage counties in Kansas for 1 year or more at the time of their graduating from high school and who immediately enrolled in an institution of higher education in the fall semester following their graduation are eligible for this $1,000 voucher.  The program begins with 2008 high school graduates.  Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more hours) to receive the voucher.  The voucher is renewable up to four years and will be renewed if the student passes 12 hours each of the fall and spring semesters and has a 2.0 cumulative GPA.  This program is administered by the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services.

Kansas County Clerks' and Election Officials' Scholarship (KCCEOA) (To Top)

The Kansas County Clerks’ and Election Officials' Association awards ten to twelve $500.00 scholarships annually to Kansas High School seniors and college freshmen and sophomores, provided the carry a minimum 3.0 GPA.

The scholarships are for those students who major in Journalism, Political Science or Communications.  This scholarship has been in place for several years and was started by the funds of the KCCEOA received from the Associated Press and major news outlets for election night reporting.  The bulk of the funding now comes from donations and from funds received through a silent auction held annually at the spring conference of the association.  Conference participants bring items either donated or purchased for the auction and the conference attendees bid on them throughout the conference. 

This scholarship program has awarded hundreds of scholarships to the youth of Kansas over the years and hopes to continue to do so in the years to come. 

Please visit for application instructions.

Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation Health Care Scholarships (To Top)

March 31st marks the deadline to postmark your application for the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation Health Care Scholarships.  

The following scholarships are available for the 2015-2016 academic year: 

  • Nursing: Applications will be accepted in this category from individuals seeking an undergraduate degree in nursing. (KHERF)
  • Graduate: Any individual pursuing any discipline in health care is eligible to apply. (KHERF)
  • Future Faculty: Individuals interested in becoming an undergraduate or graduate faculty member at a nursing or allied health program are encouraged to apply. (KHERF)
  • Other Health Care: Applications accepted from those seeking degrees or certifications in other health care. (KHERF)
  • Health Care Administration: Future health care leaders are eligible to apply. (KAHCE)
  • Human Resources: Those pursuing a health care human resource degree are encouraged to apply. (KHHRA)
  • Health Information Technology: Applications accepted from those seeking degrees or certification in an HIT-related technical field. (KSHIMSS) 

Priority will be given to professions and regions experiencing shortages in Kansas.   Find applications and eligibility requirements on the KHERF Web site at  If you have any questions or need further information, you may call 785.233.7436 or email Susan Cunningham.

Latino Legacy Scholarship (To Top)

The Latino Legacy Scholarship has been established by the FIFHA Committee at Emporia State University to help and assist students in need of financial help.

  • Students must be entering freshman or transfer students
  • Students of any major may apply
  • Students applying must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Attach academic transcript

Application deadline is Friday, May 13, 2016.

Applications are available here or in the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services, Plumb Hall 103.

For additional information email Roxana Peraza,

Moon Title & Escrow Scholarship (To Top)

To be eligible students must:

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be a full time student for the 2016-17 academic year;
  • Graduated from a high school in one of the following counties: Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Osage, or Wabaunsee;
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

 Applications are available here or may be picked up in the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services, Plumb Hall 103.

 Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, June 10 , 2016

Non-Institutional Scholarships (To Top)

There may be a number of privately-funded scholarship opportunities available to you from local sources. Contact your counselor for information on possible scholarship sources. Students and parents should also check with their employers to see whether some type of assistance programs may exist. 

Should you receive a non-institutional (non-ESU) scholarship, we ask that you notify us of the amount and source of the award. By law, we must include the award as part of your financial aid package.

The Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services has partnered with American Student Assistance to provide all Emporia State University students free access to SALT Money, a financial education website. You can utilize SALT Money's scholarship search database to find outside scholarships by visiting the link below:

Phi Theta Kappa Membership Scholarship (To Top)

New transfers starting at ESU each fall and spring, who have been active members of Phi Theta Kappa, are eligible for the PTK Member Scholarship.

First semester at Emporia State: Fall 2015

  • Students are eligible for a one-time award of $1,000, and will be distributed as $500 in the fall, and $500 in the spring.
  • Students designated as All-State Academic Team Members are eligible for a one-time award of $500, and will be distributed as $250 in the fall and $250 in the spring.

First semester at Emporia State: Spring 2016

  • Students are eligible for $500, and will be distributed in the spring.
  • Students designated as All-State Academic Team Members are eligible for $250, and will be distributed in the spring.

To receive the award; apply for admission to ESU at, and send your transcripts and PTK membership information to the Admissions Office. For students starting in the Fall 2015 semester, the other half of the award will be awarded if 10 hours are successfully completed with a 2.5 GPA.

For more information, please contact the Admissions office by email or by calling 877.468.6378.

Scholarships for Minority Students (To Top)

The link below provides scholarship opportunities for minority students.

If you have any questions about a particular scholarship, please contact that scholarship directly.

Shepherd Scholarship (To Top)

Must be a continuing undergraduate student with a minimum 60 hours, two faculty letters of recommendation, sample of best scholarly work, letter of application and transcript.  

  • $1,200

Contact the ESU Honors Program Director, Dr. Gary Wyatt, for more information at 620.341.5899, or visit the website at

Single Parent With Children Scholarship (To Top)

The Single Parents with Children Scholarship is a fund that has been established to assist single, divorced or widowed Emporia State University students who are raising children and attending school simultaneously.  Scholarship funds in the amount of $2,000 are awarded for the academic year, with half of the disbursement in the fall semester and the remainder in the spring semester.

The following are the eligibility requirements for the Single Parents with Children (SPC) Scholarship.  

The recipient must:

  1. Be a single parent with primary, sole, or joint custody of their child or children.
  2. Achieve and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  3. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year in which the scholarship is to be awarded.
  4. Demonstrate financial need based on their FAFSA.
  5. Be enrolled at ESU in at least 12 credit hours for the fall semester of the scholarship year for undergraduate, or 7 credit hours for graduate students.

This scholarship is renewable for a total of four years. 

Recipients seeking a renewed scholarship must:

  1. Continue to meet all of the eligibility requirements listed in the section above.
  2. Submit a new application each year (including all materials except letters of recommendation).
  3. Complete 12 or more credit hours for undergraduate (7 credit hours or more for graduate students) per semester and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  4. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress will result in a one semester probation period.  The scholarship will be forfeited on the second failure to meet credit hours and GPA requirements.

The application is closed.

State of Kansas Scholarships (To Top)

There are a number of scholarship programs through the Kansas Board of Regents. These include:

  • Kansas State Scholarship
  • Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
  • Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship
  • Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship
  • Kansas Military Scholarship

A number of other programs are also available, including some for graduate students. The Kansas Board of Regents website will provide additional information, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines.  Amount of award and criteria vary depending on award.

For more information, visit Kansas Board of Regents at or call the ESU Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services at 620.341.5457 or 800.896.0567.

Tuition Assistance Programs for ESU Employees, Spouses, and Eligible Dependents (To Top)

Recognizing the importance of continuing education, Emporia State University provides tuition assistance to benefit-eligible employees of the University, their spouses, and eligible dependents.  The benefit is available for a course or courses taken at ESU.

University employees in benefit eligible positions employed at least 50% time enrolled in courses will receive a waiver of the campus privilege fees for whatever number of hours are taken. Employees will be assessed tuition at the per credit hour rate up to the full time campus tuition rate. The tuition assessed at the per hour rate and the fee waiver is applicable only during the employee's appointment.  Participants in the Spouse and Dependent Tuition Waiver Program are required to pay all applicable fees.

For more information:

Contact the Human Resources department at 620.341.5379 for more information.

Undocumented Students Scholarships (To Top)

The link below is a handout of scholarship opportunities for undocumented students. If you have any questions about a particular scholarship please contact that scholarship directly. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Tip Sheet for Undocumented Students

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship (To Top)

New freshmen starting at ESU who are named the Class Valedictorian, or are ranked 1 in their class, are eligible for a one time $500 award.

New freshmen starting at ESU who are named Class Salutatorian, or are ranked 2 in their class, are eligible for a one time $250 award.

For more information, please contact the Admissions office by email or by calling 877.468.6378.