Federal Department of Education
The Federal government is the largest resource for need-based scholarship and grant programs. A comprehensive list of these grant programs including eligibility requirements is located on StudentAid.gov.
Federal Pell Grant – designed to be awarded to the neediest of students applying for college across the United States.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) - a companion to the Federal Pell Grant and awarded to students on a first come, first served basis according to exceptional financial need.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant - for student’s whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.
Federal TEACH Grant - One of the few Federal grants that is not dependent on financial need. To determine if you are eligible for the grant, take Southwestern’s Teach Entrance Counseling. To receive the grant, you must be admitted to the Southwestern College teacher education program and plan to teach in a qualified school.
State of Kansas
State scholarships are available to Kansas residents who complete the FAFSA the state priority application receipt deadline of APRIL 1. For a comprehensive list of state programs including a full explanation of eligibility requirements, visit the Kansas Board of Regents website. (Students from states other than Kansas should contact their state legislator and/or state regents association. A few states have scholarships that can be used at colleges outside the state.)
Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship - designed to assist financially needy, academically competitive students who are identified as members of certain ethnic/racial groups.
Kansas Nursing Service Scholarship - requires an obligation to practice as an LPN or RN in the State of Kansas and work for a sponsor who is licensed by the State of Kansas in a health care field.
Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship - a merit-based, service obligation scholarship program providing assistance to students who wish to teach or currently teach in state designated hard-to-fill disciplines or underserved geographic areas.
Professional Studies Students - Two scholarships for new undergraduate learners are available.
Southwestern College maintains an index of scholarships that local, regional and national organizations advertise directly to our students. This site is organized alphabetically and by deadline and also contains links to other reputable scholarship search websites.
The United Methodist Church
Southwestern College is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. The Wesleyan tradition encourages critical thinking about faith. Consequently, Methodists have always supported higher education by providing places for students to learn and by providing them with scholarships to support their learning.
Two areas of the United Methodist organization offer scholarships – typically to students who have been active members of a United Methodist church for at least one year. The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry manages scholarships for both graduates and undergraduates and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation supports additional scholarship programs, including the popular United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program.