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Featured Scholarship Awards

The scholarships endowed by our KU School of Education donors reflect the wide range of their interests, backgrounds, and focus in education and wellness professions.  As a means to illustrate both the breadth and depth of the financial support available to students enrolled at the KU School of Education, additional details on a very limited number of featured scholarship awards that our gracious donors have provided is below.   

*Please note – students applying for scholarships awarded by the KU School of Education need only to complete one application for consideration of all available awards.  

Undergraduate Students

Edward M. Wolpert Scholarship

Established in 2001 to assist undergraduates in the KU School of Education who are pursuing a degree in elementary education. Edward Wolpert received his doctorate in education from KU in 1970, and eventually went on to be dean of the School of Education at Georgia College. He attributes his successful career path to his education at KU.

Edward L. Meyen Scholarship

The Edward L. Meyen Scholarship was established in 1996 with gifts from friends and colleagues in commemoration of Professor Meyen’s return to teaching after serving as executive vice chancellor for the Lawrence campus.  A professor of special education, Dr. Meyen is a former Dean of the KU School of Education.  This scholarship supports undergraduates in the KU School of Education Teacher Education program. 

Graduate Students

Dr. Bob Frederick Scholarship

Dr. Bob Frederick was a former KU Athletic Director and chair of the Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences Department at the University of Kansas.  After he passed away in June 2009, his family established the Dr. Bob Frederick Scholarship Program in dedication to the financial support of graduate students studying Sport Management at the University of Kansas in the Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Science at the KU School of Education.

Clare C. Baldwin 1927 Memorial Scholarship in Education

Established in 2000 by John Baldwin, M.D., the Clare C. Baldwin 1927 Memorial Scholarship in Education honors John’s father who began his education at Emporia State University, but went on to complete his degree in education at KU in 1927.  This scholarship is for graduate students in the KU School of Education who are pursuing careers in teaching.

Richard and Carol Whelan Scholarship

Richard and Carol Whelan established this scholarship in 1999 to provide support for graduate student in Special Education working toward licensure or endorsement in emotional disturbance.  Richard earned his doctoral degree in special education and research from KU in 1966. He was a professor of Special Education and Pediatrics at KUMC, Director of Education at the Children’s Rehabilitation Unit, Associate Dean of a Graduate Division from 1988-1994, as well as Dean of the KU School of Education from 1992-1994. Carol also received degrees from KU in 1957 and 1982. 

Judy Nordstrom Johnson Scholarship

In 2005, Dr. Howard and Judy Nordstrom Johnson created this scholarship to support elementary education majors and/or graduate students with an emphasis in reading. Judy received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from KU in 1961. She retired in 1998 from the public school district in Bellevue, Washington where she worked as an elementary school teacher. Also a graduate of KU, Howard received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1959. 

Diversity Focused Scholarships

Billy Mills Running Strong for American Indian Youth Scholarship

The Billy Mills Running Strong for American Indian Youth Scholarship was established in 2003 by Billy Mills and his Indian Youth Foundation to support Native American students in the KU School of Education’s. Billy attended Haskell Indian Junior College, and he graduated from KU in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. Billy was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979, the KU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984, the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Marine Corps Hall of Fame in 2001. 

Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) Scholarship

The Multicultural Scholars Program at the University of Kansas offers a unique opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds or who are the first in their families to complete college. While this program provides financial support, it also functions to ensure the success of the student’s academic and career journey. This scholarship offers academic, social, personal, and career support and assists and prepares students to receive the maximum benefit of their education while they are at the KU School of Education.

 

Teacher Education Students

 

Judith Tietze Trowbridge Scholarship 

Judith Tietze Trowbridge established this scholarship in 1994 to support students in the KU School of Education Teacher Education program with a preference given to those preparing for classroom instruction and those that have successfully completed the first year of the program.  Judith received a bachelor’s degree in art education from KU in 1967. 

Musick Family Scholarship

The Musick Family Scholarship was established in 2008 by Kala A. Musick. This scholarship is for Kansas residents who are students in the KU School of Education majoring in elementary or secondary education. Ms. Musick earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1966 and a master’s in education in 1969, both from KU.  She taught in Denver for one year before returning to Kansas, where she taught for 37 years in the Shawnee Mission School District before retiring in 2007. 

Opportunity & Supportive Funds

Helen "Pete" Maduros Regas Student Support in Education

The Helen "Pete" Maduros Regas Student Support in Education fund provides support for undergraduate and graduate students in the KU School of Education who are experiencing a financial hardship, which jeopardizes their ability to continue their education. 

To make a gift to these funds or to the KU School of Education, please click here.

To learn more about establishing a scholarship of your own, please contact Brian Friedman, bfriedman@kuendowment.org


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