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Rudd Scholarship

Incoming Freshman Full-Ride Opportunity

The Rudd Scholarship is a Kansas program for Kansas residents who qualify for a Pell Grant and have the grit and determination to achieve their long-term goals. This program believes in the Midwestern values of humility, hard work and integrity; the very values that make Kansas and its people great.

The drive: to help the brightest Kansas minds stay in Kansas and build new businesses, teach in schools, lead in communities and achieve excellence in all that they do right here in Kansas.

This scholarship is a competitive, 4-year award designed to pay any remaining costs associated with tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board after accounting for all other grants, scholarships and financial awards. Forty scholarships are available.


Applicants must:

  • be a US Citizen or a permanent resident
  • be a resident of Kansas and qualify for in-state tuition
  • maintain a 3.0 unweighted GPA
  • graduate high school in 2024 and enroll full-time in the Fall
  • demonstrate financial need (Pell-eligible)
  • on track to graduate in 4 years
  • must be admitted and attend either Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State University, or Wichita State University.

Requirements of Scholars include:

  • Living on campus in pre-approved dormitories/rooms
  • Active members of the Rudd Scholar Program and getting to know the other scholars through attendance at the Scholar Recognition Dinner, Back-toSchool reception, occasional cohort summits on life skills and career topics, guest speakers, regular advising meetings, internship assistance, networking opportunities, etc.

Selection is based on the aptitude to succeed at the collegiate level, graduate in 4 years, and be a productive and contributing member of their chosen profession, community, and society as a whole.

For additional details and deadlines, please visit the Rudd Foundation website.