Financial Aid & Scholarships

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At Kent State University, our goal is to make it possible for talented students to continue their nursing education. Our financial aid services and scholarship programs help a wide range of students make their dream of becoming a nursing professional affordable.

Financial Aid

The Student Financial Aid office at Kent State can assist you with all of your financial aid needs. Contact them to find out if you qualify for any of the types of financial aid below.

  • Loans
  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Work Study
  • Campus-based programs

Note to Accelerated BSN students:

Federal financial aid available to post-undergraduate students is limited to Federal Direct Student Loan programs (subsidized and unsubsidized) at the undergraduate loan levels ranging from $5,500 to $12,500 per academic year.

Post-undergraduate students who are applying for, or are receiving, federal financial aid must submit a completed Program of Study form. To access the Program of Study form, go to the SFA Forms & Applications page and select "2016-2017 Program of Study Form." This form must be signed by an academic advisor verifying required coursework. Each semester during the award year must be listed on the form.

Student Financial Aid


The College of Nursing offers scholarships for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Some of these scholarships have specific criteria (listed below) which must be met. Scholarship applications are available annually during the Spring semester for the upcoming Fall semester.

The deadline for 2017-2018 scholarship applications was March 17, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Services at 330-672-7911.

DNP Scholar Award - $30,000

The DNP Scholar Award will support a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) while earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

The applicant who is selected must provide evidence of ability to plan and implement a scholarly project that has practical application to create sustained, transformative change in mental health care.

Learn More About the DNP Scholar Award




The Jane G. Cunningham Fund

Established as an emergency fund for accelerated nursing student who have experienced financial hardship and as a result are finding it difficult to complete their nursing education. Can be used for tuition, books, room, uniforms, background checks, supplies, and equipment. Must have a minimum 3.4 GPA.


Dean Davina J. Gosnell Endowed Scholarship Fund

Established to provide funds to a BSN student enrolled in clinicals. 


Akron City Hospital Nursing Alumni Endowed Scholarship

To provide funds to an Undergraduate or Graduate student with preference to a diploma graduate of the Akron City Hospital School of Nursing.


Richard and Dorothy Marsh Endowed Scholarship

This fund is to encourage students who have demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve these goals and the initiative to seek
opportunities to further their progress. To be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board. Sophomore level with preference to BSN student with 3.0.


Robert and Julia Dandrow Memorial Scholarship

To provide funds to an Undergraduate in junior or senior standing of a non-traditional aged female. Preference will be given to a woman that has children or who must work.


Nursing Student Scholarship

Any undergraduate or graduate student is eligible.


Yoost & Crawford Fundamentals of Nursing Scholarship

This fund is for a junior level nursing student with preference of 3.0 GPA that has nursing student that has demonstrated outstanding performance in clinical nursing. To be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board. 


Anita O’ Toole Endowed Scholarship

To provide funds to a graduate student in the Psychiatric Mental Health concentration.


American Nurses Association/OJIN Nursing Scholarship Fund

Sophomore level, 3.25 GPA minimum, short essay 500 words maximum about a nursing issue discussed in OJIN. 


Ethel Arthur College of Nursing Endowed Memorial Scholarship

To provide funds for a college of nursing student in good academic standing, preferably from Kent Roosevelt High School. Can be used for tuition.


Karen Budd & Donna Martsolf Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Established to provide financial assistance to an undergraduate or graduate nursing student studying maternity, pediatric, psychiatric/mental health or women’s health nursing. Graduate must be enrolled in Parent/Child concentration, and registered for a clinical course in pediatric, women’s health or psychiatric/mental health and registered for a clinical course in psychiatric or mental health. 


Diane McCloskey Memorial Fund

Established for a sophomore in the nursing program, interested in Oncology. 


Walter and Wilma Fanz Graduate Nursing Scholarship

To provide funds to a graduate student with primary focus on acute or primary care.


J Mikkila Nursing Scholarship

Established to support students in the BSN program who have financial need and non-traditional status or financial risk.


Barbara Freshley Scholarship

For nursing student who demonstrates academic merit.


Treckel Nursing Scholarship Inc.

Established to provide funds to a nontraditional age student with high academic performance and demonstrates leadership on campus.