Friends University offers STEM Promise to USD 259 graduating students

Friends University is offering a new STEM Promise program for up to 50 graduating seniors from USD 259 that will cover the tuition for students pursuing a STEM degree at the university.

The program will begin in Fall 2019 and will provide scholarships to cover tuition for up to 18 credit hours per semester for four years through a combination of federal, state and institutional aid sources.

“This new STEM-based program gives academically successful students who may not think they can afford a private education, the ability to attend a private college and enter STEM-related fields,” said Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, president of Friends University. “They can become health care providers, scientists, computer systems and cyber security experts and more while receiving the personalized attention, mentoring and opportunities for personal growth Friends University is known to provide.”

Dr. Carey notes that Friends’ new program ties in with the Project Wichita plan that encourages partnerships and new initiatives within the Wichita community to address educational needs at all levels.

“This program helps high school students find a pathway to a STEM field and provides the education they need so they can serve the community in a significant way,” Dr. Carey said. “It’s a win for everyone – the students, Friends University and Wichita. We help them reach their full potential, and they improve and strengthen Wichita’s workforce and community as a result.”

Students who wish to apply for the program must be:

  • Graduating in May 2019 from a USD 259 high school
  • Interested in pursuing a STEM degree program at Friends University
  • Achieving a 3.2 GPA or higher and a 21 ACT or higher
  • Qualified to receive a federal Pell Grant on a yearly basis

To be considered for enrollment in this program at Friends University in Fall 2019, applicants need to complete the following by April 15, 2019:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete an online application on the Friends University website at
  • Answer two essay questions on the application
  • Have a high school counselor, college and career coordinator, or a STEM teacher fill out the reference form on the website

While the STEM Promise program covers tuition only, some other costs (books, fees or campus housing) can be defrayed by other available programs or an on-campus job.

For more information about the USD 259 STEM Promise program, visit, email or call 316-295-5100.

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.