The Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship is an educational program developed by the Kansas Board of Regents to help provide financial assistance to academically competitive students who come from certain ethnic/racial backgrounds such as that of African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics. It is dedicated primarily to currently enrolled or incoming college freshmen, although upper-classmen can also apply.

The scholarship provides up to $1,850 per recipient. The final amount awarded to a student is dependent on the student’s financial need. The financial need of an applicant is based on the information that the applicant fills out when submitting their FAFSA. This information from the applicants FAFSA records along with the availability of State funds determines the final award amount that is disbursed to a qualified applicant. Recipients of the Kansas Ethnic Minority scholarship can reapply for the scholarship each academic year for four to five years until they graduate.


To qualify for the Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship, applicants should be US citizens and residents of the State of Kansas for at least one year prior to application. Applicants must be enrolled in a community college, college or university in the State of Kansas.

In addition, the applicant must also satisfy the following conditions

  • Selection by National Merit Corporation in any category
  • Completion of Kansas Scholars Curriculum
  • Applicant must have a minimum ACT score of 21 or
  • Applicant must have a minimum SAT score of 990
  • Their cumulative GPA during school must be 3.0 or above.
  • Applicant must rank in the upper 33% in high school.
  • Chosen as a Hispanic Scholar by the college board

How to Apply

To apply for the Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship, students can download forms from the State of Kansas Student Aid Application. They can email the completely filled-up form, together with their transcript of records, FAFSA records, recommendation letters from the school or college faculty familiar of their academic achievement, as well as other institution-specific requirements.

Scholarship Application Deadline

The deadline for application of scholarship entries is on May 1 of each year. Students can visit http://www.kansasregents.org/scholarships_and_grants to keep track of the latest information regarding the application requirements as well as the selection process schedule in order to be able to submit their requirements on time. As always, we recommend that you apply early so that you can get all your paperwork in order and avoid disappointment.

Alternately, you can also contact them at the address provided below

Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 520
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1368