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.  If you receive institutional scholarship funding, please note that you may be contacted to complete a thank-you note as part of the stipulations to retain the spring portion of your scholarship along with meeting the academic criteria.

Non-Kansas Residents qualify for special tuition rates and scholarships. See our Tuition and Costs page and the Sunflower Scholarship page for Non-Kansas residents for more information.

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 our generous donors have given more than $30M in scholarship support with more than $13M 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:

  • meet the eligibility requirements
  • be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours each fall and spring semesters
  • maintain a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Complete a thank you note. You will be contacted with information in the fall semester regarding how to complete this process.

Non-Kansas Residents qualify for special tuition rates and scholarships. See our Tuition and Costs page and the Sunflower Scholarship page for Non-Kansas residents for more information.

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.

Sunflower Scholarship

A $5,0000 scholarship for non-Kansas Residents that do not qualify for MSEP, NEARR, Corky Plus or have International Agreement. Learn more about it here


Additional Scholarship Opportunities (May Require Separate Application)

Activity Scholarships & Talent Awards
Athletic Scholarships
American Business Women's Association Scholarship
Capitol Federal Savings Scholarship
University Support Staff Dependent/Child Scholarship
Clegg Scholarship
Departmental Scholarships
Dirty Kanza Academic Scholarship
Disability Scholarship
Educ. Opportunity Fund Grant
Elberta Harris Scholarship
Emporia Connection Legacy Scholarship
Endly Memorial Scholarship
Graduate Students
Headrick Scholarship
Jones Foundation Grant
Kansas County Clerks' and Election Officials' Association (KCCEOA)
Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation Health Care Scholarships
Kevin O'Connor Scholarship
Latino Legacy Scholarship
Moon Title & Escrow Scholarship 
Newman Regional Health Auxiliary Scholarship Fund
Non-Institutional Scholarships
Phi Theta Kappa Membership Scholarship
Rudd Scholarship - Incoming Freshman Full-ride Opportunity
Scholarships for Minority Students
Shepherd Scholarship
Single Parent With Children Scholarship
State of Kansas Scholarships
Student Foundation Emergency Scholarship
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)


Eric Conrad



Christopher Loghry



Allan Comstock



James Bartruff


Please check with the appropriate department regarding audition dates.

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.

American Business Women's Association Scholarship (To Top)

The Emporia Chapter of American Business Women’s Association is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year.

  1. Must be resident of Lyon, Chase, Greenwood, Osage, Morris or Coffey County.
  2. Attach the following to completed application: 

            a. A letter of reference from high school counselor including your current GPA OR copy of transcripts from your       College/University including current GPA
            b. A biographical statement, including educational background, financial need, and other pertinent information about yourself.
            c. Application materials need to be sent directly to address listed on application.

The application is open for the 2018-2019 academic year. Click here.

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. See application for eligibility requirements.

The application is closed for the 2017-2018 year. 

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 upon initial receipt of the award
  • 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

Complete applications can be turned in to the Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services office.  Deadline for the 2018-2019 application is 5 p.m., March 2, 2018.  

Click here for the 2018-2019 application.

Departmental Scholarships (To Top)

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

Art Eric Conrad  
Biology Tim Burnett
Stephen Catt
Counselor Education Katrina Miller
Debate Christopher Loghry

Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education

Undergraduate Programs

Adaptive Special Education

Gifted Special Education

Stephanie Perez (Undergraduate programs)

Sharon Pittman (Adaptive Special Education)

Connie Phelps (Gifted Special Education) 

English, Creative Writing, Journalism
Amy Sage-Webb
Graduate Studies Jerald Spotswood
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 Brian Hollenbeck
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

Ellen Hansen 

Sociology and Anthropology Debbie Roether
Student Accessibility & Support Services Stephanie Adams
Jim Bartruff

Dirty Kanza Academic Scholarship (To Top)

To be eligible students must:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Provide a letter of reference from a faculty member
  • Submit essay (topic provided on application)

Click here for the application.

Complete applications can be turned in to the Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services office.

Deadline: 5 pm, March 2, 2018

Accessibility Scholarship (To Top)

Please visit the Student Accessibility & Support Services website for more information.

Educational Opportunity Fund Grant (To Top)

Applications for the Educational Opportunity Fund Grant program are made available from Associated Student Government in the Center for Student Involvement office, Memorial Union. 

The application for 2017-2018 is now closed.

Elberta Harris Scholarship (To Top)

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 an application for admission to ESU.  Contact the Dean of The Teachers College for more information at 620.341.5367 or

The application is currently 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 an entering freshman or new transfer student and have minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. All majors are welcome to apply.

Applications can be completed online at

Deadline for the 2018-2019 application is March 30, 2018.

Contact Jason Brooks if you have any questions.

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.

Complete applications can be turned in to the Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services office.  Deadline for the 2018-2019 application is 5 p.m., February 1, 2018.  

The application period is currently 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:

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 began 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: 

  • 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.

Kevin O'Connor Scholarship (To Top)

In 1989, Ed and Susan O’Connor honored their son’s memory by establishing the Kevin E. O’Connor Scholarship.  Kevin was a fourth generation graduate of Emporia State who received his BSB degree in Business Administration in 1995.  One qualified student will be selected to receive this scholarship, in hopes it will ease financial burden and keep Kevin’s legacy alive.

To be considered a student must:

  • Be a junior or senior business or education major;
  • Be employed and working 1000 hours per fiscal year (approximately 20 hrs/week);
  • Be a graduate of a 1A, 2A, or 3A Kansas high school;
  • Be enrolled full time with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5;
  • Student must not be a recipient of any scholarships from Emporia State University

Complete applications can be turned in to the Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services office. 

Application closed for the 2018-2019 school year. Please check back at a later date for the 2019-2020 application.

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

Applications can be completed online at

Deadline for the 2018-2019 application is March 8, 2018.

Contact Deanna Williams if you have any questions. 

Moon Title & Escrow Scholarship (To Top)

To be eligible students must:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Be a full time student
  • 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

The application period for 2017-2018 is closed.

Newman Regional Health Auxiliary Scholarship Fund (To Top)

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide an opportunity for individuals to pursue an education in an area of healthcare including but not limited to the areas of pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, nursing, and applicable non-clinical healthcare fields. Students from Lyon, Chase, Greenwood, Osage, Morris, and Coffey counties are eligible to apply. See application for additional requirements and contact information.

Award range: $500-$1000 for the spring 2018 semester

Application deadline: December 15, 2017

The application period is currently closed. 

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. For scholarship requirement information please click here.

To receive the award; apply for admission to ESU at, and send your transcripts and PTK membership information to the Admissions Office. 

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

Rudd Scholarship - Incoming Freshman Full-Ride Opportunity (To Top)

The Rudd Scholarship is a Kansas Program for Kansas residents who qualify for a Pell Grant and gives preference to first generation and underrepresented students. This program believes in the Midwestern values of humility, hard work and integrity that make this state and its people great. This scholarship strives to help the brightest Kansas minds stay in Kansas and build new businesses, teach in its schools, lead in its communities and achieve excellence in all that they do right here in Kansas.

Please visit the Rudd Foundation website for application and eligibility requirements.

Deadline: March 11, 2018

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 up to total of three 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 2018-2019 paper application is available here; or you may submit an online application here. All applications are due by March 2, 2018.

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 Scholarship and Grant page or call the ESU Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, & Veterans Services at 620.341.5457 or 800.896.0567.

Student Foundation Emergency Scholarship (To Top)

The Student Foundation Emergency Scholarship is available to help students who experience unexpected and unforeseen circumstances which jeopardize their ability to pay for their education. Awards are made to students who have demonstrated a need for temporary financial assistance in order remain a student at Emporia State. Emergency funds are limited and availability varies from semester to semester. This scholarship may only be awarded once during a student’s time at Emporia State University.


  • Must be a current, full-time student at Emporia State University (12 hours or more for undergraduate students, 9 hours or more for graduate students)
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate or 3.0 for graduate students
  • Must have applied for other support through the Financial Aid Office

 Find more information on the Student Foundation website.

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.