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College of Aeronautics and Engineering Scholarships

Applications for all scholarships offered by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) are accepted roughly October 1 through February 1 unless otherwise noted. Scholarship recipients will be notified during the spring term of the current academic year, and all awards will be applied to the following fall and spring term(s).

Contact Lawrence Epps at or 330-672-9989 for more information.

In order to maintain scholarship eligibility students must be registered as a full-time Kent campus student (must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours of Kent campus coursework).


  • The 2019-2020 application materials deadline is February 8, 2019. All materials must have been received or postmarked by February 8, 2019. Print and complete the 2019-2020 application (PDF).
  • A total of two letters of reference is required. Applicants must submit a minimum of one letter of reference from a faculty member. (Not applicable for incoming freshman applying for Leland Keller Scholar Award. Applicants for this award can fulfill this requirement with a letter of reference from a high school teacher or other reputable source.) Request that your reference sign the back of the envelope after it has been sealed. It may be delivered or mailed. Letters can be addressed to:

Scholarship Award Committee
College of Aeronautics and Engineering
127 Aeronautics and Technology Building
PO Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242

  • Applicants must submit a minimum one-page typed essay (single-spaced) that describes an experience (academic or otherwise) that significantly impacted your choice to pursue your chosen area of study.  Please include your interests, professional aspirations and a statement of intent of how the awarded funds will be used.


The Allen L. and Terri L. Maurer Fund for Flight Training will be awarded to a full-time Aeronautics major pursuing the Flight Technology concentration to supplement tuition, books, or other necessary materials. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, attained a private pilot's license, demonstrated financial need, and submit an essay on "My Love of Flying," as well as a letter of recommendation from the Aeronautics Program Director, College of Aeronautics and Engineering with their application for scholarship.

Aviation Scholarship Fund

Awarded to full time Kent State University Students who are actively pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics in any of the four areas of concentration accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). Priority for this scholarship will be afforded applicants who have demonstrated leadership potential. Consideration will also be given to need and academic achievement based on input from Director of Aeronautics as well as the aeronautics faculty as applicable.

Brooks and Mary Weingart Endowed Scholarship Fund

Recipients should meet the minimum requirements to receive financial aid from Kent State University. Must be a sophomore and have a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average. Renewable up to two additional times.

The Cafaro Endowed Scholarship for Innovation

Eligible students must be enrolled in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Preference shall be given to Kent State University students who are residents of Trumbull County but will be limited, in all cases to residents of Trumbull, Mahoning, or Portage counties. Students must have minimum sophomore standing and a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required.


Awarded to sophomore, junior or senior student pursuing degree in technology, applied engineering, or other industrial program with priority given to students from Ohio. The award may be applied to tuition, room and board, and books and supplies.


The Clinton Van Deusen scholarship is available to students pursuing a major in Applied Engineering in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering.

David McFarland Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time Kent State University student pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any major in the Aeronautics program in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. The recipient must demonstrate financial need through completion of the FAFSA form in the Office of Student Financial Aid. The scholarship is renewable as long as the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the duration of the time he or she receives the scholarship.

Gary Rich Applied Engineering Scholarship

Eligible student must be an Applied Engineering major from Ohio who best demonstrates the attributes that will enable a student to become a successful engineer as reflected in the vision of Dr. Darwin Boyd.

Dr. Guion S. Bluford , Jr. Minority Aeronautics Scholarship

Awarded to graduating high school seniors who will be incoming Kent State University student enrolled in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Preference will be given to African American or Hispanic students with  an interested in Aerospace Engineering or another Aeronautics related degree. Recipients shall have a minimum non-weighted high school grade point average of 3.5. This award is renewable for 3 additional years by maintaining full-time status with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Recipients must maintain an affiliation with a professional organization in their area of study.


The Leland Keller Scholar Award is awarded annually to two (2) incoming freshman students pursuing any major in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Students must remain enrolled in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering for the entire award year, or forfeit the award. Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, 25 ACT composite, or 1130 combined critical reading and math on SAT. The amount of the award is $1,500.00 for the academic year.

Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship

Awarded to juniors or seniors in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering pursuing the Innovation or Sustainability minors. The award is applied to tuition only and is granted based on established academic achievement and/or academic potential or the financial need of exceptional students.

Michael S. Dragomier Endowed Scholarship

Must be a full-time Kent State University student who is enrolled in courses at Kent campus majoring in Applied Engineering. The recipient must be a current member of the American Foundry Society, and be recommended by the current Foundry Educational Foundation Key Professor.


This scholarship was established to assist female students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics with funds to supplement tuition, books, or other necessary materials associated with costs related to their program of study.  Recipients shall be selected on the basis of the following criteria: minimum junior standing in the Aeronautics major in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, demonstrated financial need verifiable by FAFSA, a letter of recommendation from the Academic Program Director, Aeronautics Division, CAE, and participation in Women in Aviation, and/or student organizations related to the major. A separate application is required for this scholarship.

Paul J. Conley Scholarship

The Paul J. Conley Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Eligible students include incoming freshman, returning freshman, sophomore, juniors and seniors.

Richard "Dick" Schwabe Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Schwabe Endowed Scholarship Fund was established for the encouragement of students enrolled in the Division of Aeronautics, and more specifically the flight technology concentration who have demonstrated the capacity and motivation to achieve educational and professional goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. Scholarship recipients must meet the following criteria: earned private pilot rating or higher, junior academic standing, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater, demonstrated financial need verifiable by a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), completed one page essay entitled, "The Love of Flying" to be attached to the general CAE scholarship application.


Awarded to U.S. Armed Forces Veteran with Honorable Discharge not eligible for 9/11 benefits pursuing degree in Aeronautics with a concentration in Flight Technology. Should the applicant pool not yield a qualified candidate a United States Armed Forces veteran with an honorable discharge would be eligible. DD 214 required to prove eligibility.

THOMAS H. HODANOVAC Endowed Scholarship Fund

The recipient of the scholarship will be a full-time student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics. Award based on merit and academic achievement.  Student must maintain a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average.