Merit Scholarships for First-Time Students from Ohio for Fall 2022


You will be considered for first-year student merit scholarships if you apply to Kent State University by Feb. 1, 2022, with the exception of the Honors Distinction Award. You must apply and be admitted to Kent State University by Feb. 1, 2022 to be considered for an invitation to apply to the Honors College.

You must be classified as an Ohio resident for tuition, be a U.S. citizen, declare a bachelor’s degree-granting major, and plan to enroll full-time at the Kent Campus. 


Merit scholarships can be applied only to tuition, instructional and general fees.  If a combination of the merit scholarship and any other tuition award exceeds the cost of tuition at Kent State University, the scholarship may be reduced or cancelled. If you will be the recipient of a Kent State University Employee Tuition Benefit Waiver, NEOMED employee tuition benefit or a tuition waiver offered by another college or university, your tuition scholarship offer will be reduced or cancelled.   

Test-Optional Scores & Test Score Impact on Scholarships

Kent State is test-optional, meaning students are not required to submit standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT).  If you have test scores, you can request that your scores not be used in your admission decision.  If submitted, the latest test scores that will be accepted for scholarship purposes is December 2021. Test scores taken after December 2021 will not be considered in the scholarship review process. 

Kent State will provide you with our best scholarship offer, regardless of whether test scores are used in your admission decision. 

Each of the scholarship programs listed below are competitive.  Awards are not guaranteed.


Academic Achievement Award
  • Annual awards range from $1,000 - $4,000
Honors Distinction Award
  • Students with a minimum 3.7 cumulative high school GPA will be invited to apply to the Honors College.
  • Priority given to students admitted by December 1, 2021 and who apply to the Honors College by December 15, 2021. 
  • All other students will be considered if they are admitted by February 1, 2022 and apply to the Honors College by February 15, 2022.
  • Must be admitted to, enroll and participate in the Honors College program.
  • Annual award: $2,000
Founders Scholarship
  • Requires minimum 4.0 cumulative high school GPA.
  • Students admitted to the Honors College are given priority consideration.
  • Annual awards range from $1,000-$2,000
Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship
  • Available to African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino students.
  • Annual award:  $2,500

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Choose Ohio First

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program provides scholarship support to Ohio residents who wish to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine (STEMM). The state of Ohio, recognizing that a workforce trained in these areas is essential for strengthening our economy, has created this program to provide tuition support to Ohio residents pursuing STEMM degrees.


An essential part of the Choose Ohio First experience at Kent State is engagement in internships with our business partners in Ohio and/or in our research laboratories. Students who accept the scholarship are expected to participate in these internship and research opportunities. In addition, students will participate in seminars and speaker events and present their research and internship experiences during annual research days.

Learn more about Choose Ohio First

Flashes Go Further Scholarship

The Flashes Go Further Scholarship program was designed to help students graduate debt-free for tuition and general fees.  For more information, including eligibility criteria, please visit Flashes Go Further Scholarship information page.

Scholarship Search Checklist

Scholarship Search Checklist

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

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