Merit Scholarships for First-Time Year Students from Outside of Ohio for Fall 2022

You will be considered for the first-year student merit scholarships listed below if you apply to Kent State University by February 1, 2022, with the exception of the Honors Distinction Award.  You must apply and be admitted to Kent State University by December 1, 2021 to be considered for an invitation to apply to the Honors College.

You must be classified as a non-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. Students admitted to an online bachelor's degree program will be considered for the Academic Achievement Award and not the President's Achievement Award.

Merit scholarships can be applied only to tuition, instructional and general fees.

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.  Please be aware that if you choose to use your test scores in the admission decision, the scores will also be used for scholarship consideration.   Students make this choice on their admission application.  Once you are admitted to Kent State University, you cannot change your decision. 

More information about Fall 2022 first-time student scholarships coming soon!

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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