College of Arts & Science

Scholarships & Awards

96% percent of Baker students on the Baldwin City campus receive financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants that total thousands of dollars per student.

Main Point of Contact

Jana Parks

Director of Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Helping You BU

We strive to provide financial assistance to as many students as possible. Early action is important. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.

Office of Financial Aid
P.O. Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To be awarded an academic scholarship, freshmen and new transfer students must be admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences or a School of Education undergraduate program.

If you have not applied for admission, you may apply online.

After you are admitted to Baker, we’ll use the information on file to determine your academic scholarship eligibility. For need-based aid, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  between October 1 and March 15. When your FAFSA results arrive, we’ll prepare your individual financial aid letter, which details all known sources of financial aid. Learn more about need-based programs.

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Freshman Competition Awards

Edward Lin Harter & Sylvia Lloyd Harter Scholarship

Full tuition for four years, provided you maintain a minimum GPA. Eligible students will be notified in their acceptance packet.

Ada Hopkins Lake Endowed Scholarship

Full tuition, fees, on-campus housing, meals, and books for four years, provided you maintain a minimum GPA. Students eligible for this need-based award will be notified in their acceptance packet.

Presidential Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded based on participation in Academic Scholarship Competition Day and are in addition to other scholarships awarded by Baker University. Eligible students will be notified in their acceptance packet.

Competition for Harter and Presidential awards is held each winter. The Lake scholarship is awarded every other year.

Dec. 4, 2020 | Compete for Harter & Presidential
Feb. 6, 2021 | Compete for Presidential

Academic Scholarship Competition Day

Merit Awards

Scholarship/Award Amount Renewal Cum. GPA
Honors Scholarship $13,000 3.00
Academic Merit Scholarship $10,000 2.50
Wildcat Scholarship $8,000 2.25
University Award $6,000 2.15

Transfer Awards

Eligibility for the following scholarships is based on a cumulative transfer GPA determined by the Baker University registrar at the time of enrollment.

Scholarship/Award Amount Req. GPA Renewal Cum. GPA
Honors Scholarship $13,000 3.60-4.0 3.00
Academic Merit Scholarship $10,000 3.0-3.59 2.50
Wildcat Scholarship $8,000 2.60-2.99 2.25
Phi Theta Kappa
*Must be a member
Additional $1,000 3.25 2.50

Athletic Awards

Scholarships for our student-athletes are packaged differently than for students who do not participate in varsity athletics. Athletic awarding is done on a case-by-case basis. All prospective athletes must complete a FAFSA. Coaches will visit with prospective players about the aid they are eligible to receive.

The Athletic Department offers scholarship awards that recognize academic and athletic talent. In addition to these offers, the Bishop Quayle Award and an award from the Harter Scholarship Competition can be added. Federal, state, and outside aid can provide additional assistance.

Participation Awards & Additional Baker Scholarships

Some of the following awards may be added to an academic scholarship; however, the total amount of Baker-funded scholarships and grants cannot exceed the cost of tuition for the upcoming year.

Recipients must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative Baker GPA plus earn a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to renew any of the following awards.

Participation Award

Awards are available in the following areas: studio art, journalism, digital media, broadcasting, creative writing, vocal and instrumental music, and theatre. Students who exhibit special talent in these areas may be eligible for a participation award. Award amounts vary according to funding, the number of applicants, and the student’s contribution to the activity. Recipients must be accepted for admission.

Cultural Diversity Scholarship*

To qualify, at least one parent must be Native American or Native Alaskan, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic. The student must also be a U.S. citizen and planning to enroll as a full-time student at Baker. Data is gathered through self-reporting on the application for admission. The FAFSA is required annually. *Need-based award

Alumni Legacy Advantage | $1,000 per year

Children and grandchildren of Baker graduates are eligible.

Former Concurrent Credit Student | $50,000 over four years

Students from Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission, and DeSoto schools who earned a C or better in a Baker University concurrent credit course are eligible for a $50,000 scholarship over a four-year, degree-seeking enrollment period.

Out-of-State Grant*

Incoming students who are not residents of Kansas may be eligible for this need-based award. The FAFSA must be completed annually. Not all out-of-state students are funded. *Need-based award

Bishop Quayle Award | up to $600 per year

Baker will match your church’s contribution from an established scholarship fund. You should be an active participant in a church, which does not have to be United Methodist. Print the application and take it to your church for completion.

Bishop Quayle Church Matching Scholarship

Tuition Remission/Exchange

Dependents of full-time employees of Baker or eligible tuition exchange schools are required to complete the FAFSA annually by March 15. Tuition assistance will be a combination of state and federal grants and institutional dollars.

Outside Scholarships Available From Other Donors

The United Methodist Scholarship Program is a churchwide educational service providing scholarships to help supplement the financial needs of today’s students. Funding for these scholarships is provided through Special Sunday Offerings, will, annuities, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, and other designated gifts. Contact the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation for more information.

Contact the Financial Aid Office for an application for the Diffenbaugh Grant for Missouri Residents.

Learn more about scholarship and college savings options for low- to moderate-income students living in the greater Kansas City area.

Baker’s quarterly Outside Scholarship Newsletter lists many scholarship opportunities

Outside Scholarship Newsletter

The Office of Financial Aid is the only office at Baker University authorized to offer financial aid to students.

Only awards originating from this office will constitute a commitment on behalf of Baker University. Recommendations for awards can be made by faculty or staff on campus, and these are taken into consideration before the award letter is sent. Financial aid is disbursed through the Business Office at the beginning of each semester. Employment checks for campus work are disbursed monthly.