The Hummel Family Scholarship

Established by the Hummel Family Foundation in 2017, the Hummel Scholarship program provides substantial scholarship awards to qualified incoming freshmen and transfer students. The family’s vision is to help RU students meet their financial needs and go on to pursue career opportunities that only a university degree will provide.

Hummel Scholarship award amounts vary up to $30,000 depending on the student’s strength of scholarship application and level of financial need. Interested applicants need to first submit an application for admission to Rockhurst University.

From there, you’ll be contacted with more information on applying for this prestigious scholarship.

Scholarship Requirements

A selection committee will review applications and award scholarships to students who:

  • Are enrolled as a full-time undergraduate
  • Intend to complete a degree program
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Submit an application, which includes an essay
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Are in good standing with respect to the code of conduct and other policies concerning student conduct


The committee will give preference to students who:

  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Show they have contributed to society through volunteering, good citizenship, extra-curricular involvement, and work history
  • Are part of the first generation in their family to attend college


Applicants are encouraged to submit letters of recommendation. You may be required to interview with the selection committee.

Those selected as Hummel Scholars will be required to attend annual events and participate in appreciation activities.

Criteria must be maintained to remain qualified for the program. The Hummel Scholarship will be awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis, with neither race, creed, color, sex, age, religion nor disability being considered.

About the Hummel Family Foundation

Dr. Robert C. Hummel is a successful businessman and co-founder of Great Plains Chemical Company, Inc., which became Animal Health International – one of the largest animal health distributors in the nation. He and his wife, Carole, are generous philanthropists who seek opportunities in higher education, as well as programs that teach practical business skills and entrepreneurship.

Upon the recent sale of the company, they created the Hummel Family Foundation to grant scholarships for students at Rockhurst University, along with four other colleges and universities. Their son, Robert C. Hummel II, is a 1993 graduate of RU’s Helzberg School of Management MBA program, a CPA and successful business leader in the Kansas City community.