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Student Housing Scholarships

Student Housing awards more than $250,000 in scholarship funds to returning residents annually. Individual scholarship amounts range from $900 to $6000. Apply here by logging in on the upper right side of the page and completing the general application. Then search for the scholarships with the information below.

The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.  

[If you are interested in supporting a KU Student Housing scholarship, contact the KU Endowment Association.]

To be considered you must:

  1. live on campus this year
  2. sign your contract to live on campus next year
  3. complete the FASFA or the Institutional Needs Analysis Worksheet (ISNAW) for scholarships that consider financial need.

Here is a list of the available KU Student Housing scholarships. Criteria for each will be listed on the scholarship application.

Residence Hall scholarships

  • Campbell-Wright Leadership Scholarship
  • CK Smith Scholarship
  • Christopher Sowa Leadership Scholarship
  • Fred McElhenie Scholarship
  • GSP/Corbin Scholarship
  • Alma Poehler Brook (for women in GSP-Corbin only)

Apartments scholarships

  • Campbell-Wright Leadership Scholarship
  • Fred McElhenie Scholarship

Scholarship Hall scholarships

  • Kent E. & Marsha Gilkison Palmberg Scholarship
  • Fred McElhenie Scholarship
  • Alan Wicker International Student Scholarship

KK Amini residents

  • K.K. & Margaret Amini Citizen Scholarship

Battenfeld residents

  • Carlotta Nellis National Merit Scholarship
  • Davis Ross Scholarship
  • Drowatsky Family Scholarship
  • E Dean Werries National Merit Scholarship
  • Florence Montgomery Merit Scholarship
  • John Curry Battenfeld Memorial Scholarship
  • Philip and Joann Logan Scholarship


Douthart residents

  • Carlotta Nellis Leadership Scholarship
  • Douthart Dynasty Scholarship

Grace Pearson residents

  • Marietta K. Jackson Scholarship
  • Grace Pearson Alumni Scholarship

Krehbiel residents

  • Dwight and Kay Brua Patton Scholarship

Miller residents

  • Miller Hall Leadership Scholarship
  • Miller Hall Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Dr. Robert C. and Lois E. Adams Nelson Scholarship
  • Sally Harshaw Selk Memorial Scholarship
  • Miller Hall Alumnae Scholarship

Pearson residents

  • Ely Shrauner Scholarship 
  • Dr. Robert C. and Lois E. Adams Nelson Scholarship
  • Pearson Alumni Leadership Scholarship
  • Dean Milroy Pearson Leadership Scholarship
  • Will Hancock Memorial Scholarship

Sellards residents

  • Sue Birkholz Memorial Scholarship
  • Sara Paretsky Sellards Hall Scholarship
  • Sellards Hall Leadership Scholarship
  • Shirley and Wally Strauch Scholarship
  • Patricia Hackney Miller Scholarship

Stephenson residents

  • Lance Storie Foster Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Gary Gregg Academic Scholarship
  • Dr. Gary Gregg Leadership Scholarship
  • Ray and Judy Germonprez Scholarship for incoming resident

Watkins residents

  • Watkins Hall Leadership Scholarship
  • Watkins Hall Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Minnie McDaniel And Leslie B. Robertson Scholarship
  • Billie Kent Wiedman Citizen Scholarship

A new U.S. News and World Report story, "When living on campus could save you money" features KU Student Housing.

"In some instances, living on campus may be the cheapest option compared with some off-campus choices," the story reports. It lists five reasons that on-campus living may be less expensive and points out that KU offers scholarship money to returning residents. "Separate from applying for financial aid, some universities offer housing scholarships. The University of Kansas, for example, hands out $250,000 a year in housing awards to undergraduates who live on campus. Awards range in size from $750 to $6,000, says Sarah Waters, director of student housing at KU. See the complete report here.


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