Hixson Opportunity Award


The Hixson Opportunity Award is for Kansas students who would otherwise not be able to attend the University of Kansas. This renewable award is available to eligible freshmen who will enroll for the upcoming fall semester, and it can be combined with other renewable KU scholarships. Ten students will be selected for this award each year, and recipients will be announced by February 1.


  • $6,000 per year, renewable for a total of four years
  • Ten new recipients are selected per year

January 3, 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020
Eligibility Requirements: 

To be eligible, you must

  • have faced significant personal challenges as well as financial hardship
  • be a Kansas resident
  • be a current high school senior enrolling at KU in the upcoming fall semester
  • be admitted to the University of Kansas
  • show financial need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Priority consideration will be given to first-generation college students (students whose parents did not earn a four-year college degree)

The goal of the Hixson Opportunity Award is to engage students in programs on campus to help them navigate the college experience.

  • use advising, tutoring, and success workshops from TRIO Supportive Education Services (SES)
  • enroll in Hixson Scholars Seminar section as part of University 101
  • participate in Hixson Scholars Peer Mentoring
  • take advantage of opportunities to interact with the scholarship donor, Miss Christina Hixson
  • strongly encouraged to live on-campus during their freshman year