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Our mission is to be the College’s partner in securing and providing various resources to support and promote education and workforce development throughout the communities we serve.

External Scholarships

  • Soroptimist In 1986, the Wichita Chapter of Soroptimist International established the first-ever adult education scholarship for female students after discovering the lack of funds available for adult women. The Soroptimist Scholarship Fund for Wichita Area Technical College students assists those women acquiring an associate or technical certificate towards a career or career advancement for the benefit of themselves and their children.This scholarship gives consideration to economic need, academic promise, and leadership qualities. No recipient is excluded; however, preference is given to mature, degree-bound women endeavoring to acquire or advance in a career for the benefit of themselves & children dependent on them.Requirements:
    • Be enrolled full or part time at Wichita Area Technical College.
    • Have your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with WATC

    Application Instructions:

    • Complete application form
    • Print an unofficial transcript of entire academic record
    • Print a class schedule for the application term
    • Submit all three documents to the Foundation Office

    Deadline: Must be received in Foundation Office by 5:00 on March 17.

    In 1970, Airbus was established as a European consortium of French, German and later, U.K. and Spanish companies. Airbus became a single integrated company in 2001 and in June 2002, Airbus North American Engineering opened its first engineering and design facility in the United States in Wichita. Wichita Area Technical College is proud of the graduates of our programs who are now employed by Airbus and with help from the company want to expand this opportunity to more students. As a way of maintaining highly skilled local talent, the company established the Airbus Americas Design Scholarship. Airbus hopes that this scholarship will permit students to allocate more time to studying and less to work, enabling them to participate in research projects and other constructive extracurricular activities.


    • Be enrolled full time at Wichita Area Technical College.
    • Be enrolled in Mechanical Engineering Design Program.
    • Prefer a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Have your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with WATC

    Application Instructions:

    • Complete application form
    • Print an unofficial transcript of entire academic record
    • Print a class schedule for the application term
    • Submit all three documents to the Foundation Office

    Deadline: Must be received in Foundation Office by 5:00 on July 1

  • Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award
    Soroptimist is a women’s organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The Live Your Dream award assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them resources they need to improve their education. This scholarship is for the 2016-2017 academic year. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply. Along with the application, the applicant must submit two reference forms found on the website. Applications may be submitted online through the Soroptimist website between July 1 and November 15 of each year.
  • Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)
    The purpose of the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program is to help survivors of intimate partner abuse obtain an education that will secure employment, personal independence and self-sufficiency. This is available for part time and full time students. The application is completely online. There is no deadline, however it is recommended to submit application 2 months before the start date of the program. Scholarship amount ranges from $250-$2,000 per school term. Applicant must identify a nonprofit, domestic violence victim services provider willing to sponsor her for this program. Must have worked with the sponsor for at least 6 months. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply.
  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
    The scholarships from this foundation are for children of Marine and Navy Corpsmen who are pursuing a postsecondary education at any accredited school – whether that be a technical school, community college, or four-year university.  For specific questions, contact Steven Peterson, Chief Operating Officer & Director of Scholarships Programs at 571-384-2790 or via email:
  • Nontraditional Occupations Scholarship Application
    Awarded through the Kansas Board of Regents to gender non-traditional students (e.g., men in nursing, women in welding, etc.). Four $1000 scholarships are available – 2 will be awarded to high school seniors entering post-secondary non-traditional programs in the fall and 2 will be awarded to post-secondary students who will enter or continue their enrollment in the fall semester.
  • Wichita Manufacturer’s Association Scholarship Application
    The Wichita Manufacturers Association (WMA) has established a scholarship program to support and advance the growth of manufacturing in Kansas.  Under this program, qualified full and part-time students attending any university, community college or technical college in the state of Kansas are eligible for scholarship awards.  Application information is available from the WMA online at
  • “Youth Forward Scholarship” If you are a high school sophomore, junior, senior, or a college freshman write an essay about the volunteer work that you are currently apart of. In about 500 words, describe what area you volunteer in, any challenges you have faced, the fulfillment you achieve, and what you have learned. It is for $500 and the deadline in May 1, 2017.“Student-Caregiver Scholarship” Write a 1500-word essay or 2-minute video talking about how you are caring for an older relative. You will need to include who you take care of, the impact it has on your life, the impact it has are your career/educational goals, and how this scholarship will help you. It is for $1500 and the deadline is June 30, 2017.“Residential Design Scholarship” This is for students who are studying interior design, architecture, or landscape architecture. You must create a free online portfolio through Houzz to display your work. This is a $2,500 scholarship with a deadline of June 30, 2017.“Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship” Available to high school or college students with an essay, 500 words or less, answering one of the two questions. 1. Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying? 2. How has cyberbullying personally affected you? This is a $1,000 scholarship with a deadline of June 30, 2017.“Future Leaders Scholarship” You must be living in the US but do not have to be a US citizen, need to be enrolled full-time for the whole award year of 2017-2018, and write an essay with maximum 1,000 words. Within the essay, you must answer 3 of the 4 questions. 1. Tell us about an experience you had volunteering and how you felt. 2. What is your favorite quote and why? 3. Which teacher from your past or present has influenced you and why? 4. If you could visit any country, which one would it be and why? This is a $3,000 scholarship with a deadline of July 15, 2017.“Health and Wellness Scholarship” Students with full-time enrollment for the Fall semester and a minimum of a 3.4 grade point average are eligible. The student must submit an essay of 800-1000 words promoting a healthy lifestyle while in college and how they will continue those habits throughout their lifetime.  This is a $2,500 scholarship with a deadline of August 31, 2017 is a website where you can make an account and it will provide scholarship options specific to

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