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Scholarships

Scholarships are available to current + future Emporia State students

ESU provides millions of scholarship dollars each year

Earning your degree from ESU will be one of the best investments you will ever make. ESU offers academic, transfer, out-of-state, international and departmental scholarships to eligible students. Due, in part, to our massive amount of scholarships, Hornets graduate with less student debt than any other public university in Kansas.

Important Dates

  • FAFSA applications opened on Oct. 1.
  • The application period for 2021-22 ESU scholarships opens on Nov. 2 (see link to library below).
  • Be admitted as an ESU student by priority date of Feb. 1 to be eligible for the most ESU departmental scholarships in the library.

Get started

If you're ready to get started, visit the scholarship library.

Scholarship Portal

Apply for ESU scholarships by following this link to the scholarship portal.


Check Deadlines

Be sure to check for deadlines!

Scholarships not located in library

These scholarships are not located in the scholarship library. Visit the links below to learn more about these scholarships.

Presidential Scholarship

The renewable Presidential Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen based on ACT/SAT score and GPA. First-time ESU transfer students with 24 or more transferable credit hours are also eligible for this scholarship based on their GPA. For the 2021-2022 academic year, a GPA-only scholarship is available to incoming freshmen unable to take the ACT/SAT or those who scored lower than a 21 on the ACT.

View Presidential Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships

A number of graduate scholarships are available through the Graduate School to assist both online and face-to-face students.

Graduate Scholarships

Non-ESU Scholarships

Find information on scholarships including the Student Foundation Emergency Scholarship, Rudd Scholarship, Kansas County Clerk's and Elections Officials Scholarship, Headrick, Jones Foundation Scholarships and American Business Women's Association Scholarship.

View additional scholarships

Athletic scholarships

Several scholarships are available to incoming athletes.

View athletic scholarship contacts


Tuition Waiver Programs

ESU also has tuition discount programs including Corky Plus and MSEP and NEARR. Students who live in certain counties in Missouri are eligible for Corky Plus. The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Ohio.