Hixson Opportunity Award – Deadline February 1st (Today)

Hixson Opportunity Award

Hixson scholars

For many of the great successes of the world, the background they came from was their great challenge. I’m trying to find those people. Those who may not have the highest grade point or a perfect family background, but who can be successful. These are the ones who will lend the helping hands in the future.
– Christina Hixson-

The Hixson Opportunity Award was established to provide the opportunity for students to attend the University of Kansas who would otherwise not be able to attend.

You are ready to go to college and have chosen the University of Kansas. Maybe you are the child of a parent who did not go to college, you do not think you can afford to go to KU, or you have other obstacles in your path to a college education. If so, there is a scholarship program just for you. It will help you understand how to make the transition from high school to college, give you a scholarship for four years, and help you make life-long connections with faculty and staff.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students must have faced personal challenges and/or financial hardship.
  2. Students must be residents of Kansas and current high school seniors.
  3. Students must be admissible to the University of Kansasby
    • Achieving an ACT score of 21 or above or an SAT score of 980 or above, OR
    • Earning at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0-point scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum, OR
    • Ranking in the top one-third of their high-school class.
  4. Students must be entering freshman for the upcoming fall term at KU.
  5. Students must show financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  6. Students whose parent(s)/guardian(s) did not earn a 4-year college degree (first generation) will receive priority consideration.

Application Procedures

  1. Submit the Hixson Scholars application (pdf)by February 1. Application materials are available each year on October 1. Each application should include:
    • The application cover page.
    • A letter of recommendation from the student’s guidance counselor, teacher, or community leader.
    • An essay describing the applicant’s potential to succeed and any personal challeges s/he faced that may hinder achieving these goals.
  2. Complete the University of Kansas admission application process for the upcoming fall term by February 1.
  3. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov preferably by February 1 but no later than March 1 each year. If you are unable to use completed income tax information, FAFSA allows you to estimate income and submit corrections, if needed, after taxes are filed.

Recipient Expectations

The goal of the Hixson Opportunity Award is to engage students in existing programs on campus which will help them navigate their college experience, including:

Recipients also have the opportunity to participate in specialized programs:

  • Academic Success Seminars
  • Faculty & Staff Support Network
  • Transitions Program
  • Tutoring, Mentoring, & Academic Advising

Award Information

  • Available to entering freshmen who wish to study any major offered at the University of Kansas.
  • Awards are $5000 per year, renewable for a total of four years.
  • Ten new award recipients will be selected per year.
  • Recipients will be announced by April 1 of each year.
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