KENT STATE SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH

Scholarships

At Kent State University, our number one priority is students.  Our goal is to help each and every one of our students explore, engage and succeed with purpose. We believe it is important to provide access to higher education for all students, independent of financial background.

The Best Investment

What is the value of a Kent State education? It goes far beyond dollars and cents. Kent State is the best  investment in your future! 

  • ONLY NORTHEAST OHIO INSTITUTION in the top public schools ranking by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list
  • #1 IN OHIO
    #6 IN THE NATION
    best university makerspaces
    by great value colleges
  • $420 MILLION in financial aid and scholarships
    awarded in 2019-2020
  • 92% of graduates
    are employed
    or continuing their education within
    6 months of graduation

You will be considered for the first-year student merit scholarships listed below if you apply to Kent State University by February 1, 2021, with the exception of the Honors Distinction Award.

Each merit scholarship is a four-year renewable award and students can receive multiple merit scholarships.

Merit scholarships can be applied only to tuition, instructional and general fees. 

You must be classified as an 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. 

The latest cumulative high school GPA that can be used for merit scholarship purposes is the 7th semester high school GPA. Students admitted before the end of their 7th semester can submit an updated transcript by February 1, 2021, for scholarship reconsideration. Kent State will use the highest cumulative GPA on your high school transcript (weighted or unweighted).

You are not required to provide ACT or SAT test scores to be considered for admission, merit scholarships, or the Honors College program. However, if you choose to provide test scores as part of your admissions application, the latest test scores that will be accepted for scholarship purposes is December 2020. Test scores taken after December 2020 will not be considered in the scholarship review process.

Consideration for each merit scholarship is competitive.  Merit scholarships are not guaranteed.

Academic Achievement Award

  • Annual awards range from $1,000 - $4,000

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, 2020 and who apply to the Honors College by December 15, 2020. 
  • All other students will be considered if they are admitted by February 1, 2021 and apply to the Honors College by February 15, 2021.
  • Must be admitted to, enroll and participate in the Honors College program.
  • Annual awards range from $1,000 - $3,000

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

Many Colleges and departments offer scholarship opportunities.  These scholarship programs often require a separate application.  Use the Kent State Scholarship Search to look for additional scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply.

You will be considered for the first-year student merit scholarships listed below if you apply to Kent State University by February 1, 2021, with the exception of the Honors Distinction Award.

Each merit scholarship is a four-year renewable award and students can receive multiple merit scholarships.

Merit scholarships can be applied only to tuition, instructional and general fees.

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.

The latest cumulative high school GPA that can be used for merit scholarship purposes is the 7th semester high school GPA. Students admitted before the end of their 7th semester can submit an updated transcript by February 1, 2021, for scholarship reconsideration. Kent State will use the highest cumulative GPA on your high school transcript (weighted or unweighted).

You are not required to provide ACT or SAT test scores to be considered for admission, merit scholarships, or the Honors College program. However, if you choose to provide test scores as part of your admissions application, the latest test scores that will be accepted for scholarship purposes is December 2020. Test scores taken after December 2020 will not be considered in the scholarship review process.

Consideration for each merit scholarships in competitive.  Merit scholarships 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, 2020 and who apply to the Honors College by December 15, 2020. 
  • All other students will be considered if they are admitted by February 1, 2021 and apply to the Honors College by February 15, 2021.
  • Must be admitted to, enroll and participate in the Honors College program.
  • Annual awards range from $1,000 - $3,000

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

Many Colleges and departments offer scholarship opportunities. These scholarship programs often require a separate application. Use the Kent State Scholarship Search to look for additional scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply.

We want to make it affordable to finish your degree!

The transfer scholarships listed below are merit scholarships and are awarded automatically to students after they are admitted to Kent State University and all transcripts from previous institutions have been received and evaluated.  No additional application is required to be considered for these awards.  Transfer scholarships are competitive and funding is limited.

Many Colleges and departments offer scholarship opportunities as well.  These scholarship programs often require a separate application.  Use the Kent State Scholarship Search to look for additional scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply.

The Kent State online scholarship search engines allow you to explore the 700+ scholarship programs offered by Kent State’s Colleges and departments.   Many have separate scholarship application processes and deadlines vary.   Visit the search often to ensure you don’t miss an opportunity.

Students should search globally for scholarship opportunities.  Use one or more of the outside scholarship search engines we recommend.  

  1. Kent State’s online scholarship search for incoming first-year students 
  2. Kent State's online scholarship search for returning students and incoming transfer students
  3. A list of outside scholarship search engines
  4. 2020-2021 Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application

Additional Scholarship Information:


The Kent State online scholarship search engines allow you to explore the 700+ scholarship programs offered by Kent State’s Colleges and departments.   Many have separate scholarship application processes and deadlines vary.   Visit the search often to ensure you don’t miss an opportunity.

Students should search globally for scholarship opportunities.  Use one or more of the outside scholarship search engines we recommend.  

  1. Kent State’s online scholarship search for incoming first-year students 
  2. Kent State's online scholarship search for returning students and incoming transfer students
  3. A list of outside scholarship search engines
  4. 2020-2021 Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application