Merit Scholarships for First-Time Students from Ohio for Fall 2024


You will be considered for first-year student merit scholarships if you apply to Kent State University by March 15, 2024. You must apply and be admitted to Kent State University by December 1, 2023 to be considered for an invitation to apply to the Honors College.

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.


Merit scholarships can be applied only to tuition, instructional and general fees.  If a combination of the merit scholarship and any other tuition award exceeds the cost of tuition at Kent State University, the scholarship may be reduced or cancelled. If you will be the recipient of a Kent State University Employee Tuition Benefit Waiver, NEOMED employee tuition benefit or a tuition waiver offered by another college or university, your tuition scholarship offer will be reduced or cancelled.   

Test-Optional Scores & Test Score Impact on Scholarships

Kent State is test-optional, meaning students are not required to submit standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT).  If you have test scores, you can request that your scores not be used in your admission decision.  If submitted, the latest test scores that will be accepted for scholarship purposes is December 2023. Test scores taken after December 2023 will not be considered in the scholarship review process. 

Kent State will provide you with our best scholarship offer, regardless of whether test scores are used in your admission decision. 

Each of the scholarship programs listed below are competitive.  Awards are not guaranteed.

Steps for Starting your Scholarship Search

Apply for Admission

To be considered for our merit scholarships, you'll need to be an admitted or returning Kent State Student. Get started with your Kent State application today.

What's Your Why? 

Our students all have their “why” for choosing Kent State as an investment in their future. Find out more.

Check Out Kent State’s Scholarship Opportunities

ScholarshipUniverse is our scholarship-matching tool for admitted and current Kent State students. It connects Flashes to millions of dollars in external scholarships.

Many departments have special scholarships for students in their majors. You can also access scholarships that might not yet be in ScholarshipUniverse from the departmental listing, which appears alongside our ScholarshipUniverse login on this same web page.

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Complete the Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application

The Student Financial Aid Scholarship Application allows students to be considered for multiple scholarships by completing one application. Each scholarship program below is extremely competitive and awards will be based on available funding.


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