K-12 Pipeline and Pre-College Engagement

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Choose Ohio First

Choose Ohio First is a scholarship opportunity for Ohio residents offered to new Kent State students with motivation for STEM education and engaging in work-based learning experiences.

Eligible majors include:

  • Aeronautics and Engineering
  • Biology and Biotechnology
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Technology at Tuscarawas
  • Environmental Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience
  • Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, and Mathematics at Stark

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College and Career Academies

Akron Public Schools, in partnership with Kent State University, has developed the College and Career Academies of Akron to transform traditional high school teaching and learning to provide all students with the advanced skills and experiences needed to become more successful, productive citizens in college, career and life.

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District of Colombia College Access Program

The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP) partnered with Kent State University to offer financial support and academic services to DC high school students to enroll in college and earn their degree.

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First Star Kent State Academy

The First Star Kent State Academy is a free, comprehensive four-year college access program for youth in foster care impacted by the opioid crisis.

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Flashes Strong Summer Bridge Program

A five-week summer program at the Kent campus eligible for incoming freshmen from our K-12 pipeline programs to jumpstart their college career by enrolling in two (2) three credit classes that will count towards their college degree. Students will receive free tuition, housing, meal plan, and course materials.

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LeBron James Family Foundation

Recognizing the life-changing importance of education, The LeBron James Family Foundation invest its time, resources, and attention in the kids of LeBron's hometown of Akron, Ohio. Its I PROMISE program serves more than 1,600+ Akron-area students by providing programs, support, and mentors needed to succeed in school and beyond.

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TRIO Upward Bound Programs

Pre-College/TRIO Upward Bound programs include three federal TRIO Upward Bound programs that seek to increase educational opportunities and diminish barriers for first-generation, low income students and families through comprehensive services in targeted school districts. Upward Bound provides equality, preparation and access for populations seeking entrance to post-secondary education.

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TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers

Providing financial and academic assistance through the college admission process to individuals who desire to pursue post-secondary education at Kent State University. Designed for those who are limited English proficient, traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, persons with disabilities, homeless children and youth, foster care youth, and other disconnected participants.

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