Welcome the Oscar Ritchie Scholars!Oscar Ritchie

Congratulations, you are a recipient of a very prestigious scholarship at Kent State University. Oscar Ritchie was the first African-American male to serve on the faculty of any predominantly white university in Ohio.


As a scholar, Oscar Ritchie would want you to:

  • Achieve Academic Excellence

  • Get Involved in organizations, committees, etc.

  • Get Involved in a Mentorship Program

  • Become a Mentor

  • Give Back to the Community 

  • Become a Thinker

  • Educate Yourself

As a scholar, you have an opportunity to participate in the Oscar Ritchie Scholars Initiative. This initiative was created to cultivate opportunities for you to connect, engage and thrive at Kent State University and beyond. This initiative is comprised of two interconnected components:

Academic Achievement

Check out the various programs and initiatives offered with your respective college. For more information, please contact your College Representative.

Social and Cultural Enrichment

Are you looking for more in-depth activities? Please provide us with some suggestions by emailing us at student_multicultural_center@kent.edu.