Welcome to Kent State ScholarshipUniverse!

This is a NEW search portal that helps match students to scholarships.
ScholarshipUniverse is a one stop shop and a matching system for all your scholarship needs. It allows you to create a profile that enables you to connect with various internal and external scholarship opportunities. To use the portal, you must be an admitted or continuing student at Kent State.

Did you know that Kent State automatically considers incoming, new first-year students and new transfer students for several merit scholarships? 

ScholarshipUniverse can help you find additional scholarships based on:

  • your major
  • academic achievements
  • financial need
  • activities and interests
  • and more!

Receiving a scholarship is not guaranteed and scholarships are competitive. That’s why you should apply to every scholarship you can to increase your chances of receiving additional scholarships.

To get started, you’ll need to complete a Student Profile in ScholarshipUniverse. The questions you’ll be asked to answer will help match you to scholarships. While you don’t have to answer all of these questions – the more you answer, the better your search results will be.

ScholarshipUniverse is able to match students to external scholarship opportunities. Each of these scholarships is very carefully reviewed before being included.

As ScholarshipUniverse continues to expand, you’ll be able to apply for all Kent State scholarships through this portal.



You must be a newly admitted or returning student to use ScholarshipUniverse. Not yet admitted? Apply now.

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Let's Get Started

Step 1: Log In

  • Current and Incoming students: Log in to ScholarshipUniverse by using your FlashLine credentials (email address and password).  

Step 2: Build your profile by answering a series of matching questions!

  • Start answering questions by clicking on the green tab on your dashboard or hovering over to the ‘Questions’ tab. 






Step 3: View Scholarships you may be eligible to apply for.



Kent State University Scholarships You Qualify For 

Contains open school/internal scholarships that the student matches with and are offered by various departments across the university.


Outside Scholarships You Qualify For

Contains open external scholarships that the student matches with that are available by sources outside of Kent State University. 

The Scholarships tab on the left-hand side provides an overview of Kent State University scholarships and outside scholarships that you qualify for.







To navigate to the scholarship screen, select Scholarships from the options on the left of the screen. 

The scholarship screen has several tabs that you may view: 

  • Matches – List of scholarships that contain requirements that you meet. These are scholarships that you can directly apply for.
  • Pinned – List of scholarships that you have pinned to your account. 
  • Partial Matches – List of scholarships that you have met at least one requirement, but not all the matching requirements. 
  • Application Submitted – List of scholarships you have already applied for. 
  • Awarded – List of scholarships you have been awarded. 
  • Non-Matches – List of scholarships that are not a match based on their requirements. 
  • Not Interested – List of scholarships that you have marked as not interested in.

Step 4: Apply for scholarships 

  • To apply for a scholarship, select the Apply button to open the scholarship application. 
  • Once you start applying for a scholarship, the Apply button changes to Continue Application in case you exit the application.
  • Once you start or complete an application, the application will appear in the Applications screen.






Step 5: Review and verify your eligibility for the scholarship






  • If you need to edit any of the information, select Edit. 
  • Once you have verified the information, check the I Verify box. 
  • Click Continue. 
  • Make sure to complete all sections of the application. 
  • Click the Submit button to submit the application. 
  • If you leave the application prior to submitting it, you may return to the application later from the Applications or Scholarships screens.
ScholarshipUniverse Video Tutorials
ScholarshipUniverse Tips

How to search for scholarship opportunities on ScholarshipUniverse as a student

Filter Options:

  • Go to the Scholarships tab on the left hand side of the screen then click on the “Filter” button on the top right hand side of the screen.
Profile page
  • From here, students have the ability to search for specific scholarships OR scholarships offered by specific college/department by typing the scholarship name or selecting the organization and department from the Filter options and clicking ‘Apply’.
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  • View scholarship opportunities under Partial or Non Matches Scholarships (Scholarships available to students that they only partially match to OR scholarships that they did not match to at all.)
    • Step 1: Click on PARTIAL MATCHES and/or NON-MATCHES tab. Click on VIEW on each scholarship to review details.. 
scholarship tab
  • Step 2: Look for the green circle with a green check mark. These match questions you have matched to on the scholarship, to apply to the application of the scholarship, you must match to all the questions. In the ‘YOUR ANSWER’ column, if there is no answer, click on the PENCIL to edit/answer this question. 
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  • Step 3: From here, you can now answer the question. If you answer the question to the matching value of what is needed for the scholarship, you can now apply to the scholarship. If you do not answer the question to the matching value that is needed for the scholarship, you can not apply. 
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  • Step 4: If you have answered the question to the matching value of the scholarship, you can now go to ‘CONTINUE APPLICATION’ and apply to the application of the scholarship. 
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Application Tab

SU application tab




  • If you have scholarships that have been started but have not been completed, they will be listed in the In Progress section. 
  • If you have completed scholarships, these will be listed in the Submitted section.

Uploading and Viewing Student Documents for Applications

To navigate to the My Documents page, click on My Docs in the left navigation menu.

SU my docs page




On the My Documents page, you have the following 2 tabs (each representing a different status): 

  • Active: Documents that the student has uploaded or created in their account, which are currently available to use while answering questions or submitting applications. 
  • Inactive: Documents that the student has removed from their account. Documents that have been removed are still stored as they could be in use by applications. Documents that are inactive are not currently available to use while answering questions or submitting applications. 

Details of each document include the following: 

  • Name: The given display name of the student’s document.  
  • Document Type: The type of document the student uploaded or created. 
  • Last Modified: The date the document was last modified (or uploaded/created if no modifications have been made since).

Adding a Document

Click the Add +button to open the Add Document.







  • Enter a name for the new document in the Field Name text box. This name will be the display name for the file in ScholarshipUniverse. 
  • Select a Document Type. 
  • Upload or Compose your document. 


A request is used to request a Recommendation Letter. This option allows ScholarshipUniverse to send your requestee a notification and gives them the option to accept or deny the request.  

  • Select Request asks for a recommendation letter. 
  • Selecting the Cancel button returns you to the My Documents screen. 
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  • Once a letter of recommendation is requested, it will display on the My Documents page as Pending. 
  • If the requestee provides a letter of recommendation, the document will no longer display as Pending on your list of documents. 
  • If the requestee declines to provide a letter of recommendation for you, the document will be removed from your list of documents.

Additional Tips

  • Look for programs and organizations you are affiliated with.
  • Answering the Matching Questions in ScholarshipUniverse will ensure you are being matched to scholarships that most closely fit your profile.
  • Keep in mind that the database of scholarships can have approximately more than 8,000 scholarships, at any given time, so it’s very important to be specific when creating a profile to ensure that you are getting the most relevant matches.
ScholarshipUniverse FAQs

What is Scholarship Universe?

Scholarship Universe (SU) is our scholarship-matching tool for admitted Kent State University students. It is a one stop shop for all your scholarship needs. Scholarship Universe is our way of helping you make college affordable and can help you find a variety of different scholarships in one place based on the following information: major, academic standing/achievements, financial need, activities, interests and more!

How do I log in to Scholarship Universe?

Kent State University students can log in to Scholarship Universe with their FlashLine credentials by clicking on the Student Login button on the website.

Do I have to be a student at Kent State University to use Scholarship Universe?

Yes, you will need to be admitted to the Kent State University and have established your FlashLine credentials (email and password) in order to log in to Scholarship Universe. Individuals including parents or prospective students who have not been admitted yet to Kent State can also access our ScholarshipUniverse public page.

What types of scholarships are available on Scholarship Universe?

There are several types of scholarships available! You can find scholarships based on your major, minor, college, department, regional campus, academic merits, financial need, hobbies, interests, affiliations, and more. Scholarships can come from two different sources. School Scholarships are internal and are offered by various departments across campus. External Scholarships are available by sources outside of Kent State University. These can be offered from local, state, or national organizations. Every scholarship posted in Scholarship Universe comes from a reliable source.

How do I start using Scholarship Universe to find scholarships?

You first need to complete your student profile by answering several matching questions. These questions are designed to match you with scholarships for which you are eligible. It is recommended that you answer all profile questions before reviewing your scholarship matches.

How often should I visit Scholarship Universe?

It is recommended that you log in to Scholarship Universe at least once a week to stay up to date on any new scholarships that are posted and apply before their deadline. During the peak scholarship application season typically, mid fall semester (October) through mid-spring semester (March), it is recommended to log in more frequently.

Can I search for a specific scholarship?

Yes! You can click on the Scholarships tab and then select the Sort/Filter option on the top right corner. You can sort by internal School Scholarships, search by name. When using the filter function, a filter box will pop up, from there you can type the specific scholarships you are looking for or filter by organization etc.

How many profile questions do I have to answer?

It depends! The more profile questions you answer, the more streamlined the process is, the more targeted the applications are, and the more scholarships you might be matched to now and in the future. If you have new profile questions to answer, you will see a green bar on your Dashboard. You can also view the questions you have already answered and update them by clicking on the Questions tab.

What are my chances of actually getting a scholarship?

Every year, millions of scholarship dollars are awarded to Kent State University students. While receiving a scholarship is not guaranteed, you can increase your chances by applying to as many scholarships as you can.

Can I be awarded more than one scholarship? Is there a maximum amount I can receive? How much are these scholarships typically for?

Yes! Millions of scholarship dollars are awarded to thousands of Kent State University students every year. Award amounts can vary and can typically be combined with other merit scholarships and financial aid awards. However, a student may not receive aid that exceeds their cost of attendance.

How do I edit my profile questions?

It's easy to make changes to your profile questions in 3 easy steps. First, click on the Questions tab from the menu on the left. Second, filter for the question or a keyword. Third, click on the pencil icon to edit your response. 

How do I request a Letter of Recommendation for a scholarship?

If a scholarship application requires that you request a Letter of Recommendation, you can do this directly through Scholarship Universe. Please be sure to ask your recommender before completing your application. Let them know to expect an email from Scholarship Universe with instructions on how to upload your letter.

I submitted my application already. Can I make edits to my essays or upload a different document?

Yes, you can edit your submitted application such as essay responses as long as the scholarship is still open. Once the deadline has passed, you will no longer be able to make edits. We highly recommend reviewing all documents and essays thoroughly at the time of submission. After the first submission of the Application, Documents that are attached to the Application are not editable.

When will I hear back about the scholarship I applied for in Scholarship Universe?

Since each department/campus is responsible for reviewing applications, the awarding timeline will vary. Generally, the review period begins once the deadline closes and most of them wrap up during late spring through early summer term or before the fall semester begins. If you are selected for a scholarship, you will receive an email from Scholarship Universe informing you of any potential next steps such as submitting a Thank You Letter. You may also receive a separate communication from the awarding department with additional information. 

How do I check the status of my application?

To check the status of a scholarship, navigate to the Scholarships tab from the menu and then select the Application Submitted tab. From there, you can see the status of the scholarship you applied to. If the scholarship does not appear on this page, this means the scholarship review process has been completed for this scholarship. 

I received an email stating I have to provide a Thank You Letter or Accept my Award in order to receive my scholarship, how do I do this?

Any outstanding tasks that you are required to complete such as Thank You Letters or Award Acceptance can be done directly from your Scholarship Universe profile under the Action Required section of your Dashboard. Follow the prompts to submit your Thank You Letter or Accept Your Award by the deadline posted.

How do I know if I am subscribed to emails and text messages?

You can check to see if you are subscribed by clicking on your name on the upper right-hand corner and clicking on Profile. You can view your Communication preferences to see if you are subscribed and adjust your preferences accordingly.

I keep getting emails about scholarship application(s) still requiring follow up. How do I check on that?

Log back into ScholarshipUniverse and look at your dashboard. There are different tabs that tell you which scholarships you match to, partially match to, do not match to and have already submitted an application for, etc.

I’m having technical difficulties with Scholarship Universe. Who do I reach out to?

For general inquiries about Kent State University scholarships in Scholarship Universe, feel free to email us at scholarships@kent.edu. For any technical difficulties, we recommend you contact the Scholarship Universe Support Team by submitting Feedback. Please be specific in describing your situation and include as much detail as possible, including error codes if applicable, so that the team can work quickly to resolve the issue. Once your feedback has been submitted, you may be asked to provide screenshots and other helpful information to allow the Scholarship Universe Support Team to provide you with the best support they can.

More Campus and College Scholarship Opportunities

Be sure to fill out your Student Profile so that you can then review the scholarship opportunities available in ScholarshipUniverse.

All campuses, departments, and colleges (academic and nonacademic department scholarships) awarded at Kent State University are now available to be applied for and awarded through ScholarshipUniverse! Check out the portal and start applying NOW!

Campus and College Scholarships

Additional internal scholarship information featured by each campus, college and department are posted on their individual websites. Click on each link below to learn more about Kent State University’s scholarship opportunities!

Tips & Tricks

Access ways to find scholarship opportunities through your personal and professional networks, as well as how-to videos ranging from accepting scholarships to writing scholarship essays.

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Scholarship FAQs

We are here to help. If you have a question, chances are others may have similar questions for which we have easy-to-access answers.

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Although most of your forms will be completed through Scholarship Universe as its functionality expands, you will find a few additional forms on this web page.

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