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Scholarships Offered to Current Students

Get help paying for your education with scholarships available to KU School of Health Professions students.

Scholarships come from many sources. Some are based on need. Others are based on merit. Still others set aside funds for a particular demographic or area of study.

The department in which you plan to enroll may offer additional scholarship opportunities, so we recommend you explore your department's website as well. Enrolled students receive scholarship details and deadline notifications via an email sent to their student email accounts.

The following scholarships are available for students accepted and enrolled in the KU School of Health Professions. Check back often, as the list is subject to change.

Scholarships for KU School of Health Professions students
  • Eligibility: Full-time SHP students (usually – though not always – from underserved populations) meeting grade-point average and other criteria
  • Application period: Spring
  • Process: SHP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee decides. The award is presented for the following fall semester.
  • Eligibility: SHP students from minority groups who are first-generation university students; also, SHP students who are offered an international academic trip but have insufficient funds for out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Application period: Ongoing
  • Process: As part of the KU “honor code,” students should apply for this award only in the case of financial need that prevents them from participating in the learning experience. Students first seek approval from their academic program and then follow up with the SHP Office of the Dean.
  • Eligibility: A student who graduated from the Shawnee Mission School District and is currently in the last year of his or her graduate degree program in occupational therapy, physical therapy or speech-language pathology at KU. Demonstrated financial need and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.
  • Application period: Students will be notified via SHP email.
  • Process: Provides an award of up to $2,000. SHP email will share process details.
  • Eligibility: Students with at least one term or semester remaining in their professional area of study.
  • Application period: Students will be notified via SHP email.
  • Process: This scholarship program was established to honor the legacies of current and former deans and directors of the Midwest Association of Allied Health Deans of Academic Health Centers. Candidates are evaluated on professional and interpersonal qualities indicating they are likely to establish their own legacies of excellence in service, teaching and/or research in the allied health professions.
  • Eligibility: Students in the School of Health Professions are eligible to apply for the scholarship to complete an elective rotation at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, during the summer of their final year.
  • Application period: TBD
  • Process: Honors the longtime partnership and innovations of David Robinson, M.D., and Mani Mani, M.D., and assists students wanting to complete an international education experience. More information on the program page.
  • Eligibility: Merit-based award that recognizes outstanding KU students who will be transitioning into their first year of a master's or doctorate degree program at KU the following year.
  • Application period: TBD
  • Process: $10,000 scholarship applied to tuition and fees. More information is available on the program page.
  • Eligibility: Full-time students in the School of Health Professions.
  • Application period: The SHP student senate often awards scholarships dependent upon available resources in any given year. The senate will notify students when awards are available for application.
  • Process: Candidates are evaluated based upon community service as well as academic involvement and achievement.
SHP Scholarships Requiring Nomination
  • Selection criteria: Full-time students within the KU School of Health Professions are given this merit scholarship. Demonstrated excellence in scholastic accomplishments, professional leadership and commitment to community service are required, as evidenced by achievements while in their program of study.
  • Process: In the spring or summer of each year, each department of the school will nominate one student for a dean's scholarship to be awarded in the following fall and spring semesters. A student is eligible to be nominated if he/she has a 3.5 or greater cumulative grade point average. Full criteria and instructions are distributed via broadcast e-mail.
  • Selection criteria: A student demonstrating outstanding leadership and contributions to the profession, community, program and the University of Kansas School of Health Professions. Nominees must be a graduating student or a graduate who met the graduation requirements of the previous year from the University of Kansas School of Health Professions.
  • Process: A cash award of $500 will be presented at the Student Recognition Ceremony in May. This award was initiated in 1992 by the University of Kansas Health Professions Alumni Association to recognize the contributions of James P. Cooney, Ph.D., (dean, 1985-1991) to the advancement of the School of Health Professions.
  • Selection criteria: Undergraduate and graduate students with at least one year remaining in their program. Formerly known as the Louise De Schweinitz Darrow Awards, these scholarships recognize excellence in scholastic achievement, leadership potential and social consciousness as evidenced by achievements while in the KU School of Health Professions.
  • Process: The University of Kansas Medical Center Auxiliary Inc. sponsors these awards. Consult your department for details.
Additional Opportunities

This company gives three awards of $1,000 each for students currently enrolled in a degree program in the health professions. The deadline is end of March. Learn more.

Other forms of financial aid such as grants, student loans, work study and other opportunities are managed through the KU Medical Center's Office of Student Financial Aid, including a list of scholarship opportunities from federal and state sources specifically for students wishing to pursue a career in health professions.

Scholarship Process

  1. Visit the online scholarship application site using the button below.
  2. Students selected to receive an award will return to this site to accept the scholarship.
  3. Before funds may be disbursed, a hand-written thank you note to donors and school leadership must be written and delivered. Information on where to deliver the thank you note will be included in the notification email.
  4. Funds are released to the student upon verification that thank you note(s) have been received.


How to Apply

  • Students must be admitted to a KU academic program and have their KU Medical Center username and password set up to access the application.
  • Make sure the FAFSA for the upcoming school year has been completed. The FAFSA opens October 1 and can be accessed at fafsa.gov.

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KU School of Health Professions

KU School of Health Professions
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