Scholarship information

Scholarships may be available to KU School of Business students who participate in:

  • Short-term study abroad programs sponsored by the School of Business;
  • Semester exchange programs at University of Kansas partner schools;
  • Certain SIP/direct-enroll programs.

How to apply

Please submit the following, combined into one PDF file:

  • Cover page detailing your name, location and dates of your study abroad program;
  • Resume;
  • Essay (500 words) detailing the following:
    • Why do you wish to study abroad (professional and academic reasoning), and why you chose your study abroad program?
    • Which experiences and skills make you a good candidate for the program?
    • How will this experience impact your career?
    • A brief statement of any special circumstances of financial need​​.

Submit these three items, combined into one PDF file, via email to  

*Students who have qualified for Financial Aid and demonstrated significant financial need, especially unmet need, will possibly be eligible for larger awards. Students who study a foreign language may also be eligible for larger awards. Students participating in certain programs in nontraditional study abroad locations may be eligible for larger awards. Recipients of scholarships awarded by the KU School of Business are required to write a thank-you note to the sponsoring organization or individual of the scholarship. Business minors are not eligible for KU School of Business study abroad scholarships.

Charles and Frances Curless

The Charles and Frances Curless Study Abroad Scholarship was established in 2001 by Frances and her daughter, Cathleen S. "Cathy" Curless. It was named in honor of Cathy's father, and Frances' name was added upon her death in 2003. Frances and Charles married in 1938 and in 1945, they moved to Hiawatha, Kansas. From 1961 to 1966, Frances taught sixth grade in Powhattan, then taught junior high math in Hiawatha until her retirement in 1976. That same year, Cathy Curless received a bachelor's degree in microbiology from KU. In 1978, she earned a Master of Business Administration from KU.

This scholarship is for students in the School of Business for the purpose of studying abroad.

John E. and Mary Claire Peppercorn

The John E. and Mary Claire Peppercorn Scholarship was established in 1990 by John and Mary Claire Peppercorn. John received a bachelor's degree in business from KU in 1960. He played football and basketball while at KU, was active in Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and lived in Stouffer Place with his wife. Mary Claire received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from KU in 1959 and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. John enjoyed a career with Chevron Chemical Co. in San Francisco, serving as its senior vice-president and then president. He travelled worldwide for Chevron and came to realize that a strong background in international business benefits students entering the workforce.

This scholarship is for undergraduates in the School of Business who are furthering their international business education through study abroad and internships.

Megan E. Taylor Memorial Scholarship

The Megan Taylor Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 to encourage KU School of Business students to gain international experience.

The scholarship is targeted to students, especially women, with financial need.