The Jerry Bailey Educational Opportunity Scholarship

The Jerry Bailey Educational Opportunity Scholarship provides financial support for low-income, underrepresented and first-generation students as they pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas. One to two recipients yearly will receive a one-time award, ranging from $750 to $1,500.

Eligibility/Selection Criteria

Applicants must be newly entering freshmen/transfer students, or continuing undergraduate students at KU, and they must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits) during the fall term of the scholarship award.

The Selection Committee will give preference to applicants who meet as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be first-generation college students, meaning neither parent/guardian has earned a 4-year college bachelor's degree
  • Be current or former participants of a KU CEOP program
  • Have achieved academic success despite hardship or unusual challenge(s)
  • Demonstrate personal motivation for achieving academic and career goals

To Apply

The yearly application period is January 1–March 1 for awards the following fall. All documents and admissions/financial need processes must be completed and submitted by March 1. Applications postmarked or emailed after this deadline will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 15.


Please contact the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs at 785-864-3415 or

To Donate

To donate to the Jerry Bailey CEOP Scholarship Fund and help make more college dreams a reality, contact Brian Friedman, KU Endowment Development Director, at 785-832-7484, or email him at To donate online, please include a note in the Special Instructions field indicating that your donation will benefit the Jerry Bailey Education Opportunity Scholarship Fund.

About Jerry Bailey

Photo: Dr. Jerry Baily, Associate Professor Emeritus in the University of Kansas School of Education

From 1977 to 2013, Jerry Bailey, Associate Professor Emeritus, led over 200 sponsored programs within the KU School of Education and supported colleague and current CEOP Director Ngondi Kamatuka in developing programs at the University that promote educational opportunity and access for all. His leadership and support were instrumental in the development and growth of the current Center for Educational Opportunity Programs. Jerry Bailey has also been an ardent supporter of CEOP’s efforts to build a scholarship fund that will help make a KU degree possible for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students for years to come. His contributions have greatly benefited this scholarship initiative, and we are honored to dedicate this scholarship fund in his name.