Merit Scholarships for First-Time Year Students from Outside of Ohio for Fall 2023

Eligibility

You will be considered for first-year student merit scholarships if you apply to Kent State University by February 1, 2023. You must apply and be admitted to Kent State University by December 1, 2022 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.

Allowances

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.

 

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS | NON-OHIO RESIDENTS | AUTOMATIC RENEWABLE SCHOLARSHIPS

President’s Achievement Award
  • Annual awards range from $7,500 - $12,500
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, 2022 and who apply to the Honors College by December 15, 2022. 
  • All other students will be considered if they are admitted by February 1, 2023 and apply to the Honors College by February 15, 2023.
  • 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 students of underrepresented groups
  • Annual award:  $2,500
Steps for starting your scholarship search
Apply for Admission

To be considered for our merit scholarships, you'll need to be an admitted or returning Kent State Student. Get started with your Kent State application today.

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