Merit Scholarships for First-Time Year Students from Outside of 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 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. .  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.


President’s Achievement Award
  • Annual awards range from $4,000 - $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, 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

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.

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.