Scholarships for New Freshmen in Ohio for Fall 2020

You will be considered for the incoming freshmen scholarships listed below by submitting a complete application for admission to Kent State by Feb. 1, 2020.  You must be a U.S. citizen and plan to 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 either the weighted or unweighted GPA, whichever is higher.  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, prior to the end of December 2019.  Test scores from test dates in 2020 will not be accepted for scholarship decisions.  

Academic Excellence Award

  • Requires minimum:
    • 3.25 cumulative high school GPA 
    • 21 ACT / 1060 SAT
  • Annual awards range from $1,000 - $4,000

Honors Distinction Award

  • Must apply, be admitted to, and participate in the Honors College
  • Requires minimum:
    • 3.6 cumulative high school GPA 
    • 27 ACT 
  • Annual awards range from $1,000 - $3,000

Honors Distinction Award in Residence

  • Must apply and be admitted to the Honors College
  • Must live in a University-owned residence hall
  • Must have minimum:
    • 4.0 cumulative high school GPA 
    • 31 ACT
  • Annual awards range from $500-$1,000

Founders Scholarship

  • Must have minimum:
    • 4.0 cumulative high school GPA
    • 31 ACT
  • 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

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