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Legacy Scholarship Criteria and Application Instructions

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship application period for students attending Washburn in 2021-22 opened on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, and closed on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

Applicants must read and meet the following criteria and complete the following instructions to be eligible for Legacy Scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. The application period for students attending Washburn in 2022-23 will open in fall 2021.



  1. Applicants must be Washburn alumni or Washburn legacies. What is a legacy? An applicant is a legacy if they have a parent(s), sibling(s), grandparent(s), or a spouse who is either a graduate of or is attending Washburn University or Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech).

  2. Applicants must re-apply each year for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

  3. Undergraduate students (full-time and part-time), graduate students, international students and incoming 1L (Washburn Law) students who meet the scholarship criteria are invited to apply.

  4. If applicant is an incoming or a continuing graduate student, an incoming 1L at Washburn Law or a continuing Washburn University undergraduate student, they must be a current dues paid member of the Alumni Association. Student membership rate is $10 per year. Membership must be finalized prior to the scholarship deadline.

  5. Washburn Tech students, incoming undergraduate transfer students, and incoming freshmen are not required to be student members of the Alumni Association prior to their first-year legacy scholarship application. For each application year thereafter, the above listed student categories will be required to be student members of the Alumni Association prior to the legacy scholarship application deadline.

  6. If applicant is a legacy student, their alumni parent(s), sibling(s), grandparent(s), or spouse must be a current dues paid member of the Alumni Association unless deceased. Membership must be finalized prior to the scholarship deadline.

  7. College applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at Washburn University and have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5. Part-time students enrolled in 6-11 credit hours are eligible to receive half the scholarship amount awarded to full time students.

  8. High school applicants must plan on enrolling at Washburn University or Washburn Tech for the fall 2021 semester and have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75.

  9. High school applicants must be seniors entering Washburn University as freshmen in the fall of 2021.


Application Instructions

  1. Applicants must complete and submit the alumni scholarship online application by Dec. 1, 2020. The form will be available beginning Sept. 15, 2020.

  2. In addition to the online application, you must provide the following to the Alumni Association by Dec. 1, 2020: 

    1. A biographical statement that includes your educational background, financial need, a statement of goals and objectives for obtaining a college degree or technical certification and other pertinent information (250 or fewer words). Email documents to

    2. A copy of your unofficial transcript from one of the following:

      1. Washburn University (if you have completed a semester or more at Washburn, you can use to get a copy of your unofficial Washburn transcript)

      2. Washburn Tech

      3. The college or university from which you are transferring

      4. If you are a current first year student and have no previous Washburn coursework, please submit an unofficial copy of your high school transcript in place of an unofficial Washburn transcript.
      5. The high school from which you will graduate if you are a high school senior about to enter Washburn as a freshman. 

  3. To ensure your transcripts and biographical statement are able to be viewed, please do not use a shareable format such as Google Docs. If a standalone copy of the transcript cannot be downloaded, it typically works best to copy and paste the transcript into a Word document, save that, and then attach the resulting file to an email sent to .

    1. A separate transcript must be included with your application materials. The Washburn Alumni Association and Foundation does not have access to transcripts previously submitted to the office of Admissions or the Financial Aid office.

All application materials must be received by the scholarship deadline (Dec. 1, 2020) for consideration.

Scholarships will be disbursed in two equal payments, one half in fall 2021 and one half in spring 2022.

Submitting a scholarship application does not constitute a guarantee of receiving a scholarship. Please note, applying for assistance through Washburn's Financial Aid Office or applying for general university academic scholarships does not constitute your application for an Alumni Association scholarship. You must file this online application through the Alumni Association. You will receive a confirmation email upon submission which will verify receipt of your online application.


 The Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

Instructions and criteria
2019-20 recipients


Did You Know?

There are many ways to help fund legacy scholarships. A portion of Alumni Association membership dues, proceeds from the Washburn University license plate program and registration fees for Alumni Association events help fund the scholarships. You may also chose to make a gift directly to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

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