Scholarships & Awards Programs
Baldwin City Undergraduate Students
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 shown below to determine your academic scholarship eligibility. Then, after January 1, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When we receive your FAFSA results, we'll prepare your individual financial aid letter detailing all known sources of financial aid.
Harter Scholarship: Full tuition for four years provided you maintain a 3.25 GPA. Eligible students (institutional rating of 90+) will be notified in their acceptance packet. Competition for this award his held in February. Learn more about the Harter Scholarship competition.
Presidential Scholarship: Honors and Academic Merit Scholarship recipients are eligible to compete for this additional award of $1,000 to $8,000. Competition for this award is held in February. Learn more about Scholarship Competition Day.
STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics): Honors and Academic Merit Scholarship recipients who are interested our science, math, and preengineering programs are eligible to compete for this additional award of $1,000 to $4,000. Competition for this award is held in February. Learn more about Scholarship Competition Day.
Scholarships are based on an institutional rating for freshmen. Your institutional rating is a calculation of your GPA and ACT or SAT test score, with a maximum score of 100. Use the online scholarship calculator to determine your rating and scholarship.
Academic Merit Scholarship
Eligibility for the following scholarships is based on a cumulative transfer GPA determined by the Baker University registrar.
Academic Merit Scholarship
Phi Theta Kappa
All stipends are locked in and do not increase after enrollment.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
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:
Alumni Legacy Award | $500
Children and grandchildren of Baker graduates are eligible.
Awards are available in the following areas: art, athletics, cheerleading, dance squad, speech choir, journalism, public relations, broadcasting, music and theatre. Students who exhibit special talent in these areas may be eligible for a participation award. Award amounts vary according to funding, number of applicants and the student's contribution to the activity. Recipients must be accepted for admission.
Out-of-State Grant | $500 - $3,000*
Incoming students who are not residents of Kansas may be eligible for this need-based award. The FAFSA and institutional aid application must be completed annually. Not all out-of-state students are funded. *Need-based award
Bishop Quayle Award | up to $600 per year
Baker matches the church's contribution from an established scholarship fund, up to $600 per year. 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
Cultural Diversity Scholarship | $500 - $3,000*
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. Ethnic origin is reported on the Baker application for admission. The FAFSA is required annually. *Need-based award
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.
The following sources of aid are 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.
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.
What Can You Look Forward To?
Departmental Recognition Awards are awarded each May to at least two rising senior majors per department.