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Scholarships

Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Kent State University offers a comprehensive portfolio of scholarships for incoming freshmen. To be considered for incoming freshmen scholarships at the Kent Campus, you must submit a complete application for admission (including high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores and application fee) by Jan. 15.

Freshmen applying after this date will be considered for scholarships if funds are available. Incoming freshmen academic scholarships are based upon academic performance, extracurricular involvement, leadership and, in some cases, financial aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Incoming freshmen should submit the FAFSA by Jan. 15. Scholarships do not require repayment and are often renewable if students meet specified criteria.

For more information about freshman and departmental scholarships, visit Student Financial Aid online. Use the Kent State University Scholarship Search Qualifier to determine your eligibility for additional scholarships.


Scholarship Name Criteria How To Apply Amount Deadline
Founders Scholarship To be considered for Founders: Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA, 29 ACT composite or 1290 combined critical reading and math on SAT. The selection process is very competitive and only 50 awards are given each year. Additional criteria as determined by donor. Submit a complete application for admission.

Eligible: New Freshmen
Annual amount varies. 50 awards each year. Renewable. Jan. 15
Honors College Scholarship Minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA and 27 ACT composite or combined critical reading and math score of 1210 on the SAT. Submit a complete application for admission.
 
Students who meet eligibility requirements will be sent information on completing the Honors College application and essays.


Eligible: New Freshmen
$1,000 - $6,000 per year. Number of awards vary. Renewable. Jan. 15
Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, 21 ACT composite or 980 combined critical reading and math on SAT. Member of an underrepresented population in higher education: African American, Hispanic or Native American. Submit a complete application for admission.

Eligible: New Freshmen
$2,000 per year. Number of awards vary. Renewable. Jan. 15
President's Grant Child or stepchild of a Kent State graduate. Must be out-of-state resident. Submit a complete application for admission.

Eligible: New Freshmen
One-half of the out-of-state surcharge ($3,980). Renewable. Jan. 15
President's Scholarship Minimum 3.25 GPA, 23 ACT composite or combined 1070 critical reading and math on SAT to be considered. Must be an out-of-state resident. Submit a complete application for admission.

Eligible: New Freshmen
One-half of the out-of-state surcharge ($3,980). Renewable. Jan. 15
Trustee Scholarship Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, 21 ACT composite or combined 980 critical reading and math on SAT.
Submit a complete application for admission.

Eligible: New Freshmen
$1,000 - $4,500 per year. Number of awards vary. Renewable. Jan. 15
University Award The student must be a resident of one of the 49 states outside of Ohio and not eligible for in-state tuition.

Incoming freshman: Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA or minimum 21 ACT or combined critical reading and math score of 980 on SAT.

Transfer Student: Minimum 2.25 cumulative college GPA. Students who have completed a bachelor's degree are not eligible

Submit a complete application for admission.

Eligible: Incoming Freshman or Transfer Students
One-half of the out-of-state surcharge ($3,980). Renewable.