External Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

MLK Scholarship

The Martin Luther King, Jr Committee of Liberal Kansas is proud to announce the "Never Stop Dreaming" scholarship application.  Applicants must have a 2.5GPA .  Application deadline is April 3,2023.  

O'Brate Foundation

The O'Brate Foundation recognizes that the future is in the hands of today's youth. Scholarships are available to Kansas youth for both college and  Duel-Credit awards. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please visit https://obratefoundation.org/

Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials Association Scholarship

The Kansas County Clerks' and Election Officials' Association awards 10 to 12 $500 scholarships annually to Kansas high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores, provided they carry a minimum 3.0 GPA. The scholarship is available to applicants who will be attending a Kasnsas College or University. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please visit kcceoa.org/scholarship.

Application deadline: March 31

Watermark Scholars Scholarship
Watermark Scholars Program is an extension of their commitment to helping students succeed.
Two students will be selected from the pool of applicants, and awardees will each receive $5,000 to help continue their education. 

Fig Tech Scholarship

The Fig Loans Scholarship for Social Impact helps students who aspire to be a positive force of change for their communities.  Students with a desire to make a difference with their career are encouraged to apply.  Eligibility: Full-time students, must be a US Ciziten or permanent resident, all majors are welcome to apply.  Students must submit a current college transcript, a resume, and a 400-800 essay.  The essay question can be found at www.figloans.com/scholarship/social

Terry L. McKanna Scholarship Fund of the Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association

The Terry L. McKanna Scholarship is open to students who are United States citizens and are enrolled in an accredited college or university in the State of Kansas. The applicant must be a taking courses related to civil or environmental engineering or environmental science with an emphasis on career fields associated with the Waterworks Industry. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, click on: Terry L. McKanna Scholarship Fund.

Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program

This scholarship was established last year by Surety Bonds, a surety insurance agency based out of Columbia, Missouri. The scholarship is open to students in every state and a $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to three (3) deserving individuals. It is targeting students with small business experience and the knowledge they have gained, whether personally or from observing family members working to make a way for themselves. Applications may only be submitted online. As part of the application each student must submit a 500 to 1,000-word essay about "How small business ownership (personal, parent, grandparent, or legal guardian) has shaped you into the person you are today." To read more about the scholarship and to apply, click here.

National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs (NAAMLP)

NAAMLP is a non-profit, professional organization that promotes the reclamation and restoration of lands affected by abandoned mining throughout the nation.  A $2,000 NAAMLP Scholarship is intended to assist in the education of students who intend to work as scientists, engineers, or technicians in the field of mine land reclamation.  For more information and the scholarship application click here

SER Corporation Scholarship

SER Corporation has been offering services in Kansas to migrant and seasonal farm workers for over three decades. The SER Scholarship Program is open to all Hispanic students (with at least one parent being of Hispanic parentage), who have maintained at least a 2.75 (B-) cumulative grade point average (first time applicants must have a 3.0 GPA), have applied for full-time status as a student at an accredited college, university or junior college, and meet all admission requirements of the school selected. Awards of $500 to $1,000 each will be granted for study leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree.  Awards are renewable for up to three years or until educational requirements are met, whichever comes first. All eligible scholarship recipients MUST complete the application process EACH YEAR to be considered for renewal of the award.  For more information visit https://sercorporation.com/scholarship

FHSU National Science Foundation - Robert Noyce Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Scholarship Program is a collaboration between teacher education, physics, geosciences, chemistry, biology and mathematics and is designed to increase the supply of highly qualified middle and high school science and mathematics teachers (grades 6-12).  The Noyce Scholarship Program at Fort Hays State University offers three levels of support for prospective teachers. The Noyce Teacher-Leader Program provides financial support for college juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics or a science field who are pursuing a teaching career.  Scholarships are $12,000 for each recipient.  The Noyce Post-Baccalaureate Program provides stipends to science majors pursuing a teaching career.  The Noyce Summer Scholar Program provides paid opportunities for students to experience teaching science and mathematics in informal settings such as camps and outreach programs prior to formally pursuing a career in teaching.  There is a $2,400 stipend for each recipient.  To apply for these scholarships visit http://www.fhsu.edu/noyce.

NACE Gas Capital Section Scholarship

This scholarship is open to students who are related or referred by a member in good standing of NACE Gas Capital Section; accepted to an accredited college/university or technical trade school; must be a full-time student; and, must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA. If you qualify for this scholarship, click here to apply.

Elma Schmidt Scholarship

The Elma Schmidt Scholarship is open to women who are United States citizens and have resided in South Western Kansas for at least 12 years. The student must have graduated from an accredited high school, or have a GED equivalent. She must also be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester or in a qualified vocational-technical program, and have financial need. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, come by the Financial Aid office and pick up an application or click on: ELMA SCHMIDT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION(1).  It is a one-year or two-semester scholarship only.
Application deadlines: March 31st, to be eligible for consideration for the following Fall Semester, and November 1st, to be considered for the following Spring Semester.

Dane G. Hansen Educational Scholarships

Students graduating from high schools in the following 26 counties in Northwest Kansas may be eligible for Dane G. Hansen Scholarships: Cheyenne, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego and Wallace. To apply for this scholarship click here.

Live your Dream Award formerly known as Women's Opportunity Awards offered through Soroptimist International of the Americas

Since 1972, Soroptimist has been helping women the world over to reclaim their dreams through the Women's Opportunity Awards program. To be eligible for this award you must be a woman with primary financial responsibility for supporting your family (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents); attend or have been accepting to a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program; have financial need; be motivated to achieve your educational and career goals; and reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas' member countries and territories (Aregentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, USA, or Venezuela). To apply for this scholarship click here.


Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

There are numerous scholarship opportunities for Phi Theta Kappa members. For in-depth information on all of these opportunities please visit https://www.ptk.org/Home.aspx 
Application deadline: Fall - December 1st; Spring - May 1st

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. To be eligible for the scholarship a student must be: *A current student at an accrredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status, or a recent graduate (within the last five years); *Have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better; *Plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to begin studies in the coming fall; and, *Demonstrate unmet financial aid. The SCCC faculty representative is Celeste Donovan. Further information regarding this scholarship can be found by visiting https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/.

Kansas Board of Regents / Career Technical Workforce Grant

This is a grant that is awarded to students who are residents of Kansas and have graduated from a high school accredited by the State Board of Education or who have received general educational development (GED) credentials issued by the Kansas Board of Regents, or have graduated from a home school program or a non-accredited private secondary school pursuant to K.S.A. 72-53, 100 et. seq.  Students must be enrolled in or have been accepted for admission to an eligible career technical education program operated by a designated Kansas educational institution that has been identified as offering a technical certificate or associate of applied science degree program in a high cost, high demand or critical industry field.  A student may be enrolled either part-time or full-time (awards for part-time students are pro-rated based on the number of hours enrolled).  Preference in awarding goes to applicants with financial need.  The maximum amount of the award is $1,000 per year for full-time students.  Applications are available in the Financial Aid office or at www.kansasregents.org.

Kansas Board of Regents/Ethnic Minority, Nursing, State and Teacher Service Scholarships

These scholarships are available to Kansas residents who are enrolled in a qualified program in a Kansas college or university.  To review specific scholarship requirements and apply online go to www.kansasregents.org or pick up an application in the Financial Aid office.  All applicants must complete a FAFSA by April 1st and submit their applications before May 1 as funding is limited.  If you have additional questions, call KBOR at 785-430-4255 or 785-430-4256.

The Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program

The Legacy Scholarship program offers financial support to all Army women who are serving, or have honorably served, and their children. Scholarships are based on merit, academic potential, community service, letters of recommendation, and need. It is available for tuition assistance for certificate programs, coursework at community colleges, four year academic institutions and graduate schools. For full details, application criteria, required documents, and link to the online application, please click here.

Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation (KHERF) Scholarships

Five health care organizations are collaborating to provide scholarships in health related fields! For the eleventh year,Kansans wishing to improve their education and skills may apply for the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation (KHERF) scholarships "Encouraging Excellence." The Kansas Association of Health Care Executives (KAHCE) and the Kansas Hospital Human Resources' Association (KHHRA) partner with KHERF to assist Kansans interested in pursuing education in any discipline of patient care or administration. The Kansas HIT Regional Extension Center (REC) and the Kansas Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (KHIMSS) offer scholarships in Health Information Management. For eligibility requirements and to apply click on here

Christine Dolechek Medical Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are legal residents of Ellsworth County in Kansas, who are majoring in any field of human medicine that is licensed by the State of Kansas.  These include but are not limited to the following:  doctors, dentists, nurses, medical technicians, optometrists, emergency medical technicians, other paramedical services, and medical research/medical files.  For an application contact Karen Britton at 785-472-3141.  Completed applications must be submitted to the Citizens State Bank and Trust Company, Trust Department, P.O. Box 128, Ellsworth, Kansas 67439. 

Southern Pioneer Electric Scholarship Program

Southern Pioneer Electric will award one $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior from each of the 13 high schools in its service territory.  The schools are:  Ashland, Cunningham, Fowler, Kiowa County, Kiowa South Barber, Liberal, Medicing Lodge, Minneola, Satanta, Skyline, South Central, Southwestern Heights and Sublette.  If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please visit http://www.southernpioneer.net/yourCommunity/youthPrograms/scholarshipInformation.aspx


Since 2003, StudentScholarships.org has been providing scholarship management services for companies, as well as a comprehensive database of scholarships for students.  This website has numerous scholarships that students can apply for. For a list of the different scholarships and their applications, click on and scroll down the page: www.studentscholarships.org/2016scholarships.php

Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award

The Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award Program is designed to assist deserving
post-secondary students who are blind or visually impaired with their education. Students are selected for the awards based on a variety of factors that indicate their high potential to make our investment in their future a worthwhile venture.
Students must meet the following criteria:
Kansas residents who are blind or visually impaired; enrolled in or entering a formal course of study at a university, college or licensed and accredited vocational training program by September, 2015; taking nine (9) hours (or the equivalent) of undergraduate courses, or six (6) hours (or the equivalent) of graduate courses; must be sponsored by a teacher, counselor, professor, or other professional involved with the applicant in an official capacity. (see Sponsor form); and must complete all required components of the application and provide all required documentation. To complete the application please click here. If you are a sponsor click here to fill out the sponsor form.

Surety Bonds Small Business Scholarship

The SuretyBonds.com Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program is open to students in every state who are united states citizens and/or residents of the United States (and its territories and possessions) who will be enrolled at an institution of higher learning full-time for Fall semester. Interested students are encouraged to apply online at www.SuretyBonds.com/scholarship-program/apply. Each student must submit a 500 to 1,000-word essay about "How small business ownership (personal, parent, grandparent, or legal guardian) has shaped you into the person you are today."

MassMutual Program Scholarship

The MassMutual Scholars Program is funded by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and is focused on expanding access and opportunity of higher education and employment to students who reflect the rich cultural diversity of our nation. They seek to increase the number of students completing college nationally, assist in decreasing student debt, raise awareness of careers in insurance and financial services, and recruit and retain the top talent touched by their programs.
MassMutual looks forward to offering $150,000 in total funding; assisting at least 30 students, entering their sophomore, junior, senior, or fifth year of undergraduate coursework, with a scholarship worth up to $5,000. Students must complete and submit for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov and be interested in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry.
Click here to apply. 

Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas Scholarships

Numerous scholarship programs are available to assist qualified applicants offset costs of higher education at accredited institutions. The funds for these scholarship programs are available due to the transfer of scholarship funds from the former St. Mary of the Plains College and additional scholarship funds donated to the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas. To apply for these scholarships click here.

Kansas Kiwanis Foundation College Student Scholarship

The Kansas Kiwanis Foundation is proud to offer scholarships to deserving students who are currently enrolled in institutions of higher education. Kiwanis Clubs are service organizations, and therefore are interested in recognizing young people who are service oriented. There are 33 scholarships awarded each year and are evaluated on several factors, primarily SERVICE and ACADEMIC PREPARATION.  Other factors taken into consideration are life goals, activities, need, recommendations and membership in service organizations. To print off the application click here and use the KKF Form 101.

BP Royalty Scholarship

The BP Royalty Scholarship Fund is a scholarship offered to a person having a parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt who was a member of the Class, or if non of a Kansas royalty owner in a Southwest Kansas well producing some gas. To apply for this scholarship click here and return the scholarship to Judy Chance, 1517 Tulane Ct., Liberal, KS 67901.


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