Rising Scholars

The Kent State Stark Rising Scholars Program provides students from Stark County a college-access program designed to give them and their families the knowledge, rigorous academic exposure and social support they will need to be successful at a world-class university.

Rising Scholars is designed to give first-generation and underrepresented students a pathway to achieve a college degree at no cost to participants. Our goal is for every student in our program to complete postsecondary education with the credentials necessary to succeed in his or her career.

Students who successfully complete the high-school portion of the program will be eligible to apply for a Rising Scholars Scholarship at Kent State Stark.


The Rising Scholars program includes:

  • Year-round enrichment workshops focused on STEM subjects, personal leadership, academic motivation, college readiness, career exploration and civic engagement
  • Earn college credits through the College Credit Plus (CCP) program while in high school
  • Summer sessions offering applied learning and service experiences
  • High stakes test preparation
  • Mentoring and advising
  • Parent workshops

Who should apply?

Interested students can apply in the spring semester of their 8th grade school year.

Our current Rising Scholars partner is the Canton City School District McKinley High School Bulldog Flash Academic Institute.

The application for admission will be available in January. More application details to come.