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Applications due 5 p.m., April 13, 2020.

Student Housing awards more than $275,000 in scholarship funds to returning residents annually. Individual scholarship amounts range from $900 to $6000 and are listed below. To apply for scholarships, sign in here. Here are simple screenshots of that application site, called Academic Works. 

To be considered you must:

  1. Live on campus in 2019-20.
  2. Sign your housing contract to live on campus next year.
  3. Complete FAFSA or the Institutional Needs Analysis Worksheet (ISNAW) for scholarships that consider financial need.

[If you are interested in supporting a KU Student Housing scholarship, contact the KU Endowment Association. This information is intended for residents who wish to receive scholarship money. If you are interested in living in a scholarship hall, see this page.]

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

Residence Hall and Apartment scholarships and awards

  • Alma Poehler Brook Memorial Scholarship (for women in GSP-Corbin only)
  • Campbell-Wright Memorial Scholarship
  • Caryl Kelley Smith Scholarship
  • Christopher Sowa Leadership Scholarship
  • Fred McElhenie Scholarship
  • GSP/Corbin Outstanding Woman Scholarship

Scholarship Hall scholarships and awards

  • Allan Wicker International Student Scholarship
  • Carol and Paul Gerlach Scholarship
  • Chuck and Mary Ladesich Loveland Student Leadership Award
  • Cummings-Engelmann Scholarship
  • Fred McElhenie Scholarship
  • Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle Student Scholar Award
  • Kent E. & Marsha Gilkison Palmberg Scholarship
  • KU Scholarship Halls Scholarship
  • Doug Milroy Engineering Scholarship (for men only)
  • Dwight and Kay Brua Patton Scholarship

KK Amini residents

  • K.K. & Margaret Amini Scholarship

Battenfeld residents

  • Carlotta Nellis National Merit Scholarship
  • Daniel K. Wanamaker Scholarship
  • Davis Ross Scholarship
  • Drowatzky Family Scholarship
  • E. Dean Werries National Merit Scholarship
  • Florence Montgomery Memorial Scholarship
  • John Curry Battenfeld Memorial Scholarship
  • Philip and Joann Logan Scholarship

Douthart residents

  • Carlotta Nellis Leadership Scholarship
  • Douthart Dynasty Scholarship

Grace Pearson residents

  • Grace Pearson Alumni Scholarship
  • Marietta K. Jackson Scholarship

Miller residents

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

Pearson residents

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

Sellards residents

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

Stephenson residents

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

Watkins residents

  • Billie Kent Wiedman Scholarship
  • Lela Ross Metzler Scholarship
  • Minnie McDaniel and Leslie B. Robertson Scholarship
  • Muriel Stember Hannig Scholarship
  • Watkins Hall Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Watkins Hall Class of 1946 Scholarship
  • Watkins Hall Leadership Scholarship

Other scholarships awarded. No application process: 

  • Miller Hall Leadership Scholarship
  • Sellards Hall Leadership Scholarship
  • Watkins Hall Leadership Scholarship

A 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.


More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
$4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities