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Kansas students may not know that there are many Kansas scholarships that can help them fund their undergraduate and graduate studies. Some of these awards are geared towards residents of Kansas while other awards are open to any student who attends a college or university in Kansas. One of the first things students should do is to complete a FAFSA application. This will help them determine whether they may be eligible for any federal or state funding. The list below includes some state and private scholarships that students may want to consider in their quest for scholarship money:
Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship provides a scholarship worth $2,500 to students who are planning a career in aviation. The highest priority for this award is given to students who are residents of Kansas, Illinois, or Missouri. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled in a flight program and hold at least a 3.0 grade point average. Furthermore, they must provide the recommendation of aviation professional. A completed application must be received by the last Friday in November and additional information about this award can be found here: http://nata.aero/Scholarships/Dan-L.-Meisinger,-Sr.-Memorial-Scholarship.aspx.
Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship Program is open to students from minority backgrounds who have demonstrated academic excellence. The award provides $1,850 in funding to eligible students. Students must demonstrate financial need and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. In addition, they must rank within the top third of their graduating class and have an ACT score of at least 21. Additional information can be found at this website: http://www.kansasregents.org/resources/PDF/2237-current-minorityscholarshipinfo.pdf.
Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship provides scholarships of up to $3,500. Students must agree to work in Kansas as a LPN or an RN with a sponsor. Sponsors include a number of agencies, such as psychiatric hospitals and elderly care centers. A full list a sponsors and additional eligibility information can be found at this website: http://www.kansasregents.org/scholarships_and_grants.
Kansas Osteopathic Medical Service Scholarship provides up to $25,000 per year for up to four years to eligible students. The aim of this award is to increase the number of primary care physicians in rural areas of Kansas. Highest priority is given to first year students. In order to be eligible, students must reside in Kansas, demonstrate financial need, and plan to provide care in an underserved area of Kansas upon graduation. Additional information can be found at this website: http://www.kansasregents.org/resources/PDF/Students/Student_Financial_Aid/OsteoAppl_15-16.pdf.
Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship aims to increase the number of licensed teachers in critical need areas. In order to be eligible, students must reside in Kansas and attend a college or university within Kansas. Preference is given to applicants who intend to teach in one of the high need areas, which currently include Math, Science, Languages, ESL, and Special education. In exchange for the award, recipients must agree to teach within Kansas after their degree is awarded. The amount of the funding varies depending on the number of credits students are enrolled in, but the maximum award is worth $5,514 per year. Additional information is available here: http://www.kansasregents.org/resources/PDF/Students/Student_Financial_Aid/current-teachscholarshipinfo.pdf.
Author: Jeff Gitlen