New Freshmen Scholarships

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Kent State offers a comprehensive portfolio of scholarships for incoming freshmen. To be considered for new freshman 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 freshman academic scholarships are based upon academic performance and, in some cases, financial aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Incoming freshman 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. Use the Kent State University Scholarship Search Qualifier to determine your eligibility for additional scholarships.

New Freshman Scholarship Details and Deadlines
Scholarship Name Criteria How To Apply Amount Deadline
Founders Scholarship To be considered for Founders: Minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA, 29 ACT composite or 1350 new SAT total score (1290 combined critical reading and math on old 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

$500 to full tuition per year. Limited number of awards available each year. Renewable. Jan. 15
Honors College Scholarship Minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA and 27 ACT composite or 1280 new SAT total score (1210 combined critical reading and math score on old 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 1060 new SAT total score (980 combined critical reading and math on old SAT). Member of an underrepresented population in higher education: African American, Hispanic or Native American. Submit a complete application for admission.

 

Eligible: New Freshmen

$3,000 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 ($4,182). Renewable.  
President's Scholarship Minimum 3.3 GPA, 25 ACT composite or 1200 new SAT total score (1130 combined critical reading and math on old 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 ($4,182). Renewable. Jan. 15
Trustee Scholarship Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, 21 ACT composite or 1060 new SAT total score (980 combined critical reading and math on old SAT). Submit a complete application for admission.

 

Eligible: New Freshmen

$1,000 - $5,000 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 2.75 cumulative GPA or minimum 21 ACT or 1060 new SAT total score (980 combined critical reading and math score on old SAT).
Transfer Student: Minimum 2.5 cumulative college GPA. Students who have completed a bachelor's degree are not eligible.
Submit a complete application for admission.

 

Eligible: New Freshmen

One-half of the out-of-state surcharge ($4,182). Renewable.