Scholarships for Freshmen Outside of Ohio for Fall 2020

You will be considered for the incoming freshmen scholarships listed below if you are admitted to Kent State University by August 1, 2020, with the exception of the Honors Distinction Award and the Honors Distinction Award in Residence.  In order to be considered for the Honors Awards, you must be admitted to Kent State University by June 1, 2020 and you must apply and be admitted to the Honors College by June 15, 2020.  All awards require the student to be a U.S. citizen and enroll full-time at the Kent Campus.  

All awards are four-year renewable scholarships and students can receive multiple scholarship awards.  Scholarships can be applied only to tuition instructional and general fees, except for the Honors Distinction Award in Residence.  

The cumulative high school GPA used for scholarship purposes will be the 7th semester high school GPA.  Kent State will use the highest cumulative GPA posted on the high school transcript.  Students admitted before the end of their 7th semester can submit an updated transcript by February 1, 2020, for scholarship reconsideration.

For scholarship purposes, Kent State will use the highest ACT/SAT composite score from a single test date. The test must be taken prior to April 2020.

President’s Achievement Award

  • Requires minimum:
    • 3.25 cumulative high school GPA 
    • 21 ACT / 1060 SAT
  • Annual awards range from $4,000 - $12,500

Honors Distinction Award

  • Must apply and be admitted to the Honors College no later than June 15, 2020.
  • Must enroll and participate in the Honors College program.
  • Requires minimum:
    • 3.6 cumulative high school GPA 
    • 27 ACT / 1260 SAT
  • Annual awards range from $1,000 - $3,000

Honors Distinction Award in Residence

  • Must apply and be admitted to the Honors College no later than June 15, 2020.
  • Must enroll and participate in the Honors College program.
  • Must live in a University-owned residence hall
  • Must have minimum:
    • 4.0 cumulative high school GPA 
    • 31 ACT / 1390 SAT
  • Annual awards range from $500-$1,000

Founders Scholarship

  • Must have minimum:
    • 4.0 cumulative high school GPA
    • 31 ACT / 1390 SAT
  • Annual awards range from $1,000-$2,000

Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship

  • Available to African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino students
  • Requires minimum:
    • 3.25 cumulative high school GPA 
    • 21 ACT / 1060 SAT
  • Annual award:  $3,000

Many Colleges and departments offer scholarship opportunities as well.  These scholarship programs often require a separate application.  Use the Kent State Scholarship Search to look for additional scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply.

Kent State university makes every effort to provide accurate, timely and current information. However, the University reserves the right to change without notice any statement due to federal, state or institutional changes in policies, procedures or regulations.