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The Senator Robert J. Dole Public Service Scholarship Program recognizes graduating Kansas high school students who have demonstrated leadership and community involvement. Drawing upon the spirit and experience of Senator Bob Dole’s career, the Dole Institute emphasizes public service by helping students to understand the challenges and rewards of public life.
Funded by two federal grants from NASA, the scholarship program began with 40 scholarships each year in 2005 and 2006. From 2007-2009, a total of 128 new scholarships were awarded annually. All scholarships could be renewed up to 3 times. In 2014, 30 one-time scholarships were awarded.
Scholarship recipients were required to complete 100 community service hours per year. To date, students have provided more than 100,000 service hours in Kansas.
The scholarships, now totaling more than $1.4 million to date, have been distributed among the state’s four congressional districts to ensure the broadest statewide opportunity and participation.
Scholars must enroll at one of the six Kansas Board of Regents universities or Washburn University in Topeka. Regents Universities are The University of Kansas, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University and Wichita State University.
Dole Scholar Recipients
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