Traditional College Scholarship

The O’Brate Foundation is committed to helping youth with limited resources succeed in reaching their educational goals and becoming positive contributors to society. We invest more than just money in our scholars by providing each of them a staff mentor to help work through the challenges of adjusting to college. In addition, we also provide our scholars with Financial Literacy programming and Personal &Professional Development opportunities and workshops. Our Traditional College Scholarships are based on financial need, renewable and range in size from $1,000 to $5,000 annually. 

Eligibility Criteria

> Financial Need

> Age 17 to 25

> 2.5 GPA or higher

> Kansas High School Graduate or equivalent

> Full-Time Student pursuing , or planning to pursue, an undergraduate or graduate level    certification and/or degree at an accredited technical school, community college, or    college/university. 

> Work Experience and Commitment to Work while in School 

> Drive & Determination to Succeed


The application opens each year in January and is due no later than 11:59 p.m. on May 1st. We do not grant deadline extensions for any reason since the application is open to applicants for more than 3 months. 

Application Information

Graduating high school seniors and current college students between the ages of 17 to 25 are encouraged to complete the online scholarship application. Applicants can get started by creating an account at We discourage the use of School-Issued E-mail Accounts that will be discounted after graduation. Access Code NOT required for New Applicants. 

Selection of Scholars

Applications will be screened in early May. Applicants who are selected for the second round of screening will be contacted for an interview to take place in-person, or via video conference, at the end of May and beginning of June. Students selected as O’Brate Scholars will be notified at the beginning of July and will be required to attend our Summer Seminar the second-to-last Friday in July. 

Application Guide & Summary

Traditional Scholarship Guide (pdf)