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Go to work for
your future.

You’re ready to pursue your passions and realize your dreams. We want to help. The Rudd Scholarship frees up hard-workers to work hard shaping their future.

*Applications are accepted October 1 through December 1.


Join the Rudd Family.

Join a group of determined go-getters who are making a difference in the world.


Full ride.
Not free pass.

Rudd Scholars are expected to be highly involved and engaged during college.

We want you to get the most out of your time at college, so we will challenge you to push your comfort zone and pursue new experiences.

Live right on campus.

Living on campus means convenience and the chance to room with someone motivated like you during your college journey. The Rudd Scholars pre-approved dorms and rooms are often apartment-style housing.

Be involved in scholar programs.

The more you put in, the more you get back. The Rudd Foundation organizes social gatherings, professional summits, and networking events that can help open doors for your career path.

Get to know your fellow Scholars.

You have a lot in common with your fellow Rudd Scholars. Events like the Scholar Awards Banquet, Freshman Retreat, and Rudd Summits will give you the opportunity to meet and spend time together. Our hope is that you will share experiences and support each other through life’s many milestones.

And don’t stop there.

Make the most of college by getting involved in clubs, sports, and other extracurriculars on campus. Meet regularly with your personal Rudd Program Manager, and explore internship and networking opportunities available to you through the Rudd Scholars program.

Frequently asked questions

What are the eligibility requirements?

It’s a competitive scholarship, but don’t make the mistake of assuming you won’t qualify.

  • Graduating high school senior who plans to enroll full-time in the fall.
  • Must have a cumulative, unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Must be a Kansas resident and qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Demonstrate financial need (Pell-eligible).
  • Will attend either Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State, or Wichita State University.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident.

Do I need to have an ACT or SAT score to apply?

Yes, although it is not weighted heavily in our application review, we do require you have taken the ACT or SAT and can upload your score.

Do I just upload a letter of recommendation?

You will actually just enter your recommenders contact information and the application system will email them a link to a recommendation form for them to complete.

What if I don't have my student aid report back from my FAFSA application?

You can upload a screenshot of the Pell-grant Estimator and submit your application. If you were selected as a finalist, you would need to have your student aid report prior to your interview.

Join the Rudd Scholar Family.