KU International Affairs

Scholarships

The Fall 2020 scholarship application will be available December 1, 2019. All eligible applicants will receive an email with scholarship application instructions. 

KU offers a range of scholarships to qualified, new degree seeking students. All scholarships are renewable for up to four years for freshmen and three years for transfer students, provided they maintain a particular GPA at KU. To be considered, you must apply for admission with a strong academic and extracurricular portfolio. 

Although there are minimum grade point average requirements for each award, the process is competitive, and each scholarship application is reviewed on the strength of all the materials submitted. There is not a GPA or test score threshold that will guarantee a scholarship.

Scholarship Chart (pdf)

KU International Excellence Award

A full tuition waiver valued at $25,000+. The KU International Excellence Award is available for freshmen and transfer students who begin studies in the fall term. To be considered, you must have a 3.5 GPA and provide the following by February 1, 2020:

  • Official transcripts from each secondary and post-secondary school you have attended
  • Official SAT or ACT scores
  • Official proof of English proficiency
  • Resume or CV describing all your extracurricular activities, leadership, service, and awards
  • Choose three activities from your resume/CV and explain how they have helped you develop leadership skills
  • A 500 word essay on one of the following topics:
    • Your personal and academic goals and how you hope to achieve them at KU
    • Your field of study and specialized interests within it
    • The ways you intend to use what you learn at KU when you return to your home country
    • A topic of your choice
  • Three letters of recommendation

KU International Merit Award

A $9,000 award for freshmen. The KU International Merit Award is available for freshmen who begin their studies in the spring, summer, or fall terms. The application deadline for this scholarship is November 1, 2019 for the spring and May 1, 2020 for the summer or fall. To be considered, you must have a 3.25 GPA and provide the following:

  • Official transcripts from each secondary and post-secondary school you have attended
  • Resume or CV describing all your extracurricular activities, leadership, service, and awards
  • A 500 word essay on one of the following topics:
    • Your personal and academic goals and how you hope to achieve them at KU
    • Your field of study and specialized interests within it
    • The ways you intend to use what you learn at KU when you return to your home country
    • A topic of your choice
  • One letter of recommendation

KU International Distinction Award

A $6,000 award for freshmen. The KU International Distinction Award is available for freshmen who begin their studies in the spring, summer, or fall terms. The application deadline for this scholarship is November 1, 2019 for the spring and May 1, 2020 for the summer or fall. To be considered, you must have a 3.25 GPA and provide the following:

  • Official transcripts from each secondary and post-secondary school you have attended
  • Resume or CV describing all your extracurricular activities, leadership, service, and awards
  • A 500 word essay on one of the following topics:
    • Your personal and academic goals and how you hope to achieve them at KU
    • Your field of study and specialized interests within it
    • The ways you intend to use what you learn at KU when you return to your home country
    • A topic of your choice
  • One letter of recommendation

KU International Achievement Award

A $3,000 award for freshmen. The KU International Achievement Award is available for freshmen who begin their studies in the spring, summer, or fall terms. The application deadline for this scholarship is November 1, 2019 for the spring and May 1, 2020 for the summer or fall. To be considered, you must have a 3.25 GPA and provide official transcripts from each secondary and post-secondary school you have attended. 

KU International Transfer Scholarship

An award of $3,000-7,000 for transfer students who begin studies at KU in the spring, summer, or fall terms. The application deadline for this scholarship is November 1, 2019 for the spring and February 1, 2020 for the summer or fall. To be considered, you must have a 3.5 GPA and provide the following: 

  • Official transcripts from each secondary and post-secondary school you have attended
  • Official proof of English proficiency
  • Resume or CV describing all your extracurricular activities, leadership, service, and awards
  • A 500 word essay on one of the following topics:
    • Your personal and academic goals and how you hope to achieve them at KU
    • Your field of study and specialized interests within it
    • The ways you intend to use what you learn at KU when you return to your home country
    • A topic of your choice
  • Three letters of recommendation

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

An award of approximately $11,000 for PTK members transferring from a U.S. community college with 24 transferrable credit hours, the last 12 of which must have been earned at a U.S. community college. The application deadline for this scholarship is November 1, 2019 for the spring and May 1, 2020 for the summer or fall. To be considered, you must have a 3.25 GPA and provide official transcripts from each post-secondary school you have attended. 

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