KU Housing Scholarships

Scholarship Halls

Find the community you live in to review the criteria for individual scholarships available to current residents in that community. The scholarships listed under specific communities may require that you currently live there, as well as return there next year.

You will also complete eligibility questions that will assist you in determining what scholarships you may be eligible for when you apply now. Some scholarships do require, or give preference to, students with demonstrated financial need. All scholarship applicants are encouraged to complete the FASFA.

Note: The award amount listed next to the scholarship name is approximate, based on the amount awarded last year. The award amount is anticipated to be the same or greater this year.

Any Scholarship Hall Residents

Kent E. & Marsha Gilkison Palmberg Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded annually from the Kent E. & Marsha Gilkison Palmberg Scholarship fund to returning residents of the scholarship hall system who are deserving according to the guidelines below and who are in need of financial aid. The scholarships honor each recipient's academic achievements, contributions to their respective hall, efforts to further the scholarship hall system, and work in community service and/or civic organizations.

Eligibility: Applicants must have lived in one of the scholarship halls for at least one full year (at the conclusion of the Spring semester) and have demonstrated financial need, as established by the University of Kansas Office of Student Financial Aid and be returning to the scholarship hall system. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: An individual who demonstrates financial need; academic achievement; citizenship through hall and University policies and activities; contributions to the Lawrence community through community service efforts; and is a positive role model to other scholarship hall residents. In addition, the scholarship recognizes leadership contributions to the All Scholarship Hall Council, and the University community.

Application Process: Applicants should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Financial Aid or International Student Needs Analysis Worksheet available online from the Office of Student Financial Aid office by March 1st or as soon as possible thereafter. The scholarship application must include name, KUID, and current cumulative grade point average. Applicants must provide answers to the following essay questions:

  1. Describe your academic and career goals; share relevant information regarding what has influenced those goals. Describe the specific steps you have taken, or plan to take, towards achieving those goals.
  2. Describe (1) how you have contributed to the Lawrence and/or KU community; and (2) how you have grown as a result of these experiences.
  3. Describe (1) how living on campus has impacted your college experience; and (2) how your housing community at KU has benefited from your involvement and/or leadership.

Fred McElhenie Scholarship

This fully endowed scholarship fund provides an annual scholarship to an undergraduate student residing in one of the facilities operated by KU Student Housing. This scholarship was established from the donations of friends and colleagues of Fred McElhenie in appreciation of his 37 years of unequaled dedication and professional employment within the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Kansas. Mr. McElhenie retired as the Associate Director of Student Housing for Residence Life in October of 1999.

Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduate students currently residing in facilities operated by KU Student Housing. Student “salaried” employees are not eligible. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: Recipients will have demonstrated significant and positive involvement in assisting others in a volunteer status within the KU community, the City of Lawrence, or their hometown. Financial need and demonstrated leadership in Student Housing and/or in campus organizations will also be taken into consideration.

Application process: The scholarship application must include name, KUID, and year in school. Applicants must answer the following essay questions:

  1. Describe (1) how you have contributed to the Lawrence and/or KU community; and (2) how you have grown as a result of these experiences.
  2. Describe your leadership experiences at KU, and in what way you wish to continue to grow and develop as a leader to positively impact your community.

KK Amini Residents

K.K. & Margaret Amini Citizen Scholarship

A minimum of two scholarships are awarded annually from the K.K. and Margaret Amini Scholarship fund. The scholarships recognize an individual's commitment to citizenship and leadership to K.K Amini Scholarship Hall and the scholarship hall system. One scholarship is awarded to the individual selected as Proctor for the ensuing academic year. The other scholarship honors an individual who has excelled academically and has involved himself in hall government and activities. Academic excellence is not based solely on grade point average, but rather on the effort and academic focus of the applicants.

Eligibility: Applicants must have lived in K.K. Amini Hall for at least one full year (at the conclusion of the spring semester) and be returning to the hall for the upcoming academic year. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. In addition, recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: An individual who has shown academic achievement; who has demonstrated citizenship through personal commitment and involvement in community living; who has shown his leadership through the support of hall and University policies and activities; who actively promotes hall community; and who is a positive role model to other hall residents. In addition, the scholarship recognizes leadership contributions to the All Scholarship Hall Council and the University community.

Application Process: Each application must include name, KUID number, year in school and current cumulative grade point average. Applicants must answer the following questions:

  1. Describe your academic and career goals; share relevant information regarding what has influenced those goals. Describe the specific steps you have taken, or plan to take, towards achieving those goals.
  2. Describe your leadership experiences at KU, and in what way you wish to continue to grow and develop as a leader to positively impact your community.
  3. Describe (1) how living on campus has impacted your college experience; and (2) how your housing community at KU has benefited from your involvement and/or leadership.

Battenfeld Residents

John Curry Battenfeld Memorial Scholarship

The John Curry Battenfeld Memorial Scholarship fund currently provides leadership scholarships (one which is awarded to the incoming Proctor) and philanthropy scholarships. All recipients must be returning residents of Battenfeld Scholarship Hall. The scholarships honor outstanding achievement and contributions to the advancement of Battenfeld's cooperative living goals recognizing both the efforts of students who serve as leaders (JCB Leadership Scholarships) and the contribution of active team members (JCB Philanthropy Scholarships) in a successful scholarship hall experience.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Battenfeld Scholarship Hall. Applicants must have submitted a contract for the upcoming academic year.

Criteria:
Leadership Scholarships - Individuals who have displayed outstanding leadership in the hall, in ASHC, and in other campus organizations and who show promise of guiding Battenfeld into the future. One of the Leadership scholarships is awarded to the individual selected to provide leadership to Battenfeld Hall as the Proctor for the ensuing academic year.

Philanthropy Scholarships - Individuals who always seem to be there when somebody needs help. Sacrificing studies, personal desires, and their own free time, these residents are perhaps unheralded yet they have made the lives of everybody they have met a little more comfortable.

Application Process: The scholarship application must include name, KUID, year in school, and number of years in Battenfeld. Applicants must also answer the following questions essay questions:

  1. Describe (1) how you have contributed to the Lawrence and/or KU community; and (2) how you have grown as a result of these experiences.
  2. Describe your leadership experiences at KU, and in what way you wish to continue to grow and develop as a leader to positively impact your community.

Davis Ross Scholarship

The Davis Ross Scholarship fund provides scholarships for undergraduate students who are deserving according to the guidelines below, and have demonstrated financial need. The scholarships honor each recipient's academic achievements. Preference will be given students who are pre-pharmacy majors or are admitted to the School of Pharmacy.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Battenfeld Hall and should have submitted a contract for Battenfeld for the following year. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need, as established by the University of Kansas Office of Student Financial Aid. Preference will be given students who are pre-pharmacy majors or are majoring in the School of Pharmacy. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: An individual who has demonstrated financial need and academic achievement in their major. Preference is given to students who are pre-pharmacy majors or are admitted to the School of Pharmacy.

Application Process: Applicants should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Financial Aid or International Student Needs Analysis Worksheet available online from the Office of Student Financial Aid office by March 1st of the current academic year. Kansas residency is determined by the official state of residency according to the University of Kansas for tuition purposesThe scholarship application must include name, KUID, major, and current cumulative grade point average. Applicants must provide answers to the following essay questions:

  1. Describe your academic and career goals; share relevant information regarding what has influenced those goals. Describe the specific steps you have taken, or plan to take, towards achieving those goals.

Florence Montgomery Citizenship Scholarship

Douthart Residents

Carlotta Nellis Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Carlotta Nellis, housemother from 1940-1952 of Old Templin Hall (located on the current site of Sprague Apartments), Carruth Hall (located on the current site of Douthart Scholarship Hall), and Battenfeld Scholarship Hall. This scholarship is restricted to a returning resident of Douthart Scholarship Hall who promotes and exemplifies commitment to the spirit of cooperative living.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Douthart Scholarship Hall and must have lived in Douthart for at least 2 semesters (at the conclusion of the Spring semester). In addition, the applicants must not have been J-Boarded within the last two semesters. This is a non-renewable scholarship and may not be awarded to a past recipient. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: The following criteria will be used to select the recipient: goals and aspirations; leadership (hall and the University community); contributions to Douthart Scholarship Hall; extracurricular activities; service to the Lawrence community; and cumulative grade point average.

Application Process: The Scholarship must include name, KU ID number, year in school, and current cumulative grade point average. Applicants should answer the following questions:

  1. Describe your academic and career goals; share relevant information regarding what has influenced those goals. Describe the specific steps you have taken, or plan to take, towards achieving those goals.
  2. Describe (1) how living on campus has impacted your college experience; and (2) how your housing community at KU has benefited from your involvement and/or leadership.

Douthart Dynasty Scholarship

This scholarship was created by those alumnae residing in Douthart Scholarship Hall in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. These active undergraduates were proud of being referred to as the “Douthart Dynasty.” This scholarship in their honor is awarded to a returning Douthart woman who excels academically and has demonstrated financial need.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Douthart Scholarship Hall and have lived in Douthart for at least 2 semesters (at the conclusion of the spring semester). Recipients must have demonstrated financial need and a current Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: The following criteria will be used to select the recipient: academic achievement as indicated by cumulative grade point average and/or other academic awards; involvement in Douthart Hall and other campus organizations; and financial need.

Application Process: The scholarship application must include name, KUID, year in school, and current cumulative grade point average. Applicants should answer the following questions:

  1. Describe your academic and career goals; share relevant information regarding what has influenced those goals. Describe the specific steps you have taken, or plan to take, towards achieving those goals.
  2. Describe (1) how living on campus has impacted your college experience; and (2) how your housing community at KU has benefited from your involvement and/or leadership.

Grace Pearson Residents

Marietta K. Jackson Scholarship

Grace Pearson Alumni Scholarship

Miller Residents

Miller Hall Leadership Scholarship

Two fully endowed scholarships acknowledging the leadership achievements of Miller Scholarship Hall residents are given each year. The scholarships, recognizing leadership contributions to the Executive Board of Miller Hall, the All Scholarship Hall Council and the University community, are in keeping with Mrs. Watkins' support of individual effort and achievement. One scholarship recipient is selected from the individuals who are completing their tenures on the Miller Executive Board and who will be returning to Miller for the next academic year. The second scholarship is awarded to the individual selected to provide leadership to Miller Hall as Proctor for the ensuing academic year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Miller Scholarship Hall. In addition, the applicant for the Executive Board Member Scholarship must have served on the current year's Executive Board. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: An individual who has shown a consistent commitment to the practice of cooperative living; has shown their leadership through support of hall and University policies; promotes community; and, is a positive role model to other hall residents. In addition, the scholarship recognizes leadership contributions to the All Scholarship Hall Council and the University community.

Application Process: The scholarship application must include name, KUID number, executive board position held, and years in Miller. In addition the applicant must answer the following essay questions and return completed application to the Miller Scholarship Hall Director:

  1. Describe your leadership experiences at KU, and in what way you wish to continue to grow and develop as a leader to positively impact your community.
  2. Describe (1) how living on campus has impacted your college experience; and (2) how your housing community at KU has benefited from your involvement and/or leadership.

Miller Hall Academic Excellence Scholarship

Dr. Robert C. and Lois E. Adams Nelson Scholarship

Sally Harshaw Selk Memorial Scholarship

The Sally Harshaw Selk Memorial Scholarship was established in 1986 through the contributions received from family and friends of Sally Harshaw Selk. The scholarship is presented to a returning resident of Miller Scholarship Hall whose major is Microbiology or a related science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This scholarship is named in memory of an alumna of Miller Hall, who received an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and worked as a senior research microbiologist at the Merck-INTERx Research Corporation located on KU's West Campus.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Miller Scholarship Hall and majoring in Microbiology or a related science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: The selection committee will look at an applicant's academic achievements, and demonstrated leadership.

Application Process: The scholarship application must include name, KUID number, cumulative grade point average, and major. The applicant should indicate whether or not the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been filed. The applicants should answer the following questions:

  1. Describe your academic and career goals; share relevant information regarding what has influenced those goals. Describe the specific steps you have taken, or plan to take, towards achieving those goals.
  2. Describe your leadership experiences at KU, and in what way you wish to continue to grow and develop as a leader to positively impact your community.

Miller Hall Alumnae Scholarship

Two Alumnae scholarships are awarded to returning Miller Scholarship Hall residents each year. Selected by a committee comprised of alumnae and hall residents, the recipients must exhibit scholastic, leadership, and extra-curricular achievements as well as a commitment to the concept of community in the scholarship halls. Financial need is also a factor in the selection process.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Miller Scholarship Hall and have lived in Miller for at least two semesters (at the conclusion of the spring semester). In addition, the recipients must not have been J-Boarded for the last two semesters. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: The selection committee will look at the following criteria: goals and aspirations; leadership (hall and the University community); contributions to Miller Hall; extracurricular activities; service to the Lawrence community; financial need; cumulative grade point average; and references.

Application Process: The scholarship application must include name, KUID number, years in Miller, cumulative grade point average, and major. Applicants should answer the following essay questions:

  1. Describe your academic and career goals; share relevant information regarding what has influenced those goals. Describe the specific steps you have taken, or plan to take, towards achieving those goals.
  2. Describe (1) how living on campus has impacted your college experience; and (2) how your housing community at KU has benefited from your involvement and/or leadership.

Pearson Residents

Dr. Robert C. and Lois E. Adams Nelson Scholarship

Pearson Alumni Leadership Scholarship

Dean Milroy Pearson Leadership Scholarship

Will Hancock Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Will Hancock, a resident in Pearson Hall from 1987-1991. Mr. Hancock was the Sports Information Director for the Oklahoma State University Men's Basketball team at the time of his tragic death as a result of a plane crash in Colorado in January of 2001. Will was 31 years of age and traveling with the Oklahoma State Basketball team with the accident occurred. The scholarship honors Will Hancock's contributions to Pearson by recognizing recipients who demonstrate great character, a "zest" for life, and a passionate pursuit of their personal and professional goals.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Pearson Scholarship Hall who have lived in the hall for at least two full semesters prior to the award of the scholarship. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: An individual who has shown a passionate determination to meet his goals, exemplifies outstanding personal character, and exhibits a "zest" for life in his involvement in the Pearson Hall community.

Application Process: The scholarship application must include name, KUID, and the number of years in Pearson. The applicant should answer the following questions:

  1. Describe your academic and career goals; share relevant information regarding what has influenced those goals. Describe the specific steps you have taken, or plan to take, towards achieving those goals.
  2. Describe (1) how living on campus has impacted your college experience; and (2) how your housing community at KU has benefited from your involvement and/or leadership.

Sellards Residents

Sue Birkholz Memorial Scholarship

Sara Paretsky Sellards Hall Scholarship

Sellards Hall Leadership Scholarship

Two scholarships acknowledging the leadership achievements of Sellards Scholarship Hall residents are awarded each academic year. The scholarships recognize leadership contributions to the Executive Board of Sellards, the All Scholarship Hall Council and the University community. One scholarship (Proctor) is awarded to the individual selected to provide leadership to Sellards as Proctor for the ensuing academic year. The second scholarship (Executive Board Member) recipient is selected from the individuals who are completing their tenures on the Sellards Executive Board and returning to Sellards for the following academic year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Sellards Scholarship Hall. The second scholarship (Executive Board Member) recipient must have served on the current year's Executive Board. Recipients will not be eligible to receive any other scholarships collaboratively administered with KU Student Housing.

Criteria: An individual who has shown a consistent commitment to the practice of cooperative living; has shown their leadership through support of hall and University policies; promotes community; and is a positive role model to other hall residents. In addition, the scholarship recognizes leadership contributions to the All Scholarship Hall Council and the University community.

Application Process: The application must include name, KUID number, executive board position held, and number of years in Sellards. Applicants must also answer the following essay questions:

  1. Describe your leadership experiences at KU, and in what way you wish to continue to grow and develop as a leader to positively impact your community.

Shirley and Wally Strauch Scholarship

Stephenson Residents

Lance Storie Foster Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Gary Gregg Academic Scholarship

The Dr. Gary Gregg Scholarship fund provides leadership scholarships and academic scholarships to Stephenson residents. All recipients must be returning residents of Stephenson Scholarship Hall. These scholarships honor outstanding achievement and contributions to the advancement of Stephenson’s cooperative living goals recognizing both the efforts of students who serve as leaders (Dr. Gary Gregg Leadership Scholarship) in a successful scholarship hall experience and those with academic excellence (Dr. Gary Gregg Academic Scholarship).

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Stephenson Scholarship Hall and have completed 30 hours of academic work at KU or elsewhere by the conclusion of the Spring semester. Applicants must be residents of Stephenson Scholarship Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. Academic standing, undergraduate research, publications, writing and academic honors are considered in selection of the scholarship recipients. Applicants must have submitted a contract for the upcoming academic year. Preference is given to applicants who graduated from a Kansas high school.

Criteria: The selection committee will be looking for an individual with academic achievement, undergraduate research, honors, and/or publication(s).

Application Process: The scholarship application must include name, KUID number, and cumulative grade point average. Applicants should answer the following essay questions:

  1. Describe your academic and career goals; share relevant information regarding what has influenced those goals. Describe the specific steps you have taken, or plan to take, towards achieving those goals.

Dr. Gary Gregg Leadership Scholarship

Ray and Judy Germonprez Scholarship for incoming resident

Watkins Residents

Watkins Hall Leadership Scholarship

Two fully endowed scholarships acknowledging the leadership achievements of Watkins Scholarship Hall residents are given each year. The scholarships, recognizing leadership contributions to the Executive Board of Watkins, the All Scholarship Hall Council and the University community, are in keeping with Mrs. Watkins' support of individual effort and achievement. One scholarship recipient is selected from the individuals who are completing their tenures on the Watkins Executive Board and who will be returning to Watkins for the next academic year. The second scholarship is awarded to the individual selected to provide leadership to Watkins as Proctor for the ensuing academic year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be returning residents of Watkins Scholarship Hall. In addition, the applicant for the Watkins Executive Board Scholarship must have served on the current academic year Executive Board. Applicants should have submitted a contract for Watkins for the upcoming year.

Criteria: An individual who has shown a consistent commitment to the practice of cooperative living; has shown their leadership through support of hall and University policies; promotes community; and is a positive role model to other hall residents. In addition, the scholarship recognizes leadership contributions to the All Scholarship Hall Council and the University community.

Application Process: The scholarship application must include name, KUID number, executive board position held, and number of years in Watkins. The woman selected of proctor may recieve the scholarship without having submitted an application for the scholarship. Applicants should answer the following essay questions:

  1. Describe (1) how living on campus has impacted your college experience; and (2) how your housing community at KU has benefited from your involvement and/or leadership.

Watkins Hall Academic Excellence Scholarship

Minnie McDaniel And Leslie B. Robertson Scholarship

Billie Kent Wiedman Citizen Scholarship

Krehbiel Residents